Stan Hywet car show features 100 years worth of vehicles, highlights golden anniversary of Mustang

by April Helms |special products editor Published:

Even with the dozens of Mustangs on exhibit at Stan Hywet's annual classic and collectible Father's Day Car show, Danny Derreberry's 2013 Boss 302 Mustang was hard to miss.

Having a 2013 vehicle at a classic car show may seem odd, but this year, Derreberry said that he and his wife Jean attended on "a special invite."

"It's the 50th anniversary [of the Mustang]," said Derreberry, an Atwater resident. "We happy that the Mustang is going as strong as ever, even stronger than ever."

Danny said that the Boss 302 line was only produced in 2012 and 2013, and that only 2,500 were created. Of those, only 200 are the bright green of his car.

Jean said that she, too, has a Mustang, made in 2014.

"I call mine the Banshee, and he calls his the Alien," she said.

Danny said that the Alien, and other vehicles like this, were race cars remade for driving. The Boss 302 has two keys, he explained -- a red key, which was used for racing, and a black key for the road.

"This is the first time Ford ever tried to do that," Danny said.

According to Donna Spiegler, communications manager at Stan Hywet, there were about 40 Mustangs on display, and 432 vehicles total at the car show. More than 8,000 people came out to see the car show this year.

Another Mustang owner, whose dark blue 1968 Mustang convertible is on the other end of the dateline, was Mark Juenemann of Louisville.

"We have one son," said Mark's wife Judy, explaining how the convertible came to Mark. "When he turned 16, we had an Indie car, but we sold it for a car that our son could drive, could handle safely. So, 10 years ago today, we surprised Mark with this car as a thank you for selling his baby. Her name is Roxy," she added, referring to the car.

"It only has 53,000 original miles on it," Mark said.

The Mustangs weren't the only highlight of this year's car show. Also on exhibit were four fire fighting vehicles, including two from the city of Hudson and an 1891 Amoskeag Second Size Steamer. According to information provided by Stan Hywet, the Amoskeag steamer, built in Manchester, New Hampshire by Amoskeag and used as a fire engine in New England until 1927, this engine is called a "Double Crane Neck Second Size," a top-of-the-line engine because it is 60 percent nickel-plated. The Amoskeag weighs 7,000 lbs., stands nine feet tall, six feet wide and 24 feet long. It was restored by Steve Hiltebrant in Cleveland in 1991.

Mike Merritt, a Hudson resident and full-time firefighter with the Hudson Fire Department, said that both fire trucks on display from the Hudson fire department "were originally purchased by Hudson." One is a 1928 Seagrave, which the department bought in 1928 and used it until 1967, when it was sold to an individual.

"Several years ago, we get a call from him, wondering if we wanted to buy it back," Merritt said. "He was in failing health and offered to sell it back."

This vehicle is owned by the Firefighters Association, Merritt said.

The second vehicle, a 1948 Mack Fire Truck, is still owned -- and very occasionally used -- by the fire department, Merritt said.

"It's never left Hudson's possession," he said. "It's the reserve reserve truck. Everything still works, everything is essentially original. The tires have been replaced, the battery, items like that, but the hose is original."

Hudson Fire Chief Jerry Varnes said that he was happy to be at the car show.

"It's a neat situation to come here," Varnes said. "It's an honor to come and showcase our classic pieces."

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