Graphite gray over red paint made Karl Cozad's 1954 Chevy 210 sedan stand out. The grille bar got some extra teeth and the lowered stance and modern graphite-spoked mag wheels make the Kansas City, Mo., cruiser even more memorable.
The Main Street cruise wasn't the only time car show spectators got to see cool rides in action. At any given moment, there were slow-rolling parades like this one going on as participants cruised the park, checking out other cars.
At first glance, this looked like someone clowning around in a Rat Fink mask, getting in some early trick-or-treating. It turned out it was a mannequin strategically positioned for maximum spectator effect.
One of the highlights of the Ol' Marais River Run is the Saturday evening cruise along Ottawa's Main Street. The street was lined with parked show cars and spectators as literally hundreds of car show participants showed off their rides in a constantly moving parade of colors and sound.
Ron Modlin spent a good part of the day cruising the park in his homemade 1923 Model T, powered by a heavy-duty lawn-mower engine. The steering wheels in front of the kids were for display purposes only.
One of the more unusual machines attracting interest at the Ottawa show was Brent Mathis' 1948 Willys Jeep. The hometown machine had shed its military look in favor of a stretched frame and a 455 Buick V-8 mated to a 350 TurboHydramatic transmission.
Larry Hall of Emporia built this nicely detailed old-school hot rod and added some red primer patina showing through the gloss black paint. Note the classic raked Duvall windshield and the 3-deuce carb setup with rear-facing air stacks.
Another local car was this nicely executed custom '51 Ford Victoria, which had been treated to a host of styling treatments, not the least of which was the top, which had been chopped 2-3/4 inches. Ron Renoe said every piece of trim on the hardtop had to be modified to accommodate the lowered lid.
Another bigger-than-life street rod on display was Stephen York's deep, deep blue 1933 Chrysler coupe. York brought the Chrysler, which boasts wire wheels, fender mounted spare and chrome hood vents, from Catoosa, Okla.
Big wheels tucked up under its fenders and bathed in a bright lime green and black paint scheme, Anna Bunyard's 1934 Ford 3-window coupe makes an impressive sight on the show field. She brought the slick machine up from Collinsville, Okla.
If metalflake gets you revved up, then Chris and Sabrina Huskey's super-sparkly green and white '59 El Camino was a fine focal point, inside and out, at Forest Park. They are local street rodders from Ottawa.
A "phantom" vehicle, B.J. Love's 4-door 1-1/2-ton '34 Ford truck was a body style that never existed back in the day. The Broken Arrow, Okla., truck features some of the longest running boards ever bolted onto a vehicle.
One of the most intimidating looking cars at the show was this jet black 1964 Galaxie 500XL with big 5-spoke wheels and a classic teardrop hood scoop. Ottawa resident Eric Yohe showed the fastback off proudly.
Looking almost bone-stock, Rex Kirkland's white 1955 Buick Special had some mechanical upgrades, including a 350 Chevy V-8 under the hood. The car had only a short jaunt to the show, as Kirkland is another Ottawa car guy.
Dressed out in classic black, with a tan leather interior, Mitchell York's 1933 Chrysler from Claremore, Okla., was one of the more unusual choices for a street rod to be found at the Ol' Marais River Run. It generated more than its share of appreciative looks during the event.