Many display love of cars at show

A couple look at a 1967 21 window VW micro bus owned by Walt Bergman at the Colorado West chapter of the Motor Car Club of America’s car show at Lincoln Park.

Terry Johnson knew why men such as him love cars.

“It’s in our DNA,” Johnson said. “We like bright, shiny things. They make noise. We get attention.”

Johnson, of Clifton, was one of the 150-plus people who displayed their vehicles this past weekend in the 34th annual show of the Veteran Motor Club of America Colorado West Chapter.

This year’s featured class was Volkswagens made between 1949 and 1979. Johnson brought his 1967 orange Volkswagen bug truck that he built from scratch. In addition to the flames he painted on the front, the homemade truck also had a spoiler, an air horn and canons that made the small truck sound like a race car when Johnson started it.

“It’s nowhere near complete,” he said.

To be fair, men weren’t the only car enthusiasts at Sunday’s show at Lincoln Park.

Carol McNay of Fruita and her husband, Butch, brought their 1973 pearl white Super Beetle with no backseat to the car show.

The Beetle, also referred to as a Bug, didn’t have a back seat because the McNays removed it to make room for a stereo system, which the couple said only plays music by the rock band AC/DC.

“People don’t think you’ve got guts in a car like this until you take it on the road,” Carol McNay said.

The way she sees it, she deserves the attention. She sacrificed six months of her marriage while Butch restored the car.

“My husband spent more time with her than me,” McNay said, pointing to the car she has named Christine.

McNay also sacrificed part of her home last year when her husband turned the couple’s three-bedroom, two-car garage home into a home with two bedrooms and a three-car garage.

“She has her own room,” Butch McNay said about the car.

One three-car garage wouldn’t cut it at Charlie Morfin’s Grand Junction home because Morfin owns eight cars. One of his cars, a red 1977 Super Beetle convertible, was on display Sunday.

He bought a 20-by-14 foot garage for his convertible. His other seven cars share space in his three other garages.

Proceeds from the weekend car show will go to Catholic Outreach and CASA of Mesa County, which screens and trains volunteers to speak in court on behalf of abused or neglected children abandoned by their families.


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