BELLE FOURCHE — There was new meaning to the phrase, “a soft summer breeze” as approximately 100 vehicles braved the swirling wind filled with cottonwood tree cotton for the 32nd annual All Car Rally in Belle Fourche Saturday.

Spectators of all ages were treated to the rambling rat rods, souped up sedans, and revved up roadsters.

Once again winning best in show was Rick Peterson of Spearfish, for his 1950 Chevy school bus, which he converted into a recreational vehicle. This is the second consecutive time Peterson’s bus has won him the coveted car award.

“I’m … honored, I guess is the best word,” Peterson said. “With any new build, there’s always little things, but it works really well.”

Newcomers to the All Car Rally this year, Marvin and Sandy Kuhn, not only took home the first-place spot in the pre-1954 category for their 1941 Willy’s Coupe, but also won the Long Distance-Bill Schwender Memorial award for traveling all the way from Hays, Kan. 

“We’re on vacation, but came for this,” said Marvin. “We wanted a destination, and this is where we ended up at.”

The Kuhns said they’ve entered their coupe in a number of car shows around the Midwest, but at nearly 600 miles, this has been the farthest they’ve traveled for one.

“This is the first time we’ve been to a car show where it looks like it’s snowing,” he added with a laugh.

The Kuhns and their coupe were joined by a group of friends who also drove their vintage vehicles in from Kansas. Marvin said they’ve made the trip several times for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but are looking forward to some more leisurely drive time in the Black Hills.

“We’re just putting some miles on and enjoying ourselves, he said. ”We’re just gonna cruise the hills.”

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