We hope you’ll make plans to enter the 2019 Chautauqua Car & Tractor Show. Any money raised through this event is donated to community projects. The show will unfold on the corner of Main and Grand Streets (leading east from the 4-way stop) on Chautauqua Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Registration 9-11 a.m. Each entry requires a $15 fee. Large trophies are given to class winners. Show awards will be announced at 2 p.m. for the following:
Best of Show People’s Choice Mayor’s Choice Top 10
For further information, call the Chautauqua Car & Tractor Show Chairman — James Wilson, 660.663.9353.
2018 Chautauqua Car Show Results
Gallatin Senior Center was the big winner of the 2018 Chautauqua Car & Tractor Show, receiving net proceeds from the event. More entries participated compared to previous years with the following results: Best of Show: Sam Caselman of Trenton, 1969 Ford Torino GT; People’s Choice: (cash voting raised $297 for Gallatin Senior Center) Ross Worley, 1964 Chevy Corvette; Mayor’s Choice: Denton Clark, 1968 Camaro RS SS. Top Ten: 1. Dan Turner, 1958 Studebaker; 2. Wayne Webb, 1968 F-100 Ranger; 3. Sandy and Carl McDaniel, 1946 Chevy Pickup; 4. Jim Painter, 1966 Pontiac GTO; 5. David Haase, 1964 Ford Falcon; 6. David Mulnix, 1964 Pontiac GTO; 7. Denton Clark, 1968 Camaro RS SS; 8. Harold Gibson, 1939 Dodge Pickup; 9. Marvin Whitaker, 1968 Pontiac GTO Convertible; 10. Terry Kinder, 1961 F100 Unibody & 1971 Compact Junior Camper. Tractors: 1. David Mulnix, 1967 350 Farmall; 2. Garry Holcomb, 1949 John Deere AWH; 3. Garry Holcomb, 1952 John Deere A.
Car Show Chairman James Wilson, left, presents the 2019 Best of Show
to Sam Caselman of Trenton for his 1969 Ford Torino GT
Sam Caselman of Edinburgh won the Best in Show car award during the 2018 Chautauqua at Gallatin. “I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Sam says of the trophy. “It’s been a long journey.” The pretty powder blue car started as a family car, then was sold, found more or less as a piece of junk, and finally restored to become a top winner at numerous car shows.
Sam said his mother Drucilla is actually the one who picked the car out when his father Ed bought it from Swofford Motor Company in Gallatin in 1970. “Dad was looking at another car, but mom told him there was a pretty one over there, and so he wound up buying it,” Sam says. His father bought the 1969 Ford Torino GT new. It was the family car and his parents brought Sam home from the hospital in the car in 1971. His folks owned the car until 1979.
“I was sick when they sold it,” Sam says. “I wanted it from the time dad sold it until the time I could get it back.” Sam finally tracked the car down in 2002. He was 31 years old by that time. “It was totally disassembled when I found it; it wasn’t really in good enough shape to restore,” he says. But it was special, and Sam was determined. It took him and his father five years tracking down parts for the top-to-bottom, period-correct work over. “We went to over 20 different states tracking down parts and services to make it original again,” Sam says. “The hardest part to get was the driver’s side quarter panel, above the rear fender. We drove all the way to Green Bay, WI, to pick it up.”
They were finished with the restorations and began showing it in 2007. Sam went to 71 shows and won 68 trophies. In 2014 he lost his father and didn’t show the car for a whole year. “Then in 2015 I showed again and won a nice trophy and on the way home I hit a nice deer,” he says. “It destroyed the front and the passenger side.” He spent another two years fixing the car back up. He started showing again in 2017 and has taken the car to 12 shows. “It’s been worth the trouble,” Sam says. “It’s been a labor of love, for sure.”
2017 Chautauqua Car Show Results
A fundraiser coordinated through the 2017 Chautauqua Car Show netted over $700 before expenses, with net proceeds to benefit the Area Agency on Aging Center in Gallatin. The 2017 Chautauqua Car Show attracted over 30 entries with trophies sponsored by local businesses. 2017 Best of Show: Steve Beck of Gallatin, 1957 Chevy Suburban; 2017 People’s Choice Award: Laura Cook of Cameron, 1928 Model A (a tie-breaker determined the trophy winner; others with identical judging scores were John Wilson of St. Joseph and Dan Claycomb, Stewartsville).
Top 10 Entries (in no particular order): Dan Mason’s 1963 Chevy Impala, Jim Painter’s 1967 Firebird; Steve Brightman’s 1969 Chevy Camaro, Doug Long’s 1971 Chevy Camaro, John Wilson’s 1973 VW van, Brian Suan’s 1978 Chevy pickeup, Ron Provin’s 1926 Model T, Larry Burrell’s 1967 Chevy pickup, Eric Knott’s 1967 Camaro, and Brice Terry’s 1933 Chevy pickup
2016 Chautauqua Car Show Results
2016 Best of Show: Jack Barton of Gallatin
2016 People’s Choice Award: Mitch Riley of Gallatin’s 1965 Chevy ImpalaA fundrais