This Friday July 11 will be the date of the second Friday Night Downtown Car Show in Manawa, Wis., 15 miles east of the Iola Old Car Show. If you go to Iola on Friday and want to keep the fun going, come by Manawa after the car show for another car show on the downtown streets.
The theme will be The Gunner’s Great Garage Downtown Block Party. We are going to have a great party with plenty of great cars to see. We would love to fill the streets around the old Fillin’ Station with both local cars and those who come from other areas for Iola. The great thing about Manawa is that you can see all the classic cars up close and personal and check out all their great features. You can see all the unique things that make them collectible and the shiny engines that make them go.
To make for a better party, local bars and eateries will be open this week and offering special prices and 2-for-the-price-of-1 meal deals. So, you can cut out of Iola, stop in downtown Manawa anytime between 4:30 and 8 and still get to one of the cool local restaurants way before closing time.
If you need additional info call Gunner at 1-715-281-5925.
This Friday night the place to be after the Iola Old Car Show ends will be the Gunner’s Great Garage Block Party at the Manawa Downtown Car Show. This event will be going on from 4:30 pm until 8 pm near the old Heise Fillin’ Station in the city of Manawa, which is only 15 miles due east of the Iola Car Show Grounds.
John “Gunner” Gunnell usually throws a party at his Gunner’s Great Garage during the Iola Show. This year his shop is filled with an automobilia collection he obtained last year. So, the party is moving to downtown Manawa to be part of the new Friday Night Downtown Car Shows held there. This gives all his friends that he has met over the years a chance to gather and keep the old car fun going.
To get to Manawa takes 15 minutes from Iola. Take Highway 161 on the north side of the showgrounds towards the east until it ends. Do two quick rights onto Highway 110/22. Take this road south past Gunner’s Great Garage into downtown Manawa. Looking for the signs and the old brick fillin’ station about a mile from GGG’s.
Local businesses will be open to serve food and drinks. Or if you can hold off awhile, stop at the Downtown Car Show then keep going south to the Manwa Steak House. Manawa Mayor John Smith owns this top-notch eatery and says he will serve 2-for-1 meals to any guests with an Iola Old Car Show wristband or a window sign from the Manawa Downrown Car Show. This is a real opportunity to get a fantastic deal on a fantastic meal.
These scenes show pictures of some of the almost 40 cars that showed up for the first Manawa Friday Night Downtown Car Show last week. With so many car guys and car gals in the area for the Iola Old Car Show many more classic cars are expected to come to Gunner’s Block Party. If you need additional info call Gunner’s cell: 1-715-281-5925.
The Manawa Friday Night Downtown Car Shows got off to a great start on July 4. At least 36 collector vehicles showed up by the end of the evening including a Plymouth Superbird, an Exacalibur pheaton, a radically customized 1953 Plymouth station wagon and a supercharged MGB,
There were antiques, muscle cars, pony cars, sports cars, hot rods and luxury cars. The accompanying photos snapped by Manawa police chief Dave Walker show the scene around 6 pm, an hour into the show. By the end of the night, there was hardly an empty space.
Fred Beyer of Hot Rod Highe USA (www.hotrodhighusa.com) provided the live entertainment, and it was great too. He rocked out everything from Elvis’ tunes to Beach Boys’ music on his keyboard.
Most important of all, Manawa’s Main St. was filled with cars on Friday night and people were enjoying the great weather, marvelous music and classic automobiles.
The second Manawa Downtown Car Show starts at 5 pm on this Friday, July 11. The theme will be the Gunner’s Great Garage Block Party and with the Iola Old Car Show happening just 15 minutes away, we expect to see some fantastic out of town cars show up this week.
The show is free. For information call me at 1-715-281-5925.
This Friday is the first of four car show Fridays in Manawa, the headquarters of Gunner’s Great Garage. The shows are part of a downtown revitalization effort so all of the local businesses are involved and will be offering deals and discounts. We heard that one of the taverns is serving $2 drinks. How “old school” is that?
The show themes are:
JULY 4 – ALL-AMERICAN (all cars are welcome) – Manawa Rodeo Weekend
JULY 11 – Gunner’s Great Garage Downtown Block Party-Iola Car Show W/E
JULY 18 – Cars & Car Personalities Signing Autographs
JULY 25- British Invasion – Back to the ’60s when the Beetles Hit
I thought I would show everyone some of the “street cars of desire” that have been showing up for cruise nights in Manawa. We expect to see many of these same cars at the Friday Night Shows too.
If you need car show info call Gunner at 1-715-281-5925
The folks in Manawa did a great job making up this poster for the four Friday night downtown car shows that start this week. Friday is the 4th of July and it’s also Midwest Rodeo Day in Manawa so we don’t know what to expect. This could be one of the funnest old-car events of the year.
The show is FREE and the ALL-AMERICAN THEME is because of the 4th, but feel free to bring your Porsche or Volkswagen. In fact, bring that brand new Mustang or Camaro or even your motorcycle or go-kart or customized lawn tractor. The idea is to have a big people party in downtown Manawa near the Post Office, the Old Filling Station and the Quality Foods Store.
So please bring your car. Maybe we’ll even get it in an Internet Blog or a magazine article. There will be special deals on food, drinks and other items from all of the downtown merchants. Spend the holiday evening in friendly Manawa and come have a really great time. And bring your OLD CAR. Feel free to call me at 715-281-5925 for more information.
Gunner’s Great Garage’s ’53 Pontiac is heading for Wichita, Kan.
We will be off for a week on a trip to the Pontiac Oakland Club International (www.poci.org) convention in Wichita. Kan. Hopefully the ’53 Pontiac Catalina will make another long, problem-free trip.
’62 Chevy at last week’s Tuesday “cruise nite” at Manawa’s Cruisin’ In Diner
While we are hope all you gear heads will be making plans to bring your cars to one or more of the exciting car events happening in Manawa this summer. Here’s a list you can use to make plans.
Every Tuesday Night Until Fall: Cruise at the Cruisin’ In Diner
JULY – Downtown Manawa (Union St.) – Friday Nights 5-8
July 4: All American Vintage Cars Show
July 11: Gunners Great Garage Block Party
July 18: VIP Autographs by famous hobby personalities and vintage cars
July 25: The British Invasion (Jags, MG’s and more).
Aug 2.: Manawa Mustang Round Up – All Day - Manawa Masonic Hall
Aug. 8-9: Symco Shakedown, Unionville in Symco – All Day
Aug. 16: Badger Derby Antique Motorcycle Tour visits Gunner’s Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com). Drive by to see the Badger Heritage Club’s antique motorcycles.
Are you ready for the All-American Car Show in downtown Manawa on Friday evening July 4? What a party it’s going to be. In addition to being the first night of a holiday weekend, it will be a rodeo night in Manawa. It will also be the first of four consecutive Friday night shows in downtown Manawa. Each show will have a different theme. So which type of All-American car is going to show up in the biggest numbers?
A red, white and blue “All American” 1934 Ford Indy car.
Will it be a Ford? Although Henry Ford wasn’t the first automaker, he was a real pioneer in the American auto industry. For many years, Fords were the biggest of all collector cars in terms of numbers. So, will we see Ford emblems on the biggest number of cars at the All-American show?
A star spangled Corvette.
How about Chevrolet? Ford’s biggest competitor fought pretty hard for the number 1 sales slot and often won it. Are you Chevy guys and gals going to let Fords dominate the All-American car show? The bragging rights are up for grabs, so get your Chevy fired up and point it towards Manawa on July 4.
A very patriotic looking Dodge Charger.
Ford and Chevy are giants in the collector car hobby, but if you’re like me, you’ve been seeing an awful lot of Mpar models at recent car show. In fact, at some shows it seems like Chryslers, Dodges, Plymouths an De Sotos are more ppular than their Big 3 competitors. Wouldn’t it be a kick if those vintage all-Americsn Mopars had the biggest turnout at an event on July 4th?
Here’s a flag-colored AMC product.
American Motors. Hudson. Studebaker. Kaiser. Nash. Willys. All of these are independent makes of cars that once lined almost every street across America. And who knows? If a club or two joins in the fun, we could see some of these “orphan” cars shake up the big boys at Manawa’s first ever nighttime classic car event.
The truth is, WE NEED ALL OF YOU. Treying to put a great show together in a little over a month is a real challenge, so please help us if you can by bringing your old car. There will be entertainment, discounts on eating and lots of fun July 4 in Manawa. We hope to see you there.
The accompanying photos show scenes from the Manawa Tuesday night cruise on June 10, 2014 (last night). These events will be on every Tuesday night at the Cruise In diner just north of Manawa.
Manawa is also planning the four events listed below for every Friday night in July. These shows will be in the downtown area near the old-fashioned gas station. Need all you folks to bring your cars, especiall for the “All American” show on July 4. These will all be fun events!
The Manawa Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new Manawa Vintage Car Show every Friday night in downtown Manawa during the month of July 2014, at the corner of Hwy 22 and Union Street (south side of “Remington’s Food Center”).
Each Friday night between 4:30 PM to 8 PM., vintage car clubs and enthusiasts will have their cars on display under a different theme:
July 4: All American Vintage Cars
July 11: Gunners Great Garage Block Party
July 18: VIP Autographs by famous hobby personalities and vintage cars
July 25: The British Invasion (Jags, MG’s and more).
There will be entertainment – a live band (face-paintIng for the kids) and discounts at local businesses.
Brand new 1999 Mustang 35th Anniversary GT Convertible.
Sixteen model years have passed since the Christinson’s 1999 Mustang was new….sort of. Well, let’s say that 16 model years have passed since the car was made. That would be more accurate, since Marc’s 35th Anniversary Mustang convertible is still new. It only has 136.7 miles on its odometer!
Marc’s car is not one of the 5,000 Limited Edition models made in 1999, but it does have the beautiful wreath-design front fender emblems that feature a solid ring encircling the classic running horse and a tri-color bar. In 1989, Ford had been criticized in the press for “forgetting” the Mustang’s 25th anniversary, So, in 1999, Ford gave fans of the marque a year-long surprise party. All Mustangs (whether powered by the V-6 or V-8) were 35th Anniversary models.
James Sarria was a electrical engineer working for Ford International at the time the 35th Anniversary Mustangs came out. He was involved with supplying batteries for cars exported to other countries that were shipped overseas without batteries in them. He was also Christinson’s wife’s uncle.
Sarria was near retirement and had plans. Around 2000, he bought his wife Marian a T-Bird convertible. Then, he started looking for a ragtop for himself so they could tour together. His buddy was in charge of selling used cars from Ford’s corporate fleet. He told Sarria about a Performance Red ragtop that had spent the last year on display at Ford International Headquarters in Dearborn.
The car had never been used and was for sale for $20,000. Sarria bought the car, but then his wife got sick with cancer. She passed away and he fell into a state of depression. Then, he developed congestive hear failure and moved to an assisted living facility before he also died. Both convertibles remained in their possession, but sat, under custom made car covers, not being used. The T-Bird still has very low miles. The Mustang has traveled only 136.7 miles in 16 years.
Christinson got the car from the estate, He has put only about three miles on it, driving it to a shop that checked it over for him. The shop ran the VIN and told him that the car is the 35th car made in the 35th anniversary year. Mechanics who went over the car said there was not even dust in the engine compartment. It is brand new in every sense except for the number of years that have passed, The red body and beige convertible top are like new, the interior looks like it did when the car rolled off the line. The engine bay is spotless. Christinson has complete documentation for the car and it even wears Sarria’s Michigan plates.
In addition to the Performance Red paint, the car has the 5.0-liter V-8, power seats, power steering and brakes, a high level audio system, and a host of other options because it was a special display unit. Christinson, a school system administrator, wants to sell the car and thinks it might be worth at least double what it sold for new. With 2014 generating tons of excitement over the Mustang’s 50th birthday, who knows what a car that’s probably the only “new” 35th Anniversary model around may bring? One thing’s for sure,,,the car is Sweet 16!
Driver side of car is just as nice and new.
Car still has its original Michigan plates.
Digital odometer tells the mileage story.
The inside looks like no one ever sat in it.
The engine needed a new, correct fuel pump and nothing else.
Mustang 35th Anniversary emblem.
As well as serving as Gunners Great Garage’s (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) home base, Manawa, Wis. is home to the Midwest Rodeo and has been nicknamed “Rodeo City.” However, with all the car events the town is hosting this summer, motorheads may start thinking of Manawa as the “Road-Dee-O” city.
Three separate and exciting old-car activities are going on in Manawa this year. In addition, there will be a rare antique motorcycle activity taking place in Manawa in mid-Auggust.
Since details of some of these shows and events are still being worked out, we’re are going to give you the “bullet points” and dates today and tell you more details over the next few weeks., Here’s a rundown:
EVERY TUESDAY CRUISE NITES in MANAWA 5 pm-8 pm. These cruises started last Tuesday at the Cruisin’ In diner just north of downtown Manawa. These are informal gatherings and all kinds of cool cars can show up. Bring yours too. The cruises will go on all summer until it gets too cold. For information call Sheldon at (920) 716-5203.
JULY 4th ALL AMERICAN DOWNTOWN CAR SHOW. This will be the first of four Friday night car shows in July. It is Manawa Rodeo Weekend and the Fourth of July so we expect a big turnout of people. Tentatively the show will be in the Quality Foods supermarket parking lot and start at 5 pm. Keep checking the Manawa Chamber of Commerce Website (www.manawachamber.org) for details.
JULY 11th THE GUNNER’S GREAT GARAGE IOLA CAR SHOW WEEKEND DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY. This will be the second of the four Friday night car shows in July. It is Iola Old Car Show weekend and old-car owners and vendors from all over the country will be invited . Tentatively the Downtown Block Party will be in the Quality Foods supermarket parking lot and start at 5 pm. Keep checking the Manawa Chamber of Commerce Website (www.manawachamber.org) for details.
JULY 18th DOWNTOWN MANAWA OLD CAR VIP AUTOGRAPH SESSION This will be the third of the four Friday night car shows in July. The plan is to invite some well-known automotive writers, TV personalities, collectors, museum operators and parts sellers and have them signing autographs. The autograph session will be in the Quality Foods supermarket parking lot and start at 5 pm. Keep checking the Manawa Chamber of Commerce Website (www.manawachamber.org) for details.
JULY 25th BRITISH INVASION of DOWNTOWN MANAWA. This will be the fourth, last and maybe the biggest of the four Friday night car shows in July. British cars are not a common sight in North Central Wisconsin, but we have connections and plan to invite the best of them. Tentatively the British Invasion will be in the Quality Foods supermarket parking lot and start at 5 pm. Keep checking the Manawa Chamber of Commerce Website (www.manawachamber.org) for details.
AUGUST 2 MANAWA MUSTANG ROUND UP. Started up two years ago, the Manawa Mustang Round-Up takes place the first Saturday in August and has become what is probably the biggest and best Mustang gathering in the Badger State. The show is organized by the Manawa Masonic Center. For information visit www.manawamc.org or email email@example.com.
AUGUST 16. BADGER DERBY and BADGER HERITAGE CHAPTER ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE CLUB of AMERICA PICNIC. On Friday Aug. 15 about 75 members of the Badger Heritage Chapter of the national Antique Motortcycle Club of America will be driving their antique motorcycles from State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wis. to the square in downtown Waupaca. This will be a recreation of the Badger Derby, an event that took place in 1934. The following day, Saturday Aug. 16, the members of the club will come to Gunner’s Great Garage in Manawa for their summer picnic. The antique bikes will be on display there. If you like antique motorcycles, come by and see them. Participation in both events is limited to club members, but looking at the bikes is a treat for all. The Badger Heritage Website is www.badgerheritage.com.
Note: The photos accompanying this blog are from the first MANAWA TUESDAY NITE CRUISE at the Cruisin’ In diner, 150 Dorothy Dr, Manawa, Wis. The phone number there is (920) 596-2070.