Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Crazy about cars in Kenyon, Part II August 26, 2014

Vintage vehicles lined several blocks of a residential neighborhood just off the main drag through town, Minnesota State Highway 60. The location was perfect for those wishing to check out the downtown.

Vintage vehicles lined several blocks of a residential neighborhood just off the main drag, Minnesota State Highway 60. The location was perfect for those wishing to check out downtown Kenyon.

A RECENT CAR SHOW in Kenyon, at this southern Minnesota community’s annual Rose Fest, presented a multitude of photo ops.

I'm always drawn to details like this dice on a lock.

I’m always drawn to details like this die on a lock.

I focused on the shiny, the unusual, the beautiful, the interesting, the whatever caught my eye.

I called this a hippie van.

I called this a hippie van.

And between all that photographing, I met John, a former co-worker of my husband, and John’s wife, Diane. John and Randy had not seen each other in something like 35 years, when they worked together at a Rochester automotive parts store. John recognized Randy first. It was a wonderful moment, to see these two guys reconnect.

So sometimes it is not all about the cars. It is about the people and the moments. And rats if I didn’t fail to photograph that reunion.

Enjoy these images from the Rose Fest Car Show, minus John and Randy.

I prefer original, but some guys like to modify their cars.

I prefer original, but some guys like to modify their cars.

Love the graceful curves of this Bel Air.

Love the graceful curves of this Bel Air.

A mini version of the car always draws my artistic attention.

A mini version of the car always draws my artistic attention.

Composing this image, I appreciated the melding of car and beautiful house. Turns out the house is a funeral home.

Composing this image, I appreciated the melding of car and beautiful house. Turns out the house is a funeral home.

So many trophies I wondered if everyone gets one.

So many trophies I wondered if everyone gets one.

I'm ever watchful for shiny bumpers and reflections.

I’m ever watchful for shiny bumpers and reflections.

Remember going to the A & W drive-in?

Remember going to the A & W drive-in?

I still don't understand this staging.

I still don’t understand this staging.

All original.

All original.

Always appreciate the dice.

Always appreciate the dice.

A Chevy my husband likely wishes he owned.

A Chevy my husband likely wishes he owned.

Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

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12 Responses to “Crazy about cars in Kenyon, Part II”

  1. hotlyspiced Says:

    I love how the owners of these cars are so proud of them. It’s evident in how well they keep them. I think the Bel Air is my favourite. And how fabulous that John and Randy were able to reconnect after all those years. What a wonderful day! xx

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    Love all the metal and chrome – a distinct contrast to today’s plastic cars.

  3. That red pick-up is pretty nice. We own an older car (a 1975 Karmann Ghia) and on the rare occasions I’m in it, I’m always struck by how skinny the steering wheel is and how vinyl-y the seats are. We forget sometimes that car interiors have changed as much as the exteriors.

  4. You find the most interesting hoods on cars. Cool Captures! Happy Day 🙂

  5. Beth Ann Says:

    The Street Dance on Friday night had a few cars and motorcycles that were vintage and in very good shape. I love to see them and have huge admiration for those who spend time and energy (and money) to restore. It is definitely a labor of love, isn’t it?

  6. Neil Says:

    I can hardly believe that you didn’t recognize the hippie van as The Mystery Machine from ‘”Scooby Doo!” Obviously, you never watched this cartoon that has been around since at least the ’70’s.


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