Great turnout for 20th Annual Car Show and Shine

By Shannon Johnson

On June 1, Baker residents and car enthusiasts came together at the Bank of Baker parking lot and Prairie Rose Classics to enjoy the 20th Annual Show and Shine that is put on by the Classic Cruisers Car Club.

The warm weather made for a good turnout, with 75 cars and pickups from Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This is ten more vehicles than the 65 that had been featured on the cold and windy day of last year’s Show and Shine.

The oldest vehicle featured at this year’s Show and Shine was a 1923 Model T Ford, 89 years older than the two newest vehicles that were featured: a 2012 Dodge Challenger and a 2012 Chevy Camaro.

The original crew for the Baker Car Show were Dean Wang, Gretchen Gorder, Don Buerkle, Steve Baldwin, Tom Gorder, Tom & Traci Bruha and Doug Havens.

The first car show was May 29, 1999 at the Randash Motors corner lot. It stayed there until 2002 when it was held at the Fallon Medical Complex parking lot. The show remained there until 2015. That year they moved it to the Baker Lake parking lot for three years. The last two years it was held downtown by the Prairie Rose Classics Car Museum and in the Bank of Baker parking lot.

When they started, they had categories for the vehicles and gave awards. In 2013, they decided to lessen the work load and just enjoy the day more and the Car Show became a Show and Shine. They do give something to the out of town car club with the most participating members.