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SERPACI celebrates 50th year; car show

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Lake Creek Country club had a packed parking lot Friday, but most of the crowd was not packing the fairways, but showing off the classic bodies of timeless automobiles.

Mustangs, Chevys, Fords and other classic cars were a part of the Society for the Encouragement of Restoration and Preservation of Antique Cars Incorporated (SERPACI) 50th Celebration.

Many of the owners spent time talking with old friends and discussing current restoration projects.

Owners proudly showed off the hard work that they have down to the fine automobiles. Bill Patton, owner of a 1957 Chevrolet Belair convertible, could quickly tell you the history of an automobile that he has owned of for almost 40 years.

"I bought this car for $345 and it would sell for about $35,000 -$40,000 today," Patton said. "The car has gone through two restorations and the last time I put about $10,000 into it."

According to Patton, his style of vehicle was very popular for racing in late '50s and '60s.

"The car motor was very powerful back in the day and was popular on the tracks," Patton said. "That is why they are so rare. People would race them and they would get beat up and junked."

Bob Thompson, fellow car enthusiast, enjoys the meetings and some the trips that the SERPACI Club has taken, like a rally to Branson.

"It's great to see all these cars," Thompson said, looking down the line of classic vehicles. "It's great to go on some the trips the group does with these cars annually."

SERPACI has almost 100 members in the group and many of the members are multi-car owners.

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