Hot Rod Crazy

If you win at Oktoberfest, you deserve a trophy. Its a tough show with close to 500 vehicles, said Reprogle, who shared a few tips on how to increase your chances of snaring a loving cup. Park close to the front of the line, roll your windows down and clean out your trunk. The cleaner you look, the better youre gonna get judged.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=94|imageid=648|displayname=0|float=right}

The native of Lakewood, Calif., who worked 26 years for McDonnell Douglas (now merged with Boeing) as an aircraft supervisor, knows the dos and the donts. He has been entering his vehicles in car shows for 16 years and has a garage spilling over with trophies to prove it.

Along the way, hes taken six best-in-show titles, and his cars have made the covers of five national magazines.

A car show is a chance for you to express your love for classic cars and show it off a little bit, said Reprogle, who will enter his current toy and joy in the late model class for trucks from 2001 to present.

Previously he owned and showed such cool wheels as a 1929 Ford street rod, a 1930 Ford street rod, a 1934 Ford three-window coupe street rod, a 1953 Ford F-100 custom truck, a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air two-door hardtop and a 1970 Chevy Chevelle.

The author of The Mother of All Car Books: How To Get More Fun & Profit Buying, Showing and Selling Vintage & Classic Cars (the book sells for $10 at Snow White Drive-In) said his passion began in 1986 when he bought a car for his son, who was then a high school student.

I told him to get good grades, help us out around home, and I would get him a car. I went out hunting and found him a 58 Chevy Impala, said Reprogle, who parked the car in the driveway and asked his son to come outside.

He saw it, and said, Dad, please not that car. This is too big and heavy. I cant drive that car. So I told him OK, Id get something else. After that we got him a sports car, and I kept the 58.

He drove the Impala for a time and then sold it, making a thousand-dollar profit. He then sunk his money into a 57 Chevy for $2,500.

I brought it home, put it together, painted it red, had the interior done, hung on to it for a while, then sold it and bought another car and then another car, said the car show addict, whos enamored by the color red. I was hooked. I went through eight street rods and trucks.

After winning shows with a super swell red 1953 Ford F1 pickup, he put the truck up for sale on the Internet with a reserve price of $24,000. A Texan called him and made an offer of $35,000, and Reprogle parted with his truck.

The Lebanon resident of five years keeps his garage in spick-and-span shape. Trophies, framed photos, car magazines, personalized license tags and other car memorabilia adorn three walls. And there are boxes of unopened quarts of motor oil dating back to 2005 when he won the platinum prize, and Pennzoil, sponsor of the show, awarded him three cases of Pennzoil a year for life.

He bought his current show truck in 2008 from neighbor Marsha Price and has made 16 changes on it. He does the detail work himself but has mechanics and body shops perform the trickier tasks.

Back on the West Coast, Reprogle bought one of his classic cars from a mutual car show enthusiast, but he quickly grew tired of hearing people say, Hey, thats Bobs old car.

I asked myself how can I make changes so its me and not him (Bob)? So now I always make changes to show its mine. I gotta be me, he said.

Sundays Oktoberfest car show will make his third time to enter the contest.

Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. Its based on what the judges think, said Reprogle, who sooner or later will sell his latest show truck and search for an older model.

Last years Oktoberfest Antique Car Show drew 484 vehicles.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=94|imageid=646|displayname=0|float=left}The vehicles are judged in five categories: paint, windows and glass, undercarriage, interior and engine and engine compartment. About 25 trained judges will work the show, most of whom are involved in local car clubs.

Larry Squires, coordinating the Lebanon event for his 23rd year, describes it saying, Youre going to see cars from every generation. They are going to range in quality from those that have not had a lot of work done to them to those that have been trailered in (translation: too nice to drive).

When you get a show this large with this many cars youre going to be amazed at the diversity and quality of some of these cars. A lot of these folks take a lot of pride in these cars and take them to national shows, and we have national winners entered in the show. There will be cars from the 1920s on up to newer cars. The nostalgic environment of these older cars will bring back memories of when you were younger.

There will be what we call the modified classes where you will see things like street rods or performance cars. Those are very interesting as well. It will seem like a sea of antique cars and hot rods of every description. We also will have motorcycles and rat rods, Squires said.

A smaller but similarly nostalgic car show will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Lebanons Snow White Drive-In as a Christmas for All benefit.

Snow White owner Billy Wyatt said last years show raised about $1,000 and attracted 30 vehicles. Entry fee will be a new toy or $15, and the top 25 cars will receive trophies. There will be door prizes, games and a live band to help re-create the atmosphere of the 1950s. Be there or be square.

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Oktoberfest Antique Car Show

One of the largest car shows in Middle Tennessee will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, on the grounds of Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 W. Main St. There will be 56 classes with trophies awarded to the top three in each class plus trophies for the Presidents Choice, the Longest Driven (miles to show) and best of show: stock and modified. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon. Entry fee is $15. Judging begins at 1 p.m., and trophies will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. For more info, contact Larry Squires at 443-6617 or

Snow White Cruise-in and car show

Snow White Drive-In at 1714 W. Main hosts cruise-ins 4-9 p.m. Fridays through the second weekend of November. The iconic diner will hold a car show on Saturday, Oct. 27. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon, and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee will be a toy or $15 as the event benefits the Lebanon Fire Department's Christmas for All toy drive. Top 25 vehicles will receive trophies.