On the River Car Show

Turners find joy in showing off
their classic cars at area shows

They plan to attend the
‘On the River Car Show’ in Vevay

VEVAY, Ind. (September 2014) – When Dan Turner, of Hanover, Ind., first saw the 1965 Mustang GT convertible, he was immediately transported to the days of his youth. How many times had he made the lap around “The Strip” between the Park & Eat on Hwy. 62 in Madison, Ind., and the old Frisch’s restaurant location where Clifty Engineering now stands? He imagined he could hear strains of Motown under the growl of the V8 engine as he and his wife, Anna, drove through a summer evening with the top down. It had finally happened- he had contracted classic car fever.

Dan Anna Turner

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Dan and Anna Turner pose with their prized 1965 Mustang GT convertible.

Other car enthusiasts, owners and admirers alike, will line the streets of Vevay, Ind., on Sept. 12 for the Cruise-In portion of the seventh annual On the River Car Show, set for Sept. 12-13 at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park. Onlookers will feel the vibrations through the pavement as the moving museum of automobiles roars down the road. The cars will wind their way to the riverfront where they will remain for the duration of the show.
Taking their place among the classic car owners will be the Turners with their beloved car. The gleaming, authentic Rangoon Red paint is the first thing that Mustang fans will notice. Upon closer inspection, it becomes obvious that this car is as close to a time machine as one is likely to get outside the world of science fiction. Every last piece, from the mirrors to the wheels, has been brought back to its original condition. You can almost smell the hair grease.
The car first entered the Turners’ lives when it was purchased by their son-in-law for their daughter. The car was being stored in their garage and Dan was soon spending a lot of time lovingly polishing the finish. He and his brother began a search for a similar vehicle but it was obvious to Anna that a bond had been formed between her husband and the Mustang in their garage.
The Turners’ son-in-law was approached by Anna, a deal was struck, and the car became a Christmas present for Dan in 2007. It had been 42 years since this pony car had rolled off the production line in Detroit, and it was in need of some care and attention. Anna knew that Dan was the person to restore the car and restore it well.
Regarding the finished product, Dan takes little credit, basically referring to himself as the man who wrote the checks. However, overseeing the replacement of every component of a classic car and ensuring that the repairs are true to the original is no easy feat. Dan was able to locate the majority of parts at the Mustang Store in Louisville, Ky. There was a definite rust issue that made the replacement of a lot of the metal a necessity. It is now a completely rust free car.
It was a lot of work with a large payoff and the Turner’s are now able to simply enjoy the car in many different ways. The GT is very similar to his first car and Dan enjoys the memories that go with a ride in it. “Driving it makes me feels 17. Getting out of it reminds me that I’m 63,” he says, laughing. The Turners also enjoy taking the car for the occasional evening cruise and the car always draws a lot of attention. Anna loves the reaction from children. Dan says, “I enjoy other people enjoying it.”
One of the best places to allow this to happen is the many car shows in the area. The On the River Car Show is “one of the finest shows around,” according to Dan. He says the setting is beautiful along the Ohio River and that the show is very well managed.
According to show organizer Mike Bear, the show gets bigger every year. There were more than 320 entries in 2013, and it is fair to say that this year could bring even more vehicles to the show. Exhibitors come from as far away as Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Attendees will have more than a wide variety of cars, trucks and bikes to enjoy. The giveaways this year are definitely worth the trip, Bear says, and include a car hoist from Direct-Lift, a tool chest, and numerous gift certificates. All members of the public are invited to enter the drawings. Live music will be playing and fresh cooked food will be provided by the Jeff-Craig Fire Department, Kiwanis Club and North Branch Farms.

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