Vehicle owners reveal what’s under the hood

About 100 vehicles showcased at Bowler Bash car show
By: 
Lee Pulaski
City Editor

BOWLER — Every vehicle has a story.

The shiny finishes, the countless hours spent fixing things under the hood, the fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror, and even the owners that have driven the vehicles and been responsible for their care.

At the car show Saturday on the grounds of the Bowler Historical Society, almost 100 of those stories were on display standing side by side with each other, similar to books on a shelf. The owners were on hand to share those stories with each other, as well as any other visitors eager to check out the vehicles.

Two vehicles once owned by John Brunner, a Bowler resident who passed away last year, were on display, now owned by his children.

Emily Hintt, of Antigo, was cleaning the rear of a shiny, maroon 1936 Ford coupe. She received the vehicle after Brunner’s passing and has taken good care of it.

“My father owned this vehicle for about a year and a half before he passed,” Hintt said.

Next to the coupe was a 1940 Ford pickup. That vehicle, also owned by Brunner, went to his son, Matt Brunner, who lives in Bowler.

On the other side of the grounds from the Brunner family’s vehicles was a red 1957 Chevy Corvette, being tenderly cared for by its owner, Frank Braiske, of Lakewood. Braiske was cleaning gunk off the windshield using Zep, a product he swears by and claims does a better job at leaving the windshield shiny than Windex or other products.

“When I go to car shows, mine is always the oldest one,” Braiske said, pointing to another Corvette a few paces away from his. That Corvette is white and a convertible, manufactured in 1961 and owned by Carol Huntington from Shawano.

Braiske said he likes to enter the car show in his own hometown and notes it usually comes in first or second.

Another vehicle with a tale to tell was a 1967 Ford F-100. However, the story was not in the parts of the pickup that still remained — it was in what had been replaced.

The mustard-yellow colored Ford is owned by Bernie Meyer, of Tigerton. Meyer eagerly pointed out the rear of the pickup to the wood that made up the bed, all of it coming from Tigerton.

“When I first got this truck, the back was all rotted out,” Meyer said.

It took six years and a lot of work, but the wood bed is just as attractive and shiny as the rest of the vehicle, which needed other work to run. Meyer noted that he was at the local car show last year, but he had an issue getting it there, noting the battery died, and he couldn’t open the heavy hood by himself.

Meyer noted the Ford was originally titled in Virginia, but he bought it in Wittenberg.

“I was just seven years out of high school when this was built,” Meyer said.

The car show was part of the annual Bowler Bash held last weekend. The village also played host to a parade, a corn roast, musicians and other activities.