Show raises funds for pediatric disease
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News September 1, 2012 11:58PM
Donald Cruz and Donald Cruz II of Batavia stand together between the father’s 1971 Cadillac Eldorado convertible and the son’s 1965 Ford Mustang. | Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 4, 2012 6:10AM
ELBURN — Despite the threat of rain from remnants of Hurricane Isaac traveling north, a crowd of car enthusiasts gathered for the sixth annual Charity Car/Motorcycle Show at Martin Family Farm in Elburn.
The 2012 event on Saturday was sponsored by Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
According to the foundation, 4,200 children in the United States are diagnosed with brain tumors every year. A brain tumor is considered the deadliest form of childhood cancer.
Over the last six years, the show has raised funds for the Easter Seals Jayne Shover Center in Elgin, Disabled American Veterans, Daniel P. Figgins Memorial Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Kane County, and Special Olympics.
“We raised a total of over $40,000 during our first five shows,” Perez said. “We always hold the show for a local charity. We’ve had close to 100 cars here today. We’re glad that people decided to brave the weather and attend the show. It’s a great cause.”
Ray and Eileen Wedell of Lombard have brought their 1946 Ford Super Deluxe to all six shows. “This is the best show we go to every year,” Eileen said.
Batavia resident Donald Cruz brought “The Hog,” his 1971 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. It matches the car driven by Boss Hogg in the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which ran from 1979 to 1985. Cruz said the car originally belonged to his friend, Batavia lawyer John Budlovski, who died in 1995.
“I drove my car with the original General Lee (1969 Dodge Charger 440) and Sheriff Rosco’s car from the TV show in the 2000 South Elgin parade,” Cruz said. “I’ve driven senators and representatives in this car. I also drove former Lombard Mayor Bill Mueller in the Lombard Lilac Parade every year.”
Mueller died last month from complications of West Nile virus.
Cruz’s son, Donald Cruz II, brought his 1965 Ford Mustang to the show on Saturday. Cruz said his son started saving for his car when he was only 2 years old. “He does all the work on it by himself,” Cruz said.
Bill and Rhonda Lindoo of Big Rock had a customized hitch installed on their 1934 Ford Coupe so that it could haul their 1941 Indian Sport Scout motorcycle.
“It’s unusual to have a cycle in the back of a Ford Coupe,” Bill said.
Chuck and Vicki Gill of Elgin Township have owned their 1969 Chevy Camaro SSRS for a decade. Chuck said he knows Perez since Chuck works at the TriCom Dispatch Center.
Yorkville couple Matthew and Victoria Kellogg own a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser. They belong to the PT Cruiser Club in West Chicago.
“We’re trying to get younger people interested in joining our club,” Victoria said. “We currently have 15 club members. We recently gave $300 to the Wounded Warrior Project.”
Ross Dueringer of Maple Park brought his 1950 Chevy Bel Air to the show Saturday.
“I’ve owned it for 27 years,” Dueringer said. “I also had one when I was a kid. I like to come to all of the car shows.”
Elgin resident Steve Kelly came to the show with his 1964 International Metro step van. The van originally belonged to M.C. Lohbauer Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning in Elgin and still has the company name on the exterior.
“I’ve owned it for four months and have already taken it to other shows,” Kelly said. “The owner before me used it to haul his Moto Guzzi motorcycle.”