Car lovers converge on Show ’N’ Shine at Medford Cruise
Hundreds of car lovers made their way to this year’s Show ’n’ Shine today at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, the portion of the annual Medford Cruise that allowed people to see vehicles showcased from as far back as the turn of the 20th century up-close.
Vehicles were shown primarily in two groups: 1980 and newer or 1979 and older. There were an array of other judging categories, as well.
“We appreciate all of the people who brought out their cars today,” said Bill Maentz, president of the Medford Cruise Association, from the stage as the Show ‘n’ Shine commenced.
He then said to the crowd that with the cars and other attractions, including a slew of eating choices, it was time to “enjoy your day.”
Maentz stood next to Russ McBride of the Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit. After he completed his remarks, he asked McBride to talk about the continuing effort to raise enough money for a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall to display in U.S. Cellular Community Park.
“We’re seeking donations so we can finish this project,” McBride said.
He also said hope is that the wall will go up in “the very near future.”
People at the event were then asked to offer a moment of silence for military members in Afghanistan and those currently “on the lines.”
Ashland resident Bill Longiotti decided to take people back to the turn of the 20th century with a replica of a 1901 Curved Dash Oldsmobile.
It’s steered with a tiller-style mechanism to turn the two front wheels. His replica has a modern 12 -horsepower, single-cylinder engine, as well as a different material for the body.
He said some people might recognize this type of Oldsmobile from the John Wayne film “The Shootist.” Actor Richard Boone was driving a 1903 model in that movie, he said.
Longiotti showed it Saturday towing something from the 19th century: an 1862 Gatling gun. The weapon sat atop a rolling stand that he also designed himself based on stands used when these firearms were being manufactured in the 1800s.
He modified the stand by using Amish wheels — “the best wheels ever made.”
Longiotti was going to drive the Oldsmobile in the cruise through downtown Medford later today without the Gatling gun behind it, he said.
A couple from Medford entered three Ford Mustangs. It was their first time to enter the event, though they have attended the cruise in the past.
Alecia and Scott Elverude own two late-model Mustangs that have received a variety of custom additions, such as roll bars, a Borla exhaust and spoilers. They consider the cars not only their daily transportation, but their his-and-her hobby and preoccupation.
Alecia said her lightning blue 2018 Mustang no longer comes in that color. She’s glad to have been able to purchase it before it was too late.
“Blue is my favorite color,” Alecia said. “I’ve wanted a Mustang since I was a little girl.”
Scott has a black 2019 Mustang. He pointed out that newer models have a four-cylinder Ecoboost engine with turbo “for more power.”.
The third Mustang has sentimental value to the family — a silver 2008 model that had been owned by Alecia’s sister who, after surviving breast cancer, later died of lung cancer.
The 2008 special edition Warriors in Pink Mustang were created by Ford in partnership with Susan G. Komen For the Cure. This one is silver with pink striping and the pink ribbon logo for breast cancer awareness with the Mustang horse logo in front of it. It has pink stitching on the interior of the vehicle as well.
Owen Riley, 4, of Medford, walked alongside his mother Abbey, who was pushing a carriage with his brother Cabe, 2, inside. At one point while his mother was talking, he playfully pushed the two toy cars he had received from vendors at the show toward his little brother.
Both grinned and giggled.
Soon after the show ended, the downtown cruise commenced.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, the park will be the site of the Familia Unida Multicultural Car Show. The event also will offer dance performances, games and activities. All events are free to attend. See medfordcruise.org for more details.
The first Medford Cruise was in 1986. There was no cruise in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Proceeds from these events benefit local youth organizations.