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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 9A' Behind the wheels of their favorite rides are, from left, Dan in his blue 1966 Chevy Chevelle, featuring a 327 cubic-inch engine; Fred, ready to rumble in his white 1963 Corvette, also powered by a 327 cubic-inch engine; and Justin sitting in the family's red 1966 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport boasting a monster 396 cubic-inch power plant. Photo by Stao] Fisher t Stacy Fisher Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com What makes the Hot Rod Extravaganza car show competition at Chester Park such a popular event, is not only the vintage automobiles and tricked out vehicles on display, but the opportunity for family and friends to gather together for a day of camaraderie -- along perhaps with some friendly rivalry between contestants as well as a bit of braggadocio thrown in here and there. One such tight-knit extended family without any such rivalry is the Schlueters, including Fred and Kathy Schlueter, son Dan and wife Christine, grandson Justin, and daughter Heidi Steen and husband Rob. Originally from Ripon, Wisconsin, Fred, a Navy veteran, today owns three vintage ears; his favorite being a white 1963 Corvette powered by a 327 cubic-inch engine. Son Dan owns a blue 1966 Chevy CheveUe, also featuring a 327 cubic-inch engine. Finally, grandson Justin drives the family's red 1966 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport, purchased in 1987, boasting a monster 396 cubic-inch power plant, all currently running strong with rebuilt motors. When Fred and Kathy first moved to Plumas County in September of 1969, they lived in Hamilton Branch, later moving in 1972 to the Chester area where they now live just a short distance from downtown. "When we moved here we owned a brand new stock 1969 Chevelle Super Sport, because I was into so-called 'muscle cars,'" Fred recalled. He soon developed an interest in enlarging his collection of vintage vehicles, which led to the purchase in 1974 of the '63 Corvette -- a head turner -- that he still drives to this day. Both daughter Heidi and son-in-law Rob, both of whom share in the family's interests in classic automobiles, also love to attend car shows to show their support, shared Heidi. Although Fred isn't a car mechanic per se, he said he likes to work on his cars in order to maintain them, going as far as replacing parts that wear out or fail, and in a couple of cases even redoing the upholstery. There was also that time some years back when Fred and Kathy tried their hands at rebuilding car motors in a workshop setting at Lassen College. Regarding his efforts at rebuilding car engines, he half-jokingly stated that, "I know enoughnow not to ever do it again." Fred began showing off his cars every Year at the Hot Rod Extravaganza since the show's first year in 1965, and expects to be there along with his family members again for the show on Sept 8. In addition to attending the Extravaganza in Chester, other car shows that the Schlueters have participated in include Hot August Nites in Reno, starting when Fred's grandson Justin was just 1 year old, as well as Kool April Nites in Redding, plus occasionally attending the Main Street Cruise in Susanville. Fred said that he enters his vehicles not so much to win a trophy (although he said he's won three or four awards over the years), but just for the sheer fun of it. "Our older model vehicles are not really show cars so much as cars you drive every day," but added that the models he keeps at home are free examples of the craftsmanship, simplicity in engineering and awesome design features of cars built in previous eras, which he thought seemed more important than with many modern vehicles. "I guess I'm mostly attracted to these particular cars out of a sense of nostalgia." Dan recalled that growing up in a family where his dad was into vintage automobiles was likely the reason he acquired the same interest in the classics by the time he turned 12 in the mid-'70s. "Long before I was old enough to drive, I knew I wanted a '66 Chevelle," Dan recounted, adding that the body style really appealed to him. "And at the age of 17 during my senior year of high school, I found the one I wanted and continue to drive it almost every day." He confided, "I have a love for older cars because they're fun to drive and people give a thumbs up when you pass by." During his deployment to Afghanistan while in the Navy Dan said that, "My brother-in-law Rob found the time to repaint the Chevelle for me," and with help from Fred and Kathy, redid the upholstery, installing new carpet and other upgrades, "which came as a complete surprise when I came home one day on leave for Christmas in 2006." Dan's son, Justin, 25, seems to be'following in both his dad's and grandfather's footsteps. "I've been around classic cars my whole life," he said. Fred noted that the Hot Rod Extravaganza is a true family affair. "The car show in Chester Park is a great place for all of the family to be together and have a great time The organizers have really done a great job and obviously know what they're doing." Aim Auto ii!i Pete Neely. 615 Main St.' Fresh Dally Soups, Lunch and Fine Dlnlng Dlnner Speclalsl BBQ Specials Frldays and Saturdays. 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