Steele County Historical Society Hosts the 4th Annual Gus’ Station Breakfast and Car Show

July 9, 2018


The Steele County Historical Society will hold the 4th Annual Gus’ Station Breakfast and Car Show on Saturday, July 21, 8:30 AM to noon at the Steele County History Center, 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN.


Classic cars of all ages, new and old, domestics and imports will be on display throughout the facility parking area at the Steele County Historical Society, ensuring there is something for everyone to see.


The car show is a participant voting system, with open class trophies to the top ten vehicles.  A dash plaque will be given to all entries.  There is a $5 per vehicle registration fee.


The show will feature a wide range of specialty vehicles such as a 1950 Ford F150, 1959 Farmall Tractor, 1970 AMX, sprints car and more!  Tow Mater, built from a 1955 Chevy Truck, is sure to be a hit will kids young and old.

The 1969 AMX, was special ordered in 1969 by Owatonna natives Harvey and Sharon West from Ben Bennett Rambler which was located at 1534 South Cedar Avenue.  Under the advice of the salesman, “Shorty”, they ordered the bittersweet orange metallic 1970 American Motors AMX sport coupe “390”.  This is an unrestored, original owner car with 22,295 miles on it.  The car still sits on the original tires off the showroom.  It was special ordered with 390 CU inch 325 horsepower, go-pack, 4-speed transmission, power brakes and power steering.  The interior has deluxe leather seats, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel and AM radio/8-track tape deck. The car is a two-time National Concours Winner (stock class) classic AMX Club International.  AMX specifically build this coup to compete with General Motors, Chrysler and Ford Motor pony cars.  It’s a “special coupe” with a whole lot of history!


Be sure to join us for breakfast in the History Center featuring breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, cinnamon rolls, and beverages.  The breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. The cost is $10 per person; children 5 and under eat free with paid adult.  Tickets are available at the SCHS or online.  Guests can stroll through the Village of Yesteryear and purchase commemorative items in Gus’ Station and are also available in the County Junction Gift Shop located in the History Center.  Admission to the car show is free, however donations are always appreciated. All proceeds go to Gus’ Station Restoration and proposed addition of a service bay to be located next to Gus’ Station.


Immediately following the car show, there will be a car run to the Ellendale Muni.  Join us for live music, food and drink specials, preferred parking to car show participants.


The Steele County History Center is a part of the Steele County Historical Society, a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its mission is to preserve and share Steele County history today for tomorrow.  The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Steele County’s past through museum exhibits, research, collections, tours, educational programs and book publishing. 


The Steele County Historical Society operates the Village of Yesteryear May 1st through September 30th with guided tours offered at 1:30 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Adults $5, children ages 7-16 $3.00, children 6 and under accompanied by an adult, free. Group tours, and other tour times are available by appointment. The History Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM-4 PM, Thursday from 10 AM- 8 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM-3 PM. Admission to the History Center is adults $5, children ages 7-16 $3.00, children 6 and under accompanied by an adult, free—receive a $2 discount if you tour the Village and visit the History Center. SCHS members get free admission to the History Center. For more information visit us on Facebook, call 507-451-1420, or visit our website

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