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Classic cars removed from storage in St. John

Fran Brownell
St. John News
Leaving St. John in a parade of classic vehicles being warehoused in the city were a classy red Ford convertible and a sleek two-toned chrome-gray and black Corvette. The vehicles will be auctioned with others amassed by the late Bob Regehr of Hutchinson, headed for auction Saturday, October 24 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

An exodus of classic vehicles garnered attention in St. John Saturday, October 17, as the former Ford garage at 201 East Forth and a former laundromat at 108 West Third were vacated after serving for decades as repositories for part of the collection of 140-plus antique vehicles amassed by the late Bob Regehr of Hutchinson.

St. John photographer Dick Smith preserved highlights of the event through his camera lens as vehicles were being transported from St. John to Huthinson to be included in the VanDerBrink Auctions event set for this Saturday, October 24, at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, 2000 North Poplar Street, in Hutchinson.

“I was driving down the street and saw them and went home and got my camera,” said Smith, who posted the photos on his Facebook site. “They were pretty cool.”

St. John was one of several location scattered throughout Kansas which housed Regehr’s collection, featured in a 2009 issue of Hotrod Magazine. The entire collection included Camaros, Corvettes, 1950’s GM cars, and nearly 20 of Rehegr’s favorite 1932 Fords.

Details about the vehicles being auctioned are available at yvette@vanderbrinkauctions.com which also includes this backstory about Regehr’s collection, including the why and how of the collection:

“Bob loved cars and dreamed of owning that sweet 1932 Ford ride. Bob always had an eye for business. In 1968, he had a brilli’nt idea that would launch his fortune and collection. Bob took a trampoline, put a cover over it and called it ‘The Moon Walk’. He took it to the World’s fair and it was an instant hit with the kids. He sold his first two units and started a successful business to fuel his passion for old cars. The collection and his family grew. The kids would wax the cars and Bob would tell them, ‘Don’t Sweat on the Chrome!’. Bob’s favorite was 1932 Fords and the collection is filled with all makes and models including 2 rare 1932 B400 2 door Convertible Sedans. But it’s not only Fords, but Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, and there wasn’t a car Bob didn’t like.”

Saturday’s auction will be held on line as well as at the Kansas State  Fairgrounds,  starting at 9 a.m. witb a preview Friday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to information from VanDerBrink Auctions. Masks are requested for those attending the preview or the live auction.