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BRASHER FALLS - There may not have been as many vehicles on display as in years past, but Wednesday’s fourth annual Super Cruise-In and Car Show sponsored by Lavigne’s IGA and the town of Brasher still had enough classic cars, trucks and motorcycles to keep spectators happy.

And the owners of the vehicle were more than happy to share the stories behind their displays.

Randy Hilbig was displaying a 1939 Ford Deluxe Four-Door in honor of his late father, Jack Hilbig, who passed away in November 2010.

“I’m showing it in his honor. He had been working on it for five years,” Mr. Hilbig said.

His father had purchased the car from a seller in Phoenix, Ariz., he said, and it had a special meaning for the elder Mr. Hilbig.

“He restored it. It the same year and model car he drove when he went to college, even down to the accessories,” he said. “He had the vision of wanting to put back together what he had in college.”

The younger Mr. Hilbig took over the restoration after his father’s death. The body has been restored and the vehicle has the original color and original motor.

“A lot of it is remanufactured parts,” he said.

Once the car was road-ready, Mr. Hilbig took it out for a drive on state Route 420.

“It was kind of the maiden voyage in the car. I felt like he was along for the ride,” he said.

Mr. Hilbig’s classic car was among many vehicles that lined the banks of the St. Regis River and portions of the lawn and parking lot around the Brasher Municipal Building.

They included a 1972 Plymouth Gold Duster, 1979 Chevy Malibu, 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger, 1972 Plymouth Road Runner, 1955 Chevy Belair, 1963 Studebaker Avanti, 1986 Chrysler Mark Cross, 1979 MGB 1951 Chevy Pick-Up, 1967 Cadillac and 1928 Ford Model A Roadster.

There was also a 1954 Rolls Royce complete with a steering wheel on the right side of the vehicle and trays put down in the back for a wine glass and a jar of Grey Poupon mustard.

John Alexander brought along his 1909 Sears Motor Buggy Model K, a treasure that’s been a part of his family for some time.

“My grandfather bought it brand new. It’s been in the family,” Mr. Alexander said, noting he received it after his father passed away.

“I just got done rebuilding the motor,” he said.

The top speed for the more-than-century-old vehicle is 25 miles an hour, according to Mr. Alexander, who said he drives it “whenever I can.”

The Super Cruise-In and Car Show featured not only classic vehicles, but also a contest asking participants to dress in a period costume corresponding to their vehicle. The winner took home a $100 prize courtesy of W.B. Goodnow Insurance Agency, while there was also a second prize of $50 and a third prize of $25.

Music was provided by The Drifters and Oshier Country, and the Quad Town Lions Club had a food booth, with the proceeds benefiting the Tri-Town Christmas program. They served more than 200 kids and families last Christmas.

The car show drew 10 vehicles its first year, and there were 163 vehicles last year. But Town Supervisor M. James Dawson has said it may be difficult to continue staging it in future years.

The event is paid for through casino gaming compact money, which is earmarked for economic development initiatives. But since that money is in limbo between the state and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, so are future cruise-ins.

“We’re not going to be able to continue this unless we get casino funds. It costs us over $2,000 to put the show on,” Mr. Dawson said last week.





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