Sitting in the front seat of their 1972 Jeep Commando, Allan Ibberson and Vicky Anderson of Morgan took in the action happening around them. The two of them were among more than 100 vehicle owners who brought their pride and joy to the second annual Rats and Rods Car Show in Redwood Falls.
The show was held May 5 at the Redwood County Fairgrounds.
Ibberson and Anderson were among the 41 Rat Rods on display, adding their Jeep to the mix of vehicles.
“We bought our Jeep in Rochester,” said Anderson, adding they were visiting the area, saw it, made a phone call and took it home.
When it arrived in Morgan, the engine was not running, said Ibberson, who did all of the work himself to get the old Jeep started again.
“I run a shop and do some work on cars,” said Ibberson.
What makes Rat Rods unique is not only the one-piece-at-a -time effort put in by the owners but also the story behind some of those items.
For example, Ibberson and Anderson enjoy riding horses, so in the back of their Jeep is a saddle. Ibberson said, while he has put miles on his Jeep, many of them are just driving around town, adding he gets plenty of folks to turn their heads when he goes past – especially when the top is down and there is snow on the ground.
Rather than spruce up their Jeep, Ibberson and Anderson opted to leave most of it as it was, as they think it helps tell the story of where the Jeep has been in its life.
“I’m not much of a chrome guy, anyway,” said Ibberson.
Just two rows away another vehicle was turning heads, as Dan Gegner of Redwood Falls talked with car show attendees about his rather unusual pickup. His Rat Rod is a melding of two historical times in the life of Chevy pickups, as the front end is from a 1949 Chevy, with everything from the cab back from 1977.
Gegner said he is the second owner of the 1977 Chevy pickup that he acquired from a neighbor in 1980. For much of the time Gegner has had it, that 1977 Chevy was the workhorse of the farm, but ultimately the time came for something newer.
However, Gegner was not interested in getting rid of that truck.
Rather, he opted to join the Rat Rod culture with his creation that would make Dr. Frankenstein proud.
“It’s fun to drive, and I like that it is different,” said Gegner.
While Gegner enjoys his pickup, he also has plans to add another vehicle to his collection, and this one will bring together his interest in vehicles and his life in agriculture.
Gegner has an old WC Allis Chalmers tractor, and his plan is to take a 350 Chevy engine and put it in that tractor.
That, he said, ought to turn a few heads.
Brenda Vick and Steve Mejia, who put on the Rats and Rods Show Saturday, were satisfied with the outcome from this year’s show. Car owners from across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota started showing up early that Saturday morning, with 61 classic vehicles and six semis joining the Rat Rods at the local car show.
Vick and Mejia said the number of attendees tripled in the second year of the event, adding with the funds raised both the Greater Redwood Area Suicide Prevention (GRASP) program and the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) received a $1,200 donation based on the proceeds from the show.
Vick and Mejia expressed their appreciation to the family and friends who helped make the event happen, as well as the businesses that donated to the car show.
Vick and Mejia received a lot of positive feedback from those who attended the show, and many are already looking forward to 2019.