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2010 Winter Rod & Speed Show Sees Biggest Turnout Ever!

An event to benefit a local family saw the biggest turnout ever.

2010 Winter Rod & Speed Show
Video by Tim King Salem-News.com

(ALBANY, Ore.) - The 2010 Winter Rod & Speed Show in Albany, Oregon was a blast from the past. Hundreds of cars of all varieties from throughout Oregon were on hand to show off their rolling works of art.

Lee Morgan is one of the organizers, he talked to Salem-News.com about the exciting event that generated proceeds to help the family of a teenage girl named Cherokee, who died recently from cancer.

There were no disappointments. From high priced original antique cars, to hot rodded versions of the same American vehicles, car show enthusiasts saw everything from a 600 horsepower Mitsubishi, to pristine examples of most of Chevy's, Fords, Dodges and everything else, from the 1920's through the modern era of musclecars.

Two buildings at the Linn County Fairgrounds were used for the event; in the past it only required one. That attests to the serious and undying popularity of this type of event.

Both Morgan and Mike Adams from Adams Rib Smokehouse, along with local race car driver Rich Bailey, veteran hot rodder Jim Billings, and a wealth of like-minded Salem area residents, say the event is always held to raise money for somebody in the community.

On that note, the family of Cherokee lost her just prior to the event. They are hard hit with bills, and it is a sad story. If you would like to still help you can, visit capracing.com/winter_show.html

We also have an amazing spread of photos by Dexter Phoenix from Saturday's event. They will be released in a separate story.

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com

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Jeff Kaye~ January 25, 2010 5:40 am (Pacific time)

Looks like a good time was had by all. I'm glad for Cherokee's family... Oregonians (and Washingtonians) really come through for their own in times of need.

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