MARYVILLE, Mo. — Custom and vintage cars and trucks from across northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa rolled into the Nodaway County Senior Center parking lot Saturday for the third annual Blood, Sweat & Gears auto show hosted by Beemer Muffler Center and Beemer Accessories & Glass.

Again this year, the event, which attracted about 50 car and truck owners, raised money for the youth mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County.

One of the more diverse summer motor shows in the Maryville area, Blood Sweat & Gears is somewhat unique in that it attracts a large number of custom trucks — up to and including 18-wheelers — in addition to custom and vintage cars and motorcycles.

And truck owners got their moment in the spotlight during an afternoon burnout contest, during which a series of souped-up pickups spun their wheels over a piece of flat steel, producing clouds of smoke and filling the air with the sharp aroma of hot rubber.

One of the more unusual vehicles at this year’s show was a three-wheeled, two-seater cross between a sports car and a motorcycle driven in by Jeff and Sherry Powell of Kellerton, Iowa.

Marketed by Harley-Davidson, the open-top Vanderhall Venice is manufactured by a custom builder in Provo, Utah. With two wheels up front and a third in back, the car/cycle cross sports a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder General Motors power plant and an automatic six-speed transmission with a manual-shift option.

Jeff Powell, a truck driver by profession, said his apple-red Venice, purchased from the Harley dealership in Chariton, Iowa, sports a Bluetooth-equipped radio, cruise control and heated leather seats.

Another show standout was Tristen McCampbell’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, an automotive gumbo that he said began life as a 1955 Pontiac Star Chief before the frame and interior were fused with a Bel Air Body and mounted on top of a raised 1977 Chevy Blazer truck chassis outfitted with off-road truck tires.

McCampbell, Maryville, said the vehicle is powered by a 350 cubic-inch big block V-8 motor with a four-speed automatic transmission equipped with overdrive.

As owners and spectators wandered over the lot admiring rows of classic cars and trucks, many also took time to step inside the Senior Center for a free-will donation meal of barbecued pork, hot dogs, bratwurst and baked beans.

Singer and guitarist Nick Rucker, a Hopkins native who now lives in Omaha, Nebraska, provided live music.

Trophy winners were announced after lunch and included:

• Richard Pitts, 1st place motorcycle, 2004 Harley-Davidson Road King; Jeffrey Trillo, 2nd place motorcycle, 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

• Terrance Nickel, 1st place 1930s or older, 1935 Auburn 876 Speedster.

• Willy McGaughey, 1st place 1950s, 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air; Michael Swanson, 2nd place 1950s, 1952 Chevrolet.

• Dave O’Donnell, 1st place 1960s, 1966 Pontiac GTO; Allen David, 2nd place 1960s, 1967 Pontiac GTO.

• Mike Pitzenberger, 1st place 1970s and best-of-show, 1970 Oldsmobile 442; Larry Hickman, 2nd place 1970s, 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle.

• C.J. Messner, 1st place 1980s, 1987 American General Hummer.

• Bob Hull, 1st place 1990s and newer, 1995 Chevrolet Corvette; Steve Sporelock, 2nd place 1990s and newer, 2014 Ford Fizo XLT.

• John Hass, 1st place two-wheel-drive truck, 1966 Chevrolet C10; Jerry Allen, 2nd place two-wheel-drive truck, 1953 Chevrolet 3100.

• Giza Contracting (Mike Conn), 1st place semi, 2008 Peterbilt 389 with dump trailer.

• Trevor Haydon, 1st place four-wheel-drive truck; Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD; Mick McCreary, second place four-wheel-drive truck, 1979 three-quarter-ton Chevrolet.

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