The Midwest Early Corvette Club (MECC) Chairman Doyle Eicher presented donations to several area organizations Thursday at the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce.

The donations, which came from a portion of the proceeds from the Gateway to the West Days Car Show, were given to the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce, Blair Police, Washington County Food Pantry and Washington County Long-Term Recovery.

MECC also provides financial support to the Nebraska Kidney Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association of Nebraska and a scholarship to one of the automotive programs in Nebraska.

The 12th annual Gateway to the West car show attracted 111 registered drivers and a crowd of people who enjoyed seeing the classic cars, pick-up trucks, motorcycles, tractors and Corvettes.

This year, 30 People's Choice, 16 Specialty, four Chamber of Commerce and 15 Corvette trophies, along with one Best of Show trophy, were awarded. A drawing of all participants was held for various gifts that included a certificate of deposit, cash, gift cards and T-shirts.

Bob Grinnell of Fort Calhoun received the Best of Show trophy for his 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88.

Terry and Phyllis Foster of Omaha received the Best of Show Corvette trophy for their 1966 Chevrolet Corvette.

Other award winners:

Best engine — Jim and Diane Ruffcorn, 1969 Stingray Corvette

Best paint — Craig Olson, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette

Best interior — Butch Noordham, 1967 Ford Galaxie

Best local — Sherri Levers, 1965 Ford Mustang

Best restored — Troy Guthell, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Best custom — Terri Webster, 1939 Ford 2-Door Sedan

Best Ford — Bob Taylor, 1931 Ford Tudor

Best GM — Don and Deb Kubik, 1954 Corvette

Best Mopar — Wayne Mangan, 2010 Dodge Challenger

Best truck — Les Robbins, 1953 Chevrolet 3100

Best foreign — Brooklyn Schoeter, 1992 Mercedes Benz

Best muscle car — Ryan Schoeter, 1985 Buick T Type

Best other — John Timperley, 1937 Packard

Best motorcycle, Harley — Ray Scott, 2007 Harley Davidson

Best motorcycle, other — Donald Vanecek, 1970 Honda CL 350

Long distance drive — Gary Larsen, 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

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