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  • More than 300 vehicles in Loafers Car Show

  • The 2014 Loafers Car Show in Hannibal on May 10 had 305 entries, a few more than in 2013, when 296 vehicles were entered.
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  • The 2014 Loafers Car Show in Hannibal on May 10 had 305 entries, a few more than in 2013, when 296 vehicles were entered.
    Loafers Club spokesman Allan Wideman explained that in addition to the entries, approximately 30 cars owned by Loafers club members were on display along North Main Street; however, the club members’ cars do not compete in the show.
    Several states were represented by the car owners, and some also had local connections.
    Among them was Bill Ritzel of Troy, Ill., who drove his 1932 Ford Roadster 140 miles to the show. At the show, Ritzel was accompanied by his grandson, 14-year-old Carter Munch, the son of Karen and Dr. Marshall Munch of Hannibal.
    Ritzel’s car won first place in its class, Street Rod Open, on Saturday. It had previously won first place in 31 shows and also 11 Best of Show awards for street rods.
    Sonja and Michael Poropat of St. Louis drove both of their Morgans to the show. He explained the Morgan company is “the oldest independently owned car company on the planet.” It is family-owned and the cars are made in Malvern Link, England.
    Only 433 of their green 1963 Morgan, a “drophead coupe” (convertible), were made, he said. It has a four-cylinder, Triumph engine.
    Cars like their blue 1968 Morgan Roadster totaled 4,485, Michael Poropat said, and were made from 1954 to 1968.
    Owning Morgans, he said, is “like a disease. Once you get it, you’ve got to get more.”
    Donna Downs of Colona, Ill., brought back her 1934 Hupmobile Cabriolet, the Best of Show winner from the 2013 Loafers Car Show. The car had a sign stating, “In loving memory of Bruce Downs, 1949-2012.”
    One of the smallest cars was a red and white 1958 BMW Isetta, owned by Steve and Geri Lenoch of Coralville, Iowa.
    The 2014 First place winners were:
    • Bill Ritzel, Troy, Ill., 1932 Ford Roadster.
    • John Miller, Petersburg, Ill., 1932 Ford coupe
    • Don and Cathy Hansen, Perry, Mo., 1934 Chevy three-window coupe, also won Best Interior.
    • Curt Clarida, Springfield, Ill., ’36 Pierce Arrow four-door sedan
    • Ray and Darlene Hetherly, Wappapello, Mo., ‘48 Chevy pickup
    • Karmy and Betty Schone, Chapin, Ill., ’57 Chevy 150 sedan, also won Best of Show
    • Randy Rigg, Mount Sterling, Ill., ’64 Ford Fairlane
    • Donald Gierer, Villa ridge, Mo., ’70 Plymouth Cuda
    • Jim Clayton, Winchester, Ill., ’53 Chevy pickup
    • Joel Buchanan, Jacksonville, Ill., ’02 Ford F-100
    • Jack and Tina Thomas, Chatham, Ill., ’56 Ford F-100
    Page 2 of 2 - • Douglass Winholt, Owensville, Mo., ’67 Ford Mustang convertible.
    • Ray Ayres, Quincy, Ill., ’94 Ford Mustang Cobra/Roush
    • Jason Locke, Hannibal, 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500
    • Robert J. Rauscher, Kansas City, Mo., ‘70 Chevy Corvette coupe
    • Erich Westphal, Williamsville, Ill., ’98 Chevy Corvette Pace Car convertible
    • Ron and Pam Scattergood, Chatham, Ill., 2004 Chevy Corvette
    • Jack E. Sill, Quincy, Ill., ’50 Ford TR
    • Wayne Houseman, Union, Mo., ’56 Chevy Bel-Air convertible
    • Eugene J. Kroencke, Bluffs, Ill., ’62 Ford T-Bird Landau
    • Tom Smith, Tallula, Ill., ’66 Pontiac GTO
    • Paul and Linda Warden, Florissant, Mo., ’68 Dodge Charger RT
    • Curtis Brooks, St. Peters, Mo., ’70 Dodge Charger
    • Marsha Miller, Petersburg, Ill., ’88 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z
    • Scott Farr, La Grange, Mo., 2011 Dodge Challenger RT
    • Daryl and Deb Lewis, Iowa City, Iowa, ’60 Chevy Impala convertible
    • Russ and Patti Gray, Cedar Rapids, Ill., ’69 Chevy Camaro, also won Best Engine
    • Bill and Cheryl Whitehurse, Boonville, Mo., ’40 Ford standard coupe
    • Lloyd Smith, Tama, Iowa, ’64 Dodge 330 Super Stock 426 Max Wedge
    • Jason Self, Quincy, Ill., ’50 Chevy truck
    • Bob and Lois Graves, Shelbina, Mo. ’62 VW double cab
    • Dave and Nancy Clapper, Union, Mo., won Best Paint and Body for their 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible, a second place winner.
    Information about the club is on the website http://www.motortopia.com/car-clubs/loafers-1263
    See photo gallery for more pictures.
     

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