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Crowds love growing car show

SYCAMORE - Car owners and spectators gathered under an intense sun Sunday afternoon for the sixth annual Fizz Ehrler Memorial Car Show in downtown Sycamore. "This is the largest turnout in spectators and cars we ever had," said show announcer David Palmer of 3D-Sound Co. Les Gibbens, car show committee member, said more than 900 cars were featured. It is getting bigger every year, he said. He recalls the day of the first car show in 1999, when there were 300 cars and it rained all day. Steve Csaszar was driving past the car show Sunday and stopped to see the cars when a man told him he should enter his 1968 yellow chopper. Csaszar had eight minutes to register. He had to go to the other side of the show to pay the $10 registration fee and run back to show his registration. Csaszar won an award for his motorcycle. He has had it for 20 years. This was the first show Csaszar entered. It felt great to win, he said. Donna Frederick of DeKalb won first place in the sportster class category for her 1975 Harley-Davidson. She bought the motorcycle four years ago. Frederick put a lot of work into the motorcycle. From the day she got it, the motorcycle had problems, she said. That made winning the award especially rewarding, she said. Frederick laughed and said, "It's always great being a girl and beating a guy." The People's Choice Award, sponsored by the Daily Chronicle, went to two-time winner Brian Gibson of Somonauk. His 1957 red Chevy, with a white top and red and white interior, was a favorite among car show spectators who placed votes all day for their favorite car. Gibson said it was an honor to be chosen for the second time. Awards sponsored by various businesses were given to the top 100 cars. Derald Devries won a Top 100 award for his 1948 raspberry and silver Chevy pickup. The Forreston resident said it was an honor to win. He has won other awards for this car, which Devries purchased five years ago, and he has other cars that he enters into car shows. Christine Shelton of Rockford won a Top 100 award for her green 1956 Dodge custom subwagon. It is a two-door wagon and had been painted with custom paint in California. Shelton said this was the first time she entered this show and was really happy to win. The Geritol Award, given to the oldest participant, went to John Sims, 82, of Coarse Gold, Calif. His white and blue stripped 1972 Triumph Stag also won the Long Distance Award, meaning he traveled farther than anyone else. Sims said that his double win was "fantastic." As for winning the Geritol Award, Sims said that at least "I'm still above the grass." The Best of Show Award went to Ron Barclay's blue and silver 1958 Pontiac Bonneville. This was the first award Barclay won for the car. "I was crying. It was great, too many nice cars," the Gilberts resident said.

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