Vintage, Classic, Stylish; American Legion Riders host sixth annual Car Show

Published 8:53 am Monday, July 23, 2018

Don Livingston drove his 1920 J.I. Case to the end of a row of cars in the parking lot behind American Legion Post 91. Even in a car show that featured numerous older, classic models, the J.I Case stood out.

“I got it in Canada last fall,” Livingston said. “It was a barn find; it wasn’t advertised for sale. I stumbled across it and came to terms on it. I got a good deal on it and got it running with about $100 worth of monkeying.”

Ron Livingston talks about the engine in his 1920 J.I. Case, one of only 125 left in the world.

Livingston said that 24,000 J.I. Cases were hand built over the course of 17 years. His is one of only 125 J.I. Cases left in the world.

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“It’s a nice original car,” he said.

His vehicle was one of roughly 50 entered into the American Legion’s sixth annual Car Show on Saturday afternoon. Wide arrays of vehicles, both classic and newer models, were on display for the general public to see.

“It’s an event to hold at the Legion to help the Legion raise money for the bar,” said Roe Naylor, president of the American Legion Riders. “The Riders will take the money that we make off of it and spend it on helping with the parking lot or something at the Post.”

Motorcycles were on display at the American Legion’s sixth annual Car Show of Saturday.

Naylor said this is the second year the American Legion Riders have assisted with the car show.

Many cars had their hoods popped open, showing off the detailed, well-kept engines and any modifications inside. Others had exterior details one does not often find, such as a 1930 Ford Coup with a license plate proclaiming, “Old Fords never die, they just get faster.”

But cars were not the only vehicles on display. Many motorcycles ranging in dates were also onsite for spectators. One such motorcycle was a 1964 CJ 750 belonging to Swen Neufeldt.

“I brought that back from China with me,” he said. “We had a club in Shanghai when we lived there for seven years and I brought it back when we moved back to Austin 18 months ago.”

Swen Neufeldt brought his restored 1964 CJ 750, previously used by the Chinese Army.

While the motorcycle was unique, being the only one to feature a sidecar, its history made it all the more compelling.

“It’s an old People’s Liberation Army bike that’s been restored,” Neufeldt said. “This design started life as the BMW R-72 for the World War II German Wehrmacht. After the war, the Russians took the whole factory to Russia and started to build them, and in 1954 they gave the design to the Chinese, who built them as army bikes until the mid-1990s.”

Whether someone is a car enthusiast or a bike fanatic, the show had something for everyone.

“Thanks for everybody that came and showed support,” Naylor said. “We appreciate it.”

American Legion Post 91 hosted the sixth annual Car Show of Saturday.