by Jim Boyle
Among the 130-plus cars expected at the sixth annual Elk River Lions Memorial Day Car Show, three of them will be Neal Anderson’s.
As with all classic cars, they come to the show with a story or two behind them.
Those of you who are interested in hearing about these waxed and suped-up numbers, the show gets under way for spectators at 10 a.m. and will be held once again at the Sherburne County Fairgrounds.
The event will include food, an automotive swap meet and free (sometimes life-saving) medical tests. One of the best parts of this show is it’s held on grass rather than asphalt.
Anderson, one of the Elk River Lions, has been the man behind the car show since its infancy. He has watched it grow over the years. Last year’s event attracted the largest crowd to date with about 120 cars, he said. Being on Memorial Day weekend does not seem to hurt a bit.
“I think people like to come back early on Memorial Day weekend and avoid the rush,” Anderson says of the turnout. “The swap meet has helped the show grow, too.”
Of course, it’s the cars that hook people’s interest the most.
Anderson will show his 1962 Corvette, a 1927 Chevy and a 1965 Corvette.
His uncles Alan and Glen Anderson sold the 1962 machine new from their dealership. It originally sold for $4,816.20 from Anderson Bros. Chevrolet in Becker. Neal Anderson got his hands on it in 1966 and has had it ever since.
The 1927 Chevrolet was one of the first Chevrolet demonstration cars his grandfather, Otto Anderson, had. He had been an auto dealer for years, but up to that point he had sold Fords.
As for the 1965 Corvette, Neal Anderson purchased it in Madrid, Spain, from a Spanish-speaking woman who was an attorney.
Anderson himself lived in Spain for 19 years and met his wife, Delia, there.
Asked if the 1965 ’Vette was her favorite, Anderson smiled. Cars are his thing. “She lets me indulge in my habits,” he said.
His vehicles are worth much more than he ever paid for them, a source of pride.
“Originally these were investments for a college fund,” Anderson said. “We managed to get by without having to unload them.”
If you see the Elk River man at the show, ask him about the “ridiculous offer” he had for one of them. It’s one of many car tales he could share with you.
Lions ask for a free-will donation for admittance into the car show. Money raised goes toward community projects. The cost of entering a classic automobile in the show is only $10.