Humboldt show attracts classic cars, 4-H project

HUMBOLDT – While it’s certainly not the only difference between a Ford Model A and Ford Model T, the lack of a rumble seat in the Model T helped George Hudson decide which one to purchase.

He had his 1924 version of the Model T on display Saturday at the Humboldt Model A Club car show in the Hy-Vee parking lot.

A back seat makes it easier on grandparents when the grandkids are around the car.

“In a rumble seat,” he said, “it’s hard to hear what they’re doing.”

He said they enjoy going for rides in the car as well as just hanging out inside; during the show, they were busy with coloring and note books.

He purchased the vehicle from a seller in South Dakota.

“I’m not the first owner,” he said. “He had it till he was 90.”

Will it ever end up being the grandchildren’s car?

“Mackenzie wants it, but she wants to paint it pink,” his wife Sandy said. “That won’t happen while Grandpa has it.”

Nearby, Colby Lane, 10, of Goldfield, was sitting in a bright yellow 1976 Corvette.

It belongs to his grandmother, Karen Lane.

He’s gotten a few rides in the car – “For car shows,” he said.

He’s still got a few years to wait before sitting behind the wheel will involve keys in the ignition, a tank of gas and road in front of the hood.

“I want to,” he said, of getting to drive it.

Not all of the vehicles at the show are completely, well, conventional.

Sarah Rasmussen, 16, of Goldfield, was displaying her 4-H project called “Sarah’s Big Girl Trike.”

Her dad, Scott Rasmussen, said they worked on it during rainy days. They began in February and finished up right before the Fourth of July. It did well locally and qualified for the Iowa State Fair.

The three-wheel, nearly 10-foot-tall machine was inspired by a giant tricycle they saw during a visit to Minnesota.

They went one better.

“We’re going to put a motor on it,” he said.

The machine will go about 10 miles per hour with Dad driving it; 12 to 14 with Sarah Rasmussen. It’s powered by a 5 1/2 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine.

Constructed mostly of square steel tubing and sheets, it does have a few John Deere parts to match the green paint and yellow trim.

“The front and back tires and rims, ” he said, and in addition, the steps, seat and cushion.

They did have one problem with it; once it was completed, getting it out of the shop proved a tight fit.

“It’s a few inches shy of 10 feet,” he said. “That’s how tall the door is.”

For many people, a vehicle becomes a part of the family. For Jim Lemmenes, of Humboldt, some of those events are displayed on a board next to his red 1968 Volkswagen Bug.

He purchased the car in 1975 for $1,150.

“I was looking for cheap transportation,” he said. “I dated my wife in this thing.”

He said he enjoys it when people share their Bug stories with him.

He, of course, has a few of his own.

“I used to go hunting with this,” he said. “I had a dog that went with me, and he would get excited whenever he heard the engine.”

This led to the dog deciding to get into the car on his own once.

“He launched himself through the open window then just sat there waiting for me,” he said.