30 YEARS OF HOT WHEELS AT THREE OAKS | Features

THREE OAKS – The 30th Annual Four A Car Show was held July 25 at Three Oaks American Legion Station 204 and marked the end of an era.

Jerry Denton of New Buffalo said he has been president of the Four A’s Car Club “on and off for 30 years”.

But he is stepping down after his current term ends to let Dave Rubicki take over as president and Terry Conway as vice president.

But that doesn’t mean Denton and his cars (currently a 1930 Ford Model A sedan and a 1958 Ford Fairlane) won’t show up at future car shows.

Denton spends his winters in Arizona, which is the last place he saw one of his old classic cars, a 1930 Model A five-window street rod.

“I took it to a car show, went back to the hotel in Surprise, Arizona where the show was taking place, and the next morning I got up and my truck, my trailer and the car, everything, was missing – stolen.”

Denton’s friend Glen Davis brought his 1933 Willy Street Cane from Arizona for the July 25 show in Three Oaks.

“I show with him when I go to Arizona,” Denton said. “He wanted to come to our show.”

Davis said he lived in Indiana about 20 years ago, but this is the first time he’s brought a car to the Four A’s Show in Three Oaks.

The 2020 Four A Auto Show was a pared-down affair, although club member Dave Grayson’s 1986 Yugo drew plenty of attention. It also appeared this year – still going strong.

Donna Parquette, secretary of the Four A’s Car Club, said the 30th anniversary show was back in shape, with around 100 cars entered (and a few other classics scattered around the parking lot).

“It’s a big deal for us because it’s been 30 years and all of our money is going to the Shriner Hospital.”

She said the early years of the show were held at the Ford dealership across the United States 12 before it moved to the American Legion Post for the past 23 years.

“It’s our home here at the station, they treat us so well and we love the people who come to see us (two of them joined the Four A’s this year).”

A total of 77 “old school trophies” were awarded at the conclusion of the Three Oaks show.

Parquette said the club’s other main auto show is scheduled for Aug. 7-8 at Washington Park in Michigan City during the Grand Prix boat races (entry is free).

For more information, visit www.fourascarclub.org or @fourascarclub on Facebook.