Classic cars, rat rods, bikes and trucks were shown at the 3rd annual Gearhead Bash held in Richland park.  

Car enthusiasts came from Rolla, Dixon, and other parts of the state to talk with other gearheads and show off their cars and trucks.  

Mark Decker, from the Richland Park Department said he expected over a hundred cars to show.

It was an event for all with entertainment, food, raffle prizes (donated by sponsors of the events), and of course the main attraction: classic cars, hot rods, rat rods, trucks, and bikes.

There were already many cars at the park before the 3 p.m. start and the cars kept coming in, as did the crowd. The gearhead enthusiasts trickled in slowly, but steadily.

The Daily Guide had an opportunity to speak with some of the car owners and car enthusiasts during the event and learned a lot about cars.

Jeff was one of the car enthusiasts.  He loves cars, knows all about them, and used to own and show one.

Jeff explained to the Daily Guide that a rat rod is a car that is put together using whatever parts you find in the garage and you build the safest thing you can build.  As a result, you might have an engine from one car and a suspension from another.

Dick Osborne was showing his 1956 Ford.  He's had it for quite a few years, but it only has 80000 miles. He said he has kept it in excellent condition by “driving it very carefully.”

Danny Patton showed his 1955 Chevy Miller and was wiping it down before the bash.  

Bryan showed his 1961 Ford Falcon Wagon and said he works hard to maintain it.

Eddie Eldridge showed his 1976 car and and  an older model truck. After his wife passed, he said his daughter encouraged him to continue showing his car. Eddie said his daughter didn't want him to sit around because his wife wouldn't have wanted that. So Eddie got on social media, found an older truck and got back into showing.

Mac Myers totally restored his 1949 Chevy pickup and said it's still running.

Sheriff Jimmy Bench showed his 1955 Dodge Coronet.  He said it has a 440 body style and engine.  He built the car with his best friend. It took them 10 years and they went from the ground up. They built it from barebones using three donor cars.

Phil showed a 1937 manure spreader. He said no one knows what a manure spreader is anymore so the spreader attracts attention from all.

Dave Carroll showed a 1954 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe. He said his coupe has the same engines the hornet cars had when they raced in NASCAR, from 1951 to 1954, a time when the Hornet dominated stock car racing. His car has a 6 cylinder twin H, dual exhaust. There are only 42 7d Hornet Club coupes remaining in world. Carroll said it took 27 months to restore and paint his coupe.

There were as many stories as there were cars.

All the gearheads the Daily Guide spoke with said that maintaining the cars, keeping them running and storeroom shiny is hard work, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.    

They have invested time and money into something that brings them great joy.