Ford Show-n-Shine

13 Jun

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Car lovers are getting an eyeful this week as Medford Cruise week festivities play out. Last night saw more than 100 classic and current model Fords on display at the Ford Show-n-Shine at the Grange Co-op in South Medford. Visitors ooohed and aaaaahed over everything from a 1930 Model A to a late model Mustang Shelby GT 500.

We knew there was something addictive about automotive restoration but didn’t know just how addictive until we spoke with Tim, one of the enthusiasts at the Show-n-Shine. He wasn’t showing a car this year but says he did just begin a rebuild on a car he plans to show at next year’s event. It won’t be his first restoration. Tim says he built his first car, a 1932 Ford Roadster, at the age of 10. Since then he has more than 550 cars to his name! When asked how much time goes into each vehicle Tim shrugged and said, “Three to four hundred hours.” And no, car restoration is not his day job!

All that work certainly pays off. It was obvious that a ton of time, love, and yes, money, went into each Ford on the Grange’s lot last night. If you missed it, not to worry. Tomorrow, all makes and models – ’79 and older as well as ’80 and newer – are welcome to be shown at Medford’s Hawthorne Park. It’ll cost you $25-$50 to show but is free if you just want to look. Visit www.medfordcruise.org for more information. We’ll be there… Hope you will be, too!