Wild about cars

Members of the Dakota Cruisers Car Club meet on the first Wednesday of every month to share their love of classic cars.

“Our club is open to anybody (with an interest in old cars),” said Jerry Black, the vice president of the club, which he said is the largest in North Dakota.

The Dakota Cruisers had some of their cars on display this weekend at the Wild about Wheels car show at the All Seasons Arena, located in the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot.

Black and Uhrmacher, a past board member, said the group has members from around the area. They hold their general meeting at the Vegas Motel in Minot at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. During the summer months, they meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the south Hardee’s and cruise somewhere, like a park or the parking lot of a senior living facility to show off their cars.

Every member has a fondness for a different type of car.

“I like the coupes, from the 1930s or the 1940s,” said Uhrmacher.

He said they are special because of their lines. Modern cars don’t have that kind of style, he said. “And they have chrome,” said Uhrmacher.

Black likes cars that were made a little later, in the early 1960s.

Some members have cars that were made as early as 1914, said Uhrmacher.

Uhrmacher and Black said they would like to have younger members taking an interest in the old cars. Sometimes they recruit young auto students to help members fix up an old car.

The club also offers college scholarships for students who are going into the automotive trade.

For more information about the club, log on to the club’s website at (www.dakotacruiser.com).