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Heritage Festival car show to feature Akers’ 1951 Ford Hot Rod pickup

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm

This is the hot rod pickup built by Joe Akers in his garage in Eolia.
Submitted photo.

The Bowling Green Lions Club Champ Clark Heritage Festival Car and Truck show will be held at the Bowling Green Courthouse square on Sept. 8 rain or shine. Registration will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

New this year, the vehicles will not be judged and no awards presented. However everyone registering for the show will be eligible  for $400 in  a random cash drawing to be given at 3 p.m. Participants will select a “Peoples Choice” winner who will receive $100 in cash. You must be present to win. In addition, all registered vehicles will receive a dash plaque featuring a 1951 Ford hot rod pickup built by Joe Akers from Eolia.

For the past  three years, Akers with the assistance from his friend and neighbor, Kendall Cobb, used  their mechanical and welding skills, along with a bit of red neck ingenuity and lots of advice   from various merchants and car buddies to build a really cool hot rod pick up in Joe’s garage  in Eolia.  The pickup is powered by a Ford 302 C.I. engine bored .40 over for 306 C.I. The engine features a Holley three deuces carburetor and is backed with a Ford AOD transmission and a post-tac rear end with 4.11 gears. The cab has been chopped four inches and channeled with suicide doors. The door handles have been shaved and truck features a custom built “32 Ford” grill.  It has Ford Model A tail lights. Layers of different color paint were applied by students at the Pike/Lincoln Tech Center auto body class. Joe and Mike Baker then sanded through  the various layers of paint to create a really neat patina look. In memory of his father, Jim Akers, Joe had the pickup lettered with  “Sachs Speed Shop” and pinstriped by renowned pin striper M. l, John from Montgomery City. The pickup was built to be a driver and Joe’s co-pilot is often his daughter, Madison Akers.

The Bowling Green Lions Club is sponsoring the car show with donations  from many area businesses and individuals. Profits from the show are used for Lions projects within the community. The most convenient way to access the show will be to take Business Hwy. 61 through Bowling Green and turn onto Church Street  between  Ol’ Tops Pawn Shop and Farm Bureau and follow Church Street to the square. Car and truck owners are encouraged to bring the entire family as there will be crafts, parade, antiques, quilt show, kids games, vintage tractors, food and music entertainment throughout the day.

For more information about the car show, contact Rich Wilkinson a 573-324-2233 (day) or 573-324-6693 (evenings)  or email, Eric Gunn at 573-406-2270 (evenings), Jim Craig at 573-470-2554 or Mel Motley at 574-485-4100.

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