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8/24/2017 4:00:00 AM
For the love of old cars
The Times photo by Betsy ReasonNoblesville’s Barry Dixon and his wife, Michelle, who organize the annual Lucky Teter Rebel Run Car and Vintage Bike Show at Forest Park, love old cars, like their red 1955 Cadillac that Barry had restored.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Noblesville’s Barry Dixon and his wife, Michelle, who organize the annual Lucky Teter Rebel Run Car and Vintage Bike Show at Forest Park, love old cars, like their red 1955 Cadillac that Barry had restored.

By Betsy Reason

Now that the Indiana State Fair is behind us, it's time to rev up for the eighth annual Lucky Teter Rebel Run Car and Vintage Bike Show this Saturday at Noblesville's Forest Park.

I always love a good car show. An extra bonus, this show benefits the Noblesville Masonic Lodge's Angel Fund, a charity coordinated with Noblesville Schools for families who need financial assistance for medical and dental needs.

Barry Dixon, a Noblesville Freemason of more than 20 years, is owner of a 1955 red Cadillac that he found about 10 years ago and had it restored, with new paint and all new interior. He is the second owner of the car, which has a 331 V8 engine and manual transmission.

Dixon started the car show in honor of the late Noblesville resident Earl "Lucky" Teter.

Teter and his Hell Drivers were nationally known daredevils from the 1930s and early 1940s and performed an automotive thrill show throughout the United States. In his show, Teter used cars just as they came from the factory and wore goggles and a leather football helmet for safety.

Teter died 75 years ago on July 5, 1942, while performing a stunt at the Indiana State Fair. Two days later, Teter was given a full military funeral at Noblesville First United Methodist Church, followed by a mile-long procession to Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.

Fascinated with Teter's history and a passion for old cars, Dixon in 2010 started the car show, which now draws about 200 autos under the shade trees at Forest Park. Over the years, the show has brought in about $30,000 for the Angel Fund.

For Dixon, the "ultimate tie-in" is that "Teter was a Mason, too," said Dixon, who drove his car out to Forest Park on Wednesday morning to talk about the upcoming show.

The Earl M. "Lucky" Teter Memorial Scholarship at Noblesville HIgh School annually honors Teter, a 1919 graduate, who was class president in 1916-18. Teter was also captain of the baseball team and played basketball and football.

He said while the show registration starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, there are usually car owners arriving as early as two hours before. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 with dash plaques available to the first 200 entries on the day of show. Only pre-1980s motorcycles will be allowed.

While he doesn't have an online registration, he does post his show on various car show websites, distributes about 1,000 flyers and relies on "word of mouth."

Dixon has been watching Saturday's weather forecast, which calls for a sunny and clear day, in the low 70s.

He and his wife, Michelle, together organize and put on the show, which he said is a little "edgier" than other shows, with custom-made trophies, "from body shops from throughout the area." There is also a coveted "Lucky 13," the Lucky Teter Legacy award and the Spider Mills Heritage Motorcycle Award presented. Russell "Spider" Mills was a Noblesville native and daredevil, as well, performing with Teter across the nation, up to Teters' death. Mills returned to Noblesville, working on vehicles as an auto mechanic for the remainder of his life. Mills' son, Chuck Mills, who lives in Sheridan, and his family are expected to attend.

Also, Saturday, Deejay Rocket Jockys will rock the day away with classic oldies and rockabilly music. There will be a presentation of the flag by Navy Club Ship 29 in Noblesville and event souvenir T-shirt sales and "great food and fun," with the Masons selling hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwursts.

Dixon said the show is successful thanks to "family, friends and Masons. "It's a group effort."

For information, call Dixon at (317) 773-2272.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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