Cops & Rodders: Automotive icons line Water Street in third annual car show fundraiser

By Zach Jensen,

Dave Kramer’s Mosport Green 1966 Stingray Coupe.

Calypso Coral, Montalcino Red, Mosport Green, Lemon Twist and countless more car colors lost to the tomes of automotive history — yet revived each year for car shows across the state and around the world. The colors and the vehicles they envelope are reminiscent of a different time — perhaps when cars and trucks had more individuality and personality, when simple tools and elbow grease kept them running and when American muscle dominated America’s roadways. 

More than 100 vehicular examples of bygone times lined Water Street the morning of Saturday, May 11, during the annual Cops & Rodders car show, which raised $2,300 for the Decorah Police Department K9 unit. The event’s coordinator, Vic Pinckney of Decorah, said all car show participants rebuild cars for different reasons, and all cars at each show are in different stages of restoration.

“When you redo them, it’s your color, your motor, your interior,” said Pinckney, who showed a 1965 “Indian Red” Ford Mustang at Saturday’s show. “You get to pick everything, so it’s kind of like you’re building a dream you had since you were a kid. Most of us couldn’t afford these cars back then, but now we can.”

Full article and photos in the May 16 Decorah Public Opinion newspaper.

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