Jeff Arnwine was given his 1929 Ford Roadster pickup in the 1980s.
“My grandfather had bought it new in 1929,” Arnwine said.
Arnwine’s father and uncle did some work on the vehicle in the 1950s, but since then, Arnwine has made improvements to the motor and cosmetic enhancements to get it show ready.
“It’s original steel, which is rare,” Arnwine said.
On Saturday, Arnwine and his Roadster made their first appearance at the Motorhead Madness, the 20th annual DARE fundraising car show in downtown Sedalia.
Arnwine’s truck was one of about 115 vehicles, motorcycles and race cars that lined up near the Municipal Building for the show.
Promoter Bob Hiller said in the show’s first year, it featured only race cars and five years later other vehicle owners were invited to come.
“If you can ride it, if you can race it,” Hiller said. “If you can drive it or if you just like showing it, bring it.”
The show and silent auction raises money to support the Sedalia DARE program, which teaches children how to avoid gangs, drugs and violence. DARE officers educated students in Sedalia School District 200, Sacred Heart School and St. Paul’s Lutheran School.
The first year, the show featured 11 vehicles and raised $221 for the program. Last year, more than 100 vehicles were shown and $4,570 was raised.
“If we raise $1, that’s already more than we started with,” Hiller said.
Deanie and Carolyn Jett, of Green Ridge, have been coming to the show since it began.
“I used to have a race car,” Deanie said.
He still has a 1940 Chevrolet sedan that he is working on, and he enjoys looking at the classic cars. Deanie and his wife looked over classic vehicles, motorcycles and new cars as they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
“It’s a perfect idea; too bad they just don’t have more of them,” Deanie said.
Show visitors could vote for their favorite vehicle by dropping a penny in a container near each vehicle. The top 40 vehicles and top 10 motorcycles were honored in the afternoon and three exhibitor’s choice trophies were given out.
Denise Thackrah, of Sedalia, visited the show for the first time with her husband and son. She said they, “are really into cars.” She enjoyed looking at the older Mustangs, but also likes the race cars.
“It’s amazing how small they get,” Thackrah said.
Greg Wyrick, of Cole Camp, brought his 1993 Dodge Stealth R/T he has been restoring since 2003 to the show.
“It was going to a salvage yard when I bought it,” Wyrick said.
He has installed three televisions, Lamborghini doors and imported wheels from Japan.
“I wanted something different that nobody else had,” Wyrick said.
Wyrick said the show is a good way to start off the car show season and he did not come to win awards, he came to support the DARE program.