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Friday, December 13, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Revvin’ up the rods


Larry Wellman of Spokane looks over an early 1960s Ford with a supercharged engine at the Hot Rod Cafe  on Friday before  the annual River City Rod Run, a two-day event for car lovers. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Larry Wellman of Spokane looks over an early 1960s Ford with a supercharged engine at the Hot Rod Cafe on Friday before the annual River City Rod Run, a two-day event for car lovers. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
By Melissa Pamer Staff writer

Larry Sherman hunted his prey for two years before moving in for the kill. Er, make that sale.

He pursued a 1955 GMC Suburban all over Kootenai County, following the giant beast each time he saw it drive by. Sherman pestered its owner until he relented and sold the rusted vehicle.

“He probably thought I was a stalker,” said the Idaho Classic Cars member with a guffaw as he helped prepare for Friday night’s opening of the 10th annual River City Rod Run in Post Falls.

“We call them motorheads,” Rob Elder said of car nuts such as Sherman.

Elder owns the Hot Rod Café, the focal point for the weekend car extravaganza. He expects 15,000 to 20,000 fans from around the country to check out the 500 pre-1975 classics, hot rods and street rods registered for the show.

Sherman will flaunt his Suburban, lovingly restored in custom silver and gray. It’s one of “a couple hundred” classics he has owned since inheriting the obsession at age 12 from his father, a racer.

The Friday night kickoff had owners showing off their rides with a two-mile “power cruise” through city streets.

Then the smell of burning rubber filled the air with a “burn-out contest.”

Today brings an all-day show and judging, live music and kids’ games. The “Miss Hot Rod 2007” contest starts at 8:30 p.m.

If you’re going, though, be careful where you park. The sign in the café parking lot says it all: “Reserved. Hot Rods Only.”

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