Ord hosts 43rd Rod Run, sparks nostalgia for some

Ord hosts 43rd Rod Run, sparks nostalgia for some. (NTV News)

A decades-long Father's Day tradition continues rolling along for the car enthusiast in all of us.

"The car guys kinda wanted to get something started," said Ord's Valley Rods Unlimited vice president Kim Farnstrom. "They kinda tagged on to the air show out to the airport for a while, then they went out to Ft. Hartsuff for a while, then we ended up in Ord now."

Farnstrom told the history of Ord's 43 year "Rod Run." It's a three–day event with everything from classics to modern cars.

Farnstrom said the annual Father's Day Rod Run will continue to be a tradition in Ord, with the help of future generations.

"I like the little kids going around and they've got their own favorite cars too, so as long as we, like I say, keep the young people interested, get them involved, I think it'll keep going," Farnstrom said.

This weekend's events included barbecues, a spin out, show and shine and a classic car parade through town.

And while classic cars may remind some of cruising down the strip or family memories, for one North Loup man, this weekend's Rod Run reminded him of his time in the service.

Among the over 100 classic and modern vehicles at Ord's 43rd annual Father's Day Rod Run, only one stuck out for Chuck Zangger - a 1969 Brunswick Mechanical Mule-a utility vehicle. Zangger said he remembered using them during his time in the marines as a platoon commander overseas.

"I didn't expect to see this," said Zangger. "I was just telling a young man about these machines three days ago and I was just telling him that it was a forerunner to the ATV's and there it was, it was just sitting here, so it's pretty neat to see."

Zangger said it's the first time in the 43 year history of Ord's Rod Run he's seen the vehicle, and it's the first time he's seen one since 1972.

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