STRASBURG — One by one cars, trucks and even a semi pulled onto a concrete pad with smoke rolling off of them as they performed burnouts at Strasburg Village Park Saturday.

In its fourth year, Burn Out in the Burg drew 44 vehicles to the car show, 16 to the exhaust competition and 12 to the first year of the burnout competition.

Jason Fry of Shumway brought his 1979 green Dodge truck to participate in the exhaust and burnout competitions. He thought the truck’s 440 engine would give him an advantage. It was his first year competing and Fry said his goal was to place in one competition or the other.

Josh Porter of Stewardson came for the burnout competition in his 1979 Camaro, accompanied by his 11-year-old son and technician in training, Hayden. Although Porter said he had never participated in a burnout competition before Saturday, he’s had lots of practice. Porter was hoping to place third or fourth. But even if he didn’t, he said it was a good way to spend the afternoon.

Joe Trueblood of Mattoon was attending the event for the first time to try his luck at the burnout competition with his 1970 Chevy C-10 truck. Like Porter, Trueblood said he had never been in a burnout competition but has plenty of experience.

Car show participant Gary Rincker of Stewardson entered his 1957 Chevy Bel Aire. He has owned the car for five years and spent a year restoring it in his shed.

“I’ve never owned one before, so I wanted one,” he said.

In addition to the classic car, he owns seven antique tractors. Rincker said that he tries to do one car show a week.

“It’s fun to drive,” he said. “I get a lot of looks from people.”

Tim Anderson of Lerna was showing his 1955 Chevy Sedan Delivery. He bought the car just before last year’s event and ended up winning Best in Show last year. Other than changing out the wheels, tires and steering wheel, the car remains original.

Winners were given handcrafted trophies made from auto parts. The trophies are the creative work of Jason and Angie Edwards.

The couple tears down transfer cases to get the parts for the trophies, which takes about a day, according to Angie. It takes another day and a half to two days to weld the trophies together.

Some of the parts they utilize to craft the unique pieces are gears, timing chains, pistons and wrenches. Overall, the couple handcrafted 26 trophies for this year’s event. They even created a little master mechanic figure that held a wrench and spark plug. It was included in the raffle prizes given out that day.

“We wanted to do something unique with it and started getting parts and throwing them together,” said Angie.

The winner of this year’s burnout competition was Tyler Pieszschalski. The winners of the exhaust competition were Mac Frederick for gas and Wyatt Cushman for diesel. People’s Choice award went to Dale Vonderheide with his 1974 AMC Javelin and Best in Show went to Tom Griffin with his 1962 Chevy II.

Crystal Reed can be reached at or by phone at 217-347-7151 ext. 131


Crystal Reed is a reporter for the Effingham Daily News, covering towns in the eastern coverage area. She is a graduate of Richland Community College and Eastern Illinois University with degrees in journalism. She is originally from Decatur.

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