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Gearheads galore at Elburn car show

ELBURN – Vintage and classic cars and trucks filled the grounds Sunday at Lions Park in Elburn, eye-popping never-ending rows of crayon-pretty hues.

Among the cars in the Elburn Lions' Annual All Wheels Car Show were a 1979 burgundy Camero, a 1976 sky blue  Cadillac Eldorado, a 1966 Ford Mustang in a pale ice blue. Vehicles crossed the decades in shades of yellow from neon to lemon and butter; greens ranging from olive to forest to billiard ball brilliant; reds so bright they would make an apple blush; as well as a variety of creams, pinks, tans and blacks.

 And then there was James Brown's "chick magnet" Laser Electric Blue 1970 Chevy C-10 Custom truck, which won in its class in last year's show.

"Oh, it's real pretty," Brown, of Crest Hill, said. "I did most of it myself."

This was the first time for Larry Eslick of Woodstock to come to the Elburn show and he was enjoying himself. Eslick also entered a car in the show, a 1968 silver Camero.

"A friend of mine was coming down today and asked if I'd like to ride along," Eslick said. "I took it all apart and rebuilt it the way I wanted it."

Steve Laloggia of Huntley was giving a studied eye to a 1950 cream Mercury, pointing out flaws a less eagle-eyed gearhead might miss: miniscule cracks in the paint and a small area of rust.   

Laloggoia referred to his brother Jim's nearby 1964 Ford Dodge 330, another cream-colored vehicle, but with a flawless finish.

Jim Laloggia of Carol Stream said he's been working on that car for 13 of the 14 years he's owned it.

"When I got it, the hood was smashed, the fender was smashed," Laloggia said. "It had to be all repainted. So everything was stripped to bare metal and plated."

Jim Zimmerman of Montgomery was as much a stand-out in his electric tangerine orange pants with matching shoes, blending in with his 1955 Chevy in Hugger Orange with blue flames detailed from the front.

He wore a navy blue sweater to complete the orange ensemble – and to blend in with the car.

People stop by to ask if the color combo is for the Chicago Bears, the University of Illinois or Oswego High School, he said.

"And I say, sure," Zimmerman said with a smile.

The truth? He wears the colors to blend in with the car.


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