Dan Holmes of Mount Carmel displays a turquoise-and-white 1949 Chevy 3100 pickup truck in the RPM Club’s 16th annual show at Swan Lake State Park on Saturday, July 20. (Photos by Larry Devine.)
Dan Holmes of Mount Carmel displays a turquoise-and-white 1949 Chevy 3100 pickup truck in the RPM Club’s 16th annual show at Swan Lake State Park on Saturday, July 20. (Photos by Larry Devine.)

August 2, 2019

There may have been a couple of bumps in the road, but those didn’t prevent a successful ride for the 16th annual RPM Club Car Show on Saturday, July 20, at Swan Lake State Park.

A total of 129 vehicles were registered for judging — plus another 20 to 25 vehicles were displayed. The large number of vehicle owners and spectators turned out despite the forecast for a sizzling day. However, overcast skies held down temps, and the show’s organizers had to accelerate the proceedings when a rainstorm popped up on radar.

“A few people left early, and we moved up the trophies presentation about 40 minutes, and that helped because we knew the weather was coming, so we were really scrambling to get it done,” RPM Club President Kevin Eischeid said. “We got it all finished, had about a 10-minute window and then the rain decided to move us out quicker. The group did a great job of moving things on, and we got people out of there ahead of scheduled time.”

Before the rain, visitors had a chance to enjoy close looks of cars and trucks entered in an array of competition categories.

The show again attracted top-quality vehicles, Eischeid said.

“What’s so neat about it every year is that we certainly see some of the same folks, which is awesome,” he commented, “but we also see some new folks.”

He said of the turnout of both vehicles and spectators, “We were really pleased with the numbers we had because of the weather, and there was so much going on in the area. Overall, we were very pleased, happy with the outcome. I know Hy-Vee was very happy. They were busy with their food line all day.”

Eischeid also cited the efforts of Carroll County Conservation staff for their preparation of the eastside-shelter area for the show.

“They always do a great job grooming the grounds,” he said.

He added, “We’re also very thankful of the sponsors because they make the show possible. We get great donations from businesses.”

RPM Club is a nonprofit organization and makes many charitable contributions throughout the year.

The club will donate its proceeds from the 50-50 drawing at the show to St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Friendship Fund, which helps provide basic support to the hospital’s cancer patients who have urgent financial needs. The program helps cancer patients with their travel costs and assisted a few hundred people last year. The club also makes donations to many different charities and community projects.