Railroad Days Brings People — And Cars — Together

6-29-14 Grand TorinoMain Street in downtown Galesburg was lined with hundreds of cars yesterday for the annual Railroad Days car show — but two people were there for almost the same reason.

Pat Park of Galesburg and Ray Shereda from Riverton, Illinois both had the same car on display — the exact same car: a 1976 Ford Grand Torino, built and colored in honor of the 1970’s T.V. show “Starsky and Hutch” — two of what they claim were only a thousand such cars that were produced.

Park tells WGIL it wasn’t necessarily the show that got him to want the car.

“My dad likes Fords and stuff,” Park said.  “All the shows back then…it was all about the Challengers and the Chargers…all about Mustang stuff.  My dad was about Galaxies and Torinos.”

Shereda, however, tells WGIL it was just the opposite reason for him.

“I grew up watching the show.  I think I was eight years old when it started,” Shereda said.  “My older brother and I used to play ‘Starsky and Hutch’ all the time.  We used to sit in my dad’s car, and it was the Torino, and play in the driveway like we were ‘Starsky and Hutch.'”

The two met at a different car show. Both cars have been restored. Both owners have become friends. The two say they invest a lot of time and effort into showing cars. For Shereda, he says of all the cars he’s ever shown, the Grand Torino is the one that gets the most reaction.

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