Buick show set for Saturday

A special car show, showcasing vintage Buicks is coming to Webster City on Saturday.

Organizer John Hemingway said the Hawkeye Chapter of the Buick Club of America would be coming to town for the show. The chapter has several outings each year and weather permitting, he expected 50 or more autos to take part in the show. The event will be held in the North Alley of Second Street behind the Webster City Community and Senior Center from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. He added that the club members will also likely tour local points of interest like the Depot Museum, the Kendall Young Library and area shops.

“What I’m trying to do is have an event. Basically, we’ll get together and talk about Buicks,” he said. “Hopefully, if the city will let us, we’ll have a caravan or parade.”

Hemingway said that Buick was the “working man’s Cadillac.” It was less expensive but had many of the nice options, he said.

“They get great gas mileage and they have a lot of room in them,” he said. “And they seem to hold their value.”

Hemingway has been restoring Buicks for years. He plans to take his take his 1950 Buick Super. The bright red auto with the iconic vertical chrome grill has taken him eight years to completely restore from top to bottom.

“The car cost about $3,000 in 1950,” he said, indicating that the restored auto was worth substantially more now.

“We’d love to have the public stop because they’ll have an opportunity to see some great cars,” Hemingway said.