Rare and classic cars, signs of gas stations and other gasolines, beautiful vans, vintage motorcycles, vintage tractors, souvenirs and more will be on offer.
– Yvette VanDerBrink
CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI, USA, September 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Larry and Dawn Menard collection of rare and classic cars, gas station signs and other petroliana, fine vans, vintage motorcycles, vintage tractors, more of 300 plus memorabilia pieces will be auctioned on Saturday, October 2 in the Expo building of the North Wisconsin Fairgrounds at 225 Edwards Street in Chippewa Falls.
The auction has a 9:00 am Central start time. The doors will open at 7 a.m. “We hope everyone can come and bid on a chance to own one of these fabulous vintage cars and more,” said Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions, the Minnesota auction house that hosts the sale. “But even if you can’t attend in person, you can bid online” (via www.VanDerBrinkAuctions.com).
The auction is a rare and vintage car collector’s dream, packed with rides like a fuel-injected 1957 Chevrolet convertible, a fuel-injected 1963 Corvette with split rear window, a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, a Ford wagon Woody 1950, a 1935 Ford 3 – a window coupe, the complete Tri-Five series of Chevrolet convertibles and Nomad wagons, incredible 1958 and 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertibles, a 1959 Cadillac 62 series, great vintage pickup trucks, a 2007 NASCAR rolling body, beautiful customs and over 300 souvenir car parts. Most vintage cars have been lovingly restored to their original condition by Larry and Dawn.
People in the Midwest will instantly recognize the name Menard. Menard’s is famous throughout the region as a hardware store chain that sells everything from birdseed to lumber. For years, Larry Menard was the face of the company and could be seen in stores, giving sales and product seminars. His recent passing has led his wife Dawn to make the difficult decision to sell their collection.
Larry grew up on the family farm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and learned to work hard early on. He also loved cars, speed and style, and was only 12 years old when he sold his 4-H calf with the idea of buying his first car, with the help of his uncle Ed. Larry had heard that a neighbor had a black 1935 Ford sedan for sale. He quickly rode a bike and bought it.
So at the age of 12 he proudly drove this car home (his bike in the trunk), and when he arrived his dad asked him, “Did you get the title? Larry had been so excited to have the car that he had completely forgotten the title. But the experience convinced him that he was a business maker who was destined for a living in sales, and he then vowed to start collecting rare old cars as well.
Larry’s father didn’t want his sons, Larry and John, to spend their lives farming, and he started a family business building prefabricated buildings. He gave the boys the first building, which they used to sell wood from a boxcar. This humble start of selling lumber and prefabricated buildings eventually grew into Menard’s – all under one roof for all construction and home needs.
When Larry was still in high school, he hung out with a friend and a soul mate who also loved cars and also had a sister, named Dawn. The two never dated, but years later they were reintroduced to the Menard store in Eau Claire by Dawn’s daughter. A strong connection quickly established and the two became soul mates. It turned out that Dawn liked old cars too.
Larry and Dawn embarked on a life together centered around their rapidly growing car collection (and their work of course). They liked to go on cruises with car buddies. They never missed the Back to the 50s and Good Guys auto shows. They had a list of cars that they were looking for and actively researching. One was a 1935 Ford, since it was Larry’s first car. They loved “the hunt”.
Eventually, the collection expanded to include not only classic cars, but other American classics: gas pumps, porcelain signs and many petroleum and memorabilia items. A collection has become a museum. Larry and Dawn’s adventure continued for many years along the Road of Life, through all the twists and turns they encountered, leading to Larry’s death and Dawn’s decision to sell.
An open house preview will be held the day before the auction, Friday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. central time at the North Wisconsin Fairgrounds at 225 Edwards Street in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. . Masks are recommended but not mandatory for the preview of the open doors. The auction, the next day, October 2, starting at 9 a.m., will be held in the Expo building.
For more information on the Larry and Dawn Menard Collection October 2 sale, visit www.VanderBrinkAuctions.com.
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