The coolest cars in several states converged downtown on Dewey St. Saturday for the 24th annual Col. Cody Show and Shine.

The cars sparkled beneath the cloudy sky, with temperatures in the mid-60s and a couple of intermittent drizzles during the afternoon.

“We love this show,” Jan Paproski of Arvada, Colo. said. “The car group (the Cody Cruisers) are wonderful people.”

Paproski and husband Joe are members of the RunTuf Cruisers car club, and came with three other members.

The Paproskis showed a modified 1930 Ford Model AA truck named Smoken Joes. The truck was the Chief of Police’s pick. It is named for the meat the Paproskis smoke for family and friends each year.

Gene Dudley of Sargent brought a 1962 International Loadstar truck with a stainless steel water tank on the back.

The truck is a working water pumper and is on call for fires in Sargent, Ansley and Comstock. Dudley also hauls water to campers during the Comstock music festivals.

He was looking for a stainless steel tank when he spotted the “tired, old truck” on the side of an Interstate highway in New Jersey, marked for sale. That was about 15 years ago.

He’s rebuilt and restored the truck, added a pump motor and hose reel, and whatever else it needs.

“You’re never really done,” Dudley said. “It’s a tinkering toy.”

Jodie Schilz of Ogallala was the lucky winner of the Mid-Plains Community College raffle, and she received a 1932 Ford Roadster built with Speedway Motors parts of Lincoln.

Schilz bought her ticket at the Show and Shine just before the winner was announced. She received $200 cash from Jody’s Auto Sales of North Platte, as well.

Nearly 5,800 raffle tickets for the truck were sold, costing $10 each, college spokeswoman Heather Johnson said. Proceeds go for scholarships to the college transportation program and to help offset the cost of building the college’s next raffle car.

The Paproskis and the RunTuf Cruisers will likely be back next year.

“They are very welcoming,” Joe Paproski said of the Cody Cruisers. “The price is good, including two dinners, and they go out of their way to take care of you.”

Organizer Allen Janas said the weekend was a great success, with 200 vehicles participating.

The number of entries was slightly less than last year due to the prolonged overcast weather.

“We are looking forward to bigger and better ideas for next year,” Janas said. “We usually take a couple months off and then start working on next year’s show.”

“It always makes this car club feel good to see so many people come back year after year — just to see that first car show up on Friday afternoon and then keep coming, car after car,” he said.

Janas said there are 32 members in the Cody Cruisers, and 12-15 really step up and help with the show.

“We want to thank all the members that worked so hard, and each and every sponsor, whether it was a trophy sponsorship or a door prize. The show wouldn’t happen without their help,” he said.

Janas also thanked emcee and deejay Jerry Johnson of Music Encounters in North Platte.

“He’s a great, great part of our show,” he said.


Specialty trophies

Best Chevy – Gary Parks of McCook.

Best Ford – Skip and Bridget Pankow of Longmont, Colo.

Best Pontiac/Olds/Buick – Dennis Wellbrock of Hudson, Colo.

Best Mopar – Ranall Fixsen of Goodland, Kan.

Best Some Other Brand – John and Jean Wyant of Newman Grove.

Best Truck – John Robinson of North Platte.

Best Interior – Lee McComb of Grand Island.

Best Engine – Shawn Adams of Culbertson.

Best Paint – Dennis Wellbrock of Hudson, Colo.

Fire Chief’s Pick – Rocky and Deb Shuler of Douglas, Wyo.

Preacher’s Pick – John and Jean Wyant of Newman Grove.

Cody Cruisers Pick – StanleyAnderson of Arvada, Colo.

Mayor’s Pick – Edward and Carol Henry of North Platte

Lincoln County Visitors Bureau Pick – Steve and Eddie Hoadley of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Sheriff’s Pick – Ron McCready of Winner, SD.

City Administrator’s Pick – Mike and Pam Amen of Bridgeport.

Chief of Police Pick – Joe and Jan Paproski of Aurora, Colo.

Goodguy’s Pick – Dave Gordner of Colorado, Springs, Colo.

Club Participation – High Plains Auto Club of Scottsbluff.

Early Entry – Jerry and Jean Erickson of Kearney.

Hard Luck Award – Don and Dorothy Albrant of Sterling, Colo. (their car got backed into.)

Fastest Appearing  Car – Robert Halverson of North Platte.

Host Car Pick – Allen Janas of North Platte.


In addition to the specialty winners, Janas said there were 150 class winners.