Car club raises charity cash

Rain can’t dampen spirits at car show


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Eagle River’s Tom Jensen brought his 1957 Ford to the car show, one of dozens put on by clubs in Alaska each summer.

MATT TUNSETH

Raindrops beaded on freshly painted hoods over the Labor Day weekend as more than two dozen car owners turned out for the 49th State Street Rodders Car Show at the Eagle River Polaris and Arctic Cat dealership.

“We had a little break in the weather and the cars started rolling in,” said club member Tom Jensen of Eagle River.

Jensen rolled in behind the wheel of his baby blue 1957 Ford Ranchero, an early car/truck hybrid that Jensen said is one of a kind.

“According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, that particular one is the only one registered in the state of Alaska,” Jensen said.

Unfortunately, the car’s scarcity — he said Ford only produced about 6,000 ’57 Rancheros — means findings spare parts is next to impossible.

“If I ever need a part I stop at a bank and rob it,” he joked.

Car owners from several clubs participated in the show, which doubled as a fundraiser for Fisher House Alaska. Jensen said the club is raffling off a four-wheeler, which will be given away af the end of the summer.

“Fisher House is the right kind of place,” Jensen said of the facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which provides lodging for military families undergoing medical care. “It’s a needed facility and we’re proud of help them.”

Jensen said the club has raised more than $6,000 by selling $5 raffle tickets. The tickets are still available by contacting a club member or by visiting the Eagle River Polaris and Arctic Cat on Snowmobile Lane.

Car owners said there’s many reasons why they participate in car shows. While Jensen said he focuses on rare vehicles, 1968 Mustang owner Mike Hansen, of JBER, said he’s always been fascinated by the iconic Ford muscle cars.

“I’ve always liked the old-school cars,” he said.

For more information about upcoming car shows, visit the 49th State Street Rodders online at 49thstatestreetrodders.com.

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