Cars Roll Into Festival

NEW BREMEN — Cars of all makes, models and colors lined the lots along Lock One in New Bremen as part of an annual show.

The Bremenfest Muscle and Classic Car Show went on for its fourth year this weekend, netting cars from all over the area.

“We’ve got probably a four or five county area here — from Mercer County, Allen County and of course Auglaize,” Bremenfest Committee member Randy Hirschfeld said. “We’ve got some nice locals. It’s a nice variety of cars.”

Hirschfeld noted the committee requests participants register their vehicles.

“That way they can be involved in the voting process,” he said. “We award the top 10 vehicles, voted on by the registrants.”

He said approximately 40 cars were featured in this year’s show.

“They’re all different makes and models,” he said. “We have everything from older Cadillacs up to a couple of race cars.”

The show, Hirschfeld said, is an additional fundraiser for Bremenfest.

“All the proceeds from Bremenfest go to different community projects,” he said. ‘The fest committee itself makes the decision. Interested different groups are interviewed by the committee — they come in and talk to them, and the chosen ones are voted on by the committee. We try to spread (the money raised) out between as many groups as we can.”

Hirschfeld noted some of the groups who will receive proceeds from Bremenfest.

“The fire department, police department, EMS, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the school — there are several other local projects that we donate money to, too,” he said.

Some of those proceeds are donations.

“There are several individuals in the community that do make donations to the festival directly,” Hirschfeld said. “The festival itself is not-for-profit — the committee members are not paid, they’re all volunteers.”

St. Marys resident Nick Schmidt was one of the participants in the Bremenfest Muscle and Classic Car Show. He brought his 427 big block 1967 Corvette to the show.

“It’s the body style — it’s the last year of the Stingray,” Schmidt said of what he liked about the car. “I like the body style.”

He said he chose to bring the Corvette because it needed to be driven.

“They sit so long,” he said of his cars.

The Corvette at the show is one of Schmidt’s eight cars.

“I have some old Buicks — I have a ’52 Buick, a ’54 Buick convertible, a ’55 Chevy, a ’29 Model 8, a little bit of everything,” Schmidt said.

He said he bought this vehicle about six months ago.

“I did some mechanical work on it, but that’s it,” Schmidt said.

The Bremenfest Muscle and Classic Car Show was sponsored by Cotterman and Co., Minster Carquest and Rindler Automotive.