Autofest planned for Sunday

NEW ULM – Several hundred vehicles are expected for the 13th Annual Autofest Car & Cycle Show, a free, non-judging show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on South Highway 15.

Participants receive a free goody bag while supplies last and are entered to win door prizes throughout the event.

Apple Valley Ford’s portable dynometer will be available for a fee to test performance and measure vehicle horsepower. Contestants and anyone else are invited to guess the dyno-measured horsepower of Justin Dauer’s 1974 Chevrolet Nova dragster.

Dauer’s dragster has a 496 cubic-inch big block V-8 engine and burns 112-octane racing fuel that costs $12 a gallon. The dragster is set up to reach 115 mph in one-eighth-mile drag races that last about 6.2 seconds.

Veteran Autofest participants include Leon Portner and his 1966 Ford Mustang Pony edition and Mark Dauer and his 1983 Oldsmobile 442.

“I’ve owned the Mustang for 42 years. I finally had it restored a couple years ago,” Portner said. Decades ago, he drag raced the car at North Star and Twin City Dragways.

Other Autofest features include a model car contest for children and adults, a kid’s area with supplies to color automotive-related pictures.

The New Ulm-based 1-125th Field Artillery Minnesota National Guard unit will have a display and rock climbing wall for participants to test their skills.

A disc jockey will play ’50s, ’60s and ’70s music.

Food including grilled brats and beverages will be available for sale.

For more information, call Paul Maday at 800-976-2329 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or e-mail him at

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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