Quincy News

Future of auto club's car show is uncertain after closing of Antique Auto Museum

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 19, 2017 9:00 am

QUINCY -- Tri-State residents had the opportunity to attend Sunday what is being called the last Mississippi Valley Historic Auto Club Father's Day car show. Sunday's show marked its 50th year of being held.

"With the loss of the Antique Auto Museum, we're uncertain about the future of the show," club secretary Betty Gebhardt said.

The Antique Auto Museum was built in Quincy's All America Park in 1968. However, a judge ruled in May 2016 that the club had no official agreement with the Quincy Park District to operate the museum on district property. The museum was torn down, leaving the club without a building to house and showcase its many antique vehicles.

"It's sad, but it's a fun event today, and we're going out with a bang," Gebhardt said.

The show was held on the Quincy Museum grounds for the first time. Club members estimate about 50 cars were displayed, and 14 trophies, many of which were from previous years and had a 2017 plaque placed over them, were handed out for various classes.

"The Quincy Museum has been very generous and given us free range on the grounds. It's spacious, and the property is beautiful," club member Robert Beever said. "We've got a great turnout and a good variety of cars. One person here is from Kirksville (Mo.), and I've seen some Iowa plates."

Many families made the show part of their Father's Day plans.

"We have family members with cars in the show, so we thought we'd come out, enjoy it and see the Quincy Museum," Heather Mayfield said of why she, her husband and two children attended the event. "We always come to look at the cars on Father's Day, and it's a great way to see people you know and keep in touch."

Rollie Lee of Barry, Ill., attended the show to display his 1970 Dodge Charger.

"I go to a lot of shows, and this is a beautiful place to have a car show. The ambiance here is great," he said. "It's sad about this possibly being the club's last car show. I hate to see it end."

The club's past president of about five years ago, John Gebhardt, said the closing of the Antique Auto Museum has been hard on club members. A particular loss to the club is the ability to showcase early 1900s vehicles that aren't necessarily able to be driven anymore.

"You don't see some of those cars here at the show because they're in garages collecting dust," he said.

The club is searching for a location to build a new museum.

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