A New Season of Classic Cars

Several hours of smiles and sunshine reigned (not rained) on Classic Car Nights in downtown Victoria in June.

Coming down Stieger Lake Lane (l-r):  Danielle Sackett and Roxie Sackettt of Norwood, Dawn Dammann of Victoria, Jane Schimschock of Waconia, Sandy Krause of Victoria.

Coming down Victoria Drive:  Russ Wall of Victoria, Donald Crane of Carver, Joanna and Kurt Bongard of Waconia.

Friends at the Victoria House:  Patti and Tom Stumpf, Sue and Al Orsen, Jim and Nan Emmer, Margaret Hanson, Mary Moore.

The newest restaurant in downtown Victoria is called The Noble Lion.  The staff includes Marc Huebner (owner-operator), Cindy Stavrou, Lisa Neuberger, Elle Swanson, Tom Ehlen, Melissa Schuler.

The Noble Lion is located in the new Mainstreet Building along with four other businesses.

Jerry Hartman behind the wheel and Joe Scott help with collection and cleanup on Classic Car Nights.  The utility vehicle was donated for use by the City of Victoria.

Doug Barclay of Shakopee sits in the shade with his 1919 Scripps Booth Roadster.  Said Mr. Barclay, “When I’m gone, it goes to my daughter.”

The 1929 Chevrolet was the City of Victoria’s first gas powered fire truck.  Also in the photo (l-r):  Firefighter Rick Leuthner, Sparky the Fire Dog, Fire Chief Andrew Heger, and Firefighter Dave Shoger.  The vehicle was built in St. Paul and was actively in use until 1954 when it was retired, then just used for parades.  It also comes out on Classic Car Nights.

Mary and Jim Foster of Chaska enjoyed the evening and the classic cars.  They are members at St. Victoria and so are familiar faces in the community.

Jon Dressen of Chaska and his 1960 Volvo Model #544.  The Volvo Company was founded in 1927 in Gothenburg, Sweden, when the first car rolled out of the factory.

Three volunteers working Classic Car Night were Laura O’Neill of Victoria and Cornerstone Insurance, Mark Mandel of Victoria, and Ben Landhauser, Victoria Community Development Director.

Posing with Rick are Leon Worm and his son Eddie.  Does that building in back of them look like downtown Victoria?  Well, it is.  Victoria Flats is the 80-unit apartment building being constructed across from City Hall.

Three generations at Vic’s Bar & Grill (l-r):  Nolan Widmer (son of Julie and Jerry Widmer of New Prague), Julie Michel Widmer (daughter of Jerry and Jane Michel of Victoria), Jacob and Tanner Michel (sons of John and Angie of Carver), and Grandma Jane Michel.

A memorial to the late Randy Miller of Victoria, who was very instrumental in organizing and promoting Classic Car Nights in Victoria.  The funeral procession of Classic Cars are lined up here at the Fort Snelling Cemetery where Randy was buried.  He died May 8th, 2017, at the age of 70 after a recent diagnosis of Stage 4 Metastic Melanoma.