Youth Center Kids Learn By Earning Their Way Into Car Show

By KBJR News 1

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
The Motorhead Madness Car show is a place of nearly unbelievable stories.
Retired Duluth teacher Don Behling's stone stock three thousand original miles 40 Ford coupe is one of them.

"The fellow who bought it originally passed away in World War Two and it virtually sat ever since that." said Don Behling.

Motorhead Madness is the new name for what used to be the long running World Of Wheels tour.
Northland car buffs wanted to go independent.

"We would give the local people a better shot at showing their cars and winning some of the bigger awards." said event organizer Dale Sohlstrom.

Another retired Duluth teacher, Dale Rogers, likes that idea.
He says his 34 Oldsmobile and all the other cars now in the show are real home town runners rather than touring trailer queens.

"These cars run. They are cars that are on the street just like my car here. I drive it. I don't hide it." said Rogers.

Another of the amazing stories at this year's event includes these hard working kids from the Valley Youth Center.
They earned their way in by polishing hot rodder Kyle Smalley's collection.

"They won the opportunity to come down and help Kyle and clean up all the cars and get them ready." said Angelo Simone of the Youth Center.

That sounds like a Tom Sawyer ploy but Angelo Simone of the Youth Center tells us the young people thrived on the work.

"Actually, they came right in and did a great job and picked up a couple more jobs while they were here with other guys." said Simone.

Simone states that a little good behavior and elbow grease prepares his youth for a lifetime of good citizenship; both in the real and automotive worlds.

"Yeah, that and the volunteer work they do at the Youth Center. They're great role models for the younger kids that hang out. We're looking for a younger crowd take over this car show." said Simone.

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

The Spirit Valley Youth Center crew is now raising money so they can go to another car show in the Twin Cities.