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article imagePhoto Essay: Best Car Show by a Dam Site sees cars in the canyon Special

By Elizabeth Batt     Sep 1, 2013 in Lifestyle
Martin City - Held yesterday in Martin City, Montana, the Best Car Show by a Dam Site was hosted by the Deer Lick Saloon. Cars on display included the Shelby Cobra and a 1915 Dodge Roadster.
Yes it's an odd name for a car show, but it makes reference to Hungry Horse dam which is located less than five miles away and to whom the town owes its existence.
With around 500 people, Martin City is most noted for its Cabin Fever Days and wintry bar stool races, but it also likes its fun in the sun, and yesterday was no exception.
A 1956 Chevy Bel Air topless with a Delray trim color package. The Chevrolet Delray debuted in 1954 ...
A 1956 Chevy Bel Air topless with a Delray trim color package. The Chevrolet Delray debuted in 1954 as an optional trim level on the mid-range 210 series of Chevrolet's full-size car. It color-keyed the car's interior to the exterior.
The saloon offered alcohol, cars and prizes, all a man really needed. Music provided by Russ Nasset and the Revelators added some Rockabilly ambience, but from the number of cars on show, it wasn't hard for either sex to find a ride to drool over.
This 1966 Ford Shelby Cobra wanted to go home with me. The American-engined British sports car was d...
This 1966 Ford Shelby Cobra wanted to go home with me. The American-engined British sports car was designed to be a Corvette-beater. A total of 300 Mark III cars were sent to Shelby in the USA during the years 1965 and 1966, including a competition version.
In 1969, Pontiac launched one of its most significant GTO models called 'The Judge.' The name came from a comedy routine, Here Come de Judge featured in the sketch comedy television program, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. The routine was made popular by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Minus color options  (the car was only available in carousel red initially)  the rarest 1969 GTO is ...
Minus color options, (the car was only available in carousel red initially), the rarest 1969 GTO is the Ram Air IV Judge Convertible. Only five were ever built.
The Dodge Roadster was also heavily represented at the car show. The Dodge Brothers Motor Car plant didn't originally produce cars but machined products that were supplied to companies such as Ford. Eventually they expanded and produced their own automobile, the first Dodge was crafted in November 1914.
John and Horace Dodge introduced their first vehicle in November  1914. This one is a 1915 Dodge Roa...
John and Horace Dodge introduced their first vehicle in November, 1914. This one is a 1915 Dodge Roadster. Look carefully to see the ghost flames in the paint job.
The Dodge vehicle introduced several innovative features not seen in other vehicles, such as the first mass-produced, all-steel body.
A 1928 Dodge Roadster.
A 1928 Dodge Roadster.
Sadly, John and Horace Dodge both died of influenza in 1920, just six years after producing their first vehicle. Eight years later, the company was purchased by Walter P. Chrysler.
As with the Cobra, for Ford it was all about battling Chevrolet, so in 1950 they created the Ford Sedan to battle Chevrolet's popular hardtop sedans.
1950 Ford Sedan. It bears a single central  bullet  in the chrome grille. The red space typically ca...
1950 Ford Sedan. It bears a single central "bullet" in the chrome grille. The red space typically carried a 6 or 8 depending on whether the car bore a six-cylinder engine or the V8.
The car show ran for several hours allowing, let's face it, mostly men to huddle around and discuss body types, paint jobs or which cars were completely original. At the end of the day, aided by beer, most seemed to come to the same consensus. "Damn! Those were the days when they made cars."
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