Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Close up at the Faribo Drag-On’s Car Club Show, Part II June 1, 2018

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CAR SHOWS, at first glance, seem simply an event for car enthusiasts to gather and showcase their vehicles to the public.





But I see more. Much more.



Under the hood of a Mustang.



I see beyond a community of like-minded individuals who admire engines and shiny surfaces. I see the details, too.



On the roof of a vehicle…


A creative foot rest on a motorcycle.


Among all the bright colors, the throngs of people, the draw of trophies, I see humor. Art. History. Personal pride.





And I see dedication in the groups who organize these events. Like the Faribo Drag-On’s Car Club, host of the show photographed here. These club members hold a deep appreciation for motor vehicles, especially vintage.




The best sounding exhaust trophy.


That they share this love with folks like me, who will never own a vintage vehicle, is a gift. I can walk here among these cars and trucks and appreciate, admire, enjoy.





If you’ve never taken in a car show, I’d suggest you do so. You’ll experience a sense of community, an appreciation for classic vehicles and a grassroots connection to simpler times. There’s a lot to be said for that in today’s rat race world.


FYI: Faribault Main Street hosts a monthly (during the summer) Faribault Car Cruise Night. The next car show will be from 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, June 15, along Central Avenue in historic downtown Faribault.

Or, you can take in a car show from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. this Saturday, June 2, at Babe Nordmeier Baseball Field in Morristown during the town’s annual Dam Days celebration.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “Close up at the Faribo Drag-On’s Car Club Show, Part II”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Always fun posts when you do car shows. There are some real enthusiasts show do these shows and it is fun to see their creativity.

  2. Murphy's Law Says:

    You definitely see more Audrey. There’s so many details I would’ve absolutely missed, so thank you for your keen eye. The ’56 Plymouth is a beauty…but really, they all are.

    And yes, hubby actually touched the iPad again and looked through the photos….TWICE!! We both laughed out loud at the sneaker footrest on the motorcycle! That is beyond clever.

    You must have a crystal ball and included the photo of the “best sounding exhaust trophy” just for me. As we were driving home from the market yesterday, our muffler wasn’t sounding good at all. So off to the mechanic. Yep, we needed a new exhaust system!! Dang potholes! Audrey, you can’t make this stuff up.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

    • I hereby virtually award that exhaust trophy to you and your husband.

      I, too, laughed at that sneaker foot rest and though, how creative.

      Well, then, I accept the honor of having drawn your husband to a blog two days in a row.

  3. Almost Iowa Says:

    Egads, was that a smart car in the third picture? If so, that is just plain wrong. 🙂

  4. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    I love the shoe foot rest. Beautiful cars! I saw a few that would look good in my garage

  5. Sue Ready Says:

    Indeed you do have a keen eye for small details most would overlook, humor and all. But what really impresses me is you are able to look deep into the soul of this community event and the camaraderie it encourages among like individuals and the joy and appreciation of vintage cars brings to all who come to view.

  6. Jackie Says:

    I like how you love and notice the detail!

  7. Wonderful pictures Audrey.

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