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Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 5:00 pm | Updated: 6:18 pm, Mon Aug 5, 2013.

OWATONNA — Terry Hansen has made a living working on automobiles.

Hansen, who owned Terry’s Repair in Owatonna for 37 years before handing it down to his son, is the owner of a restored and customized orange and taupe 1956 Chevrolet, a restored 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle and a 1990 Chevrolet pickup.

And he enjoys displaying his work at car shows across the state.

“I like getting together with other guys and looking at cars,” Hansen said.

Hansen has been going to car shows for 15 years — with 10 scheduled this summer — and he makes sure to bring his 1956 Chevrolet to the Owatonna Elks Lodge annual Show and Shine car show each year.

And this year was no different.

“Being it’s a local show, it brings out so many people,” he said.

Hansen’s Chevrolet was one of more than 80 cars, motorcycles and trucks that lined up along Vine Street as well as in the off-street parking lots Saturday morning during the Elks 12th annual Show and Shine Car show.

And for car enthusiasts, it was a good day to be outside.

Event co-organizer Cathy Kniefel said on average the Elks sees about 75-plus cars, depending on the weather.

“This is a perfect day. No wind and lots of sunshine means lots of cars,” Kniefel said. “Participation is really high this year.”

The annual event is a fundraiser for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Going into Saturday’s show, the Elks Lodge had already raised almost $30,000 for ALS research from the past 11 years’ events.

And Roger Soukup of Owatonna has been at most of the fundraisers, showing his 1940 Plymouth pickup.

“I restored it and painted it myself,” he said.

Soukup said he has owned his pickup for 40 years.

“Forty years ago, a friend had the truck but didn’t want it, so I decided I’d restore it,” he said. “Seven years ago, I replaced the flat bed it had with a box I found, so it would look more like a pickup.”

Soukup also had his 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 on display.

“Cars were always a hobby for me as a kid,” he said.

The event also included awards to the top 30 cars and top three motorcycles, games, food vendors, door prizes and a silent auction with more than 40 items.

Soukup received the Mayor’s Choice award for his pickup. Joe Rosales of Owatonna received People’s Choice for his 1969 Ford Mustang. Denny Hild of Mankato received Best of Show for his 1932 Ford three-window coupe and Larry Larson of Claremont received the ALS Award for his 1969 Dodge Charger.

The top three motorcycles were awarded to Humberto Perez of Medford, Josh Karaus of Owatonna and Ben Grebe of Owatonna.

Reach reporter Ashley Stewart at 444-2378 or follow her on @OPPashley

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