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Medora Car Show: A windo to the past: This year's exhibit car is a 1913 Hudson Speedster

Submitted Photo The Medora Car Show’s special exhibit car is a 1913 Hudson Model 54 Speedster.

A 1913 Hudson Model 54 Speedster is this year’s special exhibit car at the  37th annual Medora Car Show on Friday and Saturday.

“It was quite expensive in its day and very sporty — it’s kind of a prototype of sports cars today,” show chairman Carl Larson said.

The Hudson was restored in the 1990s and was a 1998 Pebble Beach winner.

Larson first saw the Hudson at Excelsior, Minn., and invited the owner to attend the Medora Car Show.

“He was happy to come,” Larson said.  “It’s a great honor to have it here.”

Larson said the show should be a catalyst to entice more Hudson owners to attend the show. He already has registrations from the four area states and  Ft. Myers, Fla.

“The show has a reputation for featuring more stock vehicles and more older vehicles,” Larson said. “This year, we have quite a few Model As and Model Ts.

He said the Pioneer Auto Club from Bismarck-Mandan is organizing a “Motor to Medora” ride along Old Highway 10 on Friday.

“It’s primarily Model A and Motel T Fords, and their top speed will be 30 mph,” he said.

Larson also is excited about first-ever vintage style show being organized by Dr. Patricia Anderson. Titled “Cars and Couture,” the show begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the community center.

Registration of vehicles is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, followed by style show and awarding of “Best of Show” trophy and reception.

The Winner’s Circle exhibit opens at 8:30 p.m. Friday. This is an opportunity for the public to view the winners from the previous show.

Saturday, the show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the grounds next to the Badlands Motel and Medora Community Center.

The show features 20 different categories, ranging from Model Ts, to the 1920s and a 2014 all-electric car.  The special interest category includes  a military jeep, tractors and a motorized bicycle.

As chairman since 1978, this is the first year that Larson will be showing is 1926 Model T coupe.

“I bought it when I was 15 years old in April of 1955 — it’s totally unrestored and now in running condition thanks to Mark Schields,” Larson said.

Larson credits the success of the long-running show to its setting in the Badlands.

“It’s such an ideal setting for a car show, plus the added attractions of the businesses and Medora Musical — people love to come to Medora,” he said.

Larson gave credit for financial support from the Medora community — the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, the Medora City Commission and the Medora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Proceeds above expenses are used to purchase cars related to the auto industry for the Dickinson Area Public library, he said.

People may register the morning of the car show, but are encouraged to preregister for planning purposes.  Contact Larson at 701-225-8851 or Mark at 701-225-8149. Also email Larson at

The Medora Car Show is sponsored by the Dakota Auto Club of Dickinson. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Dickinson.