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Car show brings out the kid in you

This 1952 Pontiac is owned by Don Heidt.

What could be any better than a trip down memory lane when teenagers cruised Main Street and carhops served root beer and burgers! Include few streetrods and customized vehicles, along with '50s and '60s music, and the picture is complete.

The Prairie Cruisers Car Club, of Dickinson, is sponsoring its 34th annual car show on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, with headquarters at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

"We've got cars coming from Canada, Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota—a wide variety of hot rods and modifieds with lots of custom engines, wheels and paint," said Don Heidt, Prairie Cruisers committee member and a past president.

The club is expecting approximately 75 cars to register for the two-day social gathering.

"Our club has been together for 34 years, so we know people from Bismarck, Minot, Fargo—all over. Our kids grew up with these cars, and now the kids have their own cars."

Friday kicks off with registration, hospitality and an informal parade of cars through downtown Dickinson.

The Saturday, July 15th, highlight is when the vehicles are parked at Prairie Outpost Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Anybody can bring their car—we don't care what kind of car or truck—whatever you bring is fine," Heidt said. "There's no charge, we like a variety of vehicles. If somebody has a new Camaro or a new Corvette, that's fine with us—bring anything."

Prairie Cruisers will recognize the Top 10 and a McDonald's Choice. Everybody gets to vote. The winners receive embroidered jackets.

Two vehicles—a 1965 GTO and a 1952 Pontiac Chieftain—will be roped off as centerstage.

"Ron Meis of Lead, S.D., is bringing the GTO," Heidt said. "The color of the GTO is quarter horse red. The painter who painted the car tested panels of red and asked Ron what he thought they looked like. He said one looked like a quarter horse standing out in the sunset."

The 1965 GTO was featured in the Hot Rod magazine of 2014.

The 1952 Pontiac is owned by Don Heidt. The color of his vehicle was described as panamera platinum.

Both cars were featured in the Bitchin 'Rides TV series on Velocity TV—a program where viewers watch a vehicle being built and restored by Dave Kindig's team from Kindig-It Design out of Salt Lake City.

The popularity of the car club is being able to drive cars from a bygone area.

"It's driving something maybe from the '30s, '40s or '50s, being able to put your own paint, or doing your own thing on them," Heidt said.

The Prairie Cruisers still have four original founders—Don Heidt, Gene Hoyt, Dale Klug and Mitch Chaska. The club currently has 25 active members, including the wives.

For questions about the Prairie Cruisers or the car show, call Gene Hoyt at 800-526-5507 or Hoyt at 701-483-8484.

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