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51 Ford Hot Rod Pickup To Be Featured At Heritage Festival

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The Bowling Green Lions Club Champ Clark Heritage Festival Car & Truck show will be held at the Bowling Green courthouse square Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, rain or shine. Registration will be from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New for this year, the vehicles will not be judged and no awards will be presented. Instead, everyone registering for the show will be eligible for $400.00 in random cash drawings to be given out at 3:00 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to select a “People’s Choice” winner who will receive $100.00 cash. You must be present to win.
In addition, all registered vehicles will receive a dash plaque featuring a 1951 Ford hot rod pickup built by Joe Akers from Eolia.
For more than three years, Joe Akers, with assistance from his friend and neighbor, Kendall Cobb, used mechanical and welding skills along with a bit of redneck ingenuity and lots of advice from various mechanics and car buddies to build a really cool hot rod pickup in Joe’s garage at Eolia.
The pickup is powered by a Ford 301 C.I. engine bored .40 over for 306 C.I. The engine features a Holley three deuces carburetor and is backed with a Ford AOD transmission and a posi-trac rear end with 4.11 gears. The cab has been chopped 4″ and channeled with suicide doors. The door handles have been shaved and the truck features a custom built “32 Ford” grill. It has Ford model “A” tail lights.
Layers of different color paint were applied by students at the Pike-Lincoln Vo-Tech auto body class.
Joe and Mike “Wolfman” Baker then sanded thru the various layers of paint to create a really neat look.
In memory of his father, Jim “Sach” Akers, Joe had the pickup lettered with “Sachs Speed Shop” and pin-striped by renowned pin striper, M.K. John from Montgomery City. The pickup was built to be a driver and Joe’s co-pilot is often his daughter, Madison Akers.
The Bowling Green Lions Club is sponsoring the car show with donations from many area businesses and individuals. Profits from the show are used for Lion’s Club projects within the community.
For additional information about the car show, contact Rich Wilkinson at 573-324-2233 (day) or 573-324-6993 (evening) or e-mail at, Eric Gunn at 573-406-3380 (evening), Jim Craig at 573-470-2254 or Mel Motley at 574-485-4100.

The featured vehicle at this year’s Champ Clark Heritage Festival will be this 1951 Ford Hot Rod Pickup, which was is owned by Joe Akers, of Eolia.

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