THREE OAKS — The 30th Four A’s Car Show was held July 25 at Three Oaks American Legion Post 204, and it marked the end of an era.
Jerry Denton of New Buffalo said he’s been president of the Four A’s Car Club “on and off for the last 30 years.”
But he’s stepping down after his current term ends to let Dave Rubicki take over as president and Terry Conway serve as Vice President.
But that doesn’t mean Denton and his cars (currently a 1930 Ford Model A sedan and a 1958 Ford Fairlane) won’t turn up at future car shows.
Denton spends his winters in Arizona, which is the last place he saw one of his former classic autos, a 1930 Model A five-window street rod.
“I took it to a car show, went back to the hotel at Surprise, Arizona where the show was, and the next morning I got up and my truck, trailer and the car, everything, was gone — stolen.”
A friend of Denton’s, Glen Davis, brought his 1933 Willy’s street rod all the way from Arizona for the July 25 show in Three Oaks.
“I show with him when I go out to Arizona,” Denton said. “He wanted to come to our show.”
Davis said he lived in Indiana about 20 years ago, but this is the first time he’s brought a car to the Four A’s Show in Three Oaks.
The 2020 Four A’s Car Show was a scaled-back affair, although club member Dave Grayson’s running 1986 Yugo drew a lot of attention. It also showed up this year — still running strong.
Donna Parquette, secretary of the Four A’s Car Club, said the 30th anniversary show was a return to form, with about 100 cars entered (and a few more classics scattered through the parking area).
“It’s a big deal for us because it’s 30 years and our money all goes to Shriner’s Hospital.”
She said the first years of the show were held at the Ford dealership across U.S. 12 before it was moved to the American Legion Post for the past 23 years.
“This is our home right here at the post, they treat us so well and we love the people that come out to see us (two of them joined the Four A’s club this year).”
A total of 77 “old-school trophies” were awarded at the conclusion of the Three Oaks show.
Parquette said the club’s other main car show is scheduled for Aug. 7-8 at Washington Park in Michigan City during the Grand Prix boat races (admission is free).
For more information, go to www.fourascarclub.org or @fourascarclub on Facebook.