He may be only 13 years old, but Grant Lammers already knows what he wants to drive: a white Dodge Challenger with black racing stripes.
So on Saturday, Grant made sure he got his picture taken in the driver's seat of a Challenger (even though it was purple) at the Midlands International Auto Show.
Grant and his dad, Brett, drove from Blair, Neb., to “dare to dream” about the nearly 400 cars on display at the CenturyLink Center.
Other dream vehicles also were on display, such as a hand-built Chevrolet COPO Camaro from a private collection.
Self-proclaimed “car people” Patty and Scott Beermann of Dakota City, Neb., couldn't believe the vehicle was out in the open. Only 69 COPO Camaros were made, and they can't be licensed for street driving.
In between snapping pictures, Patty Beermann said the Camaro was “their version of a holy grail.”
The rare vehicles in the private collection are valued at more than $2 million, said event director Tam Webb.
She said attendance for the show was strong, and guests seemed to be interested in new safety features.
They also took lots of pictures of models with bright colors and names such as “metallic peacock” and “habenero.”
Not everyone was snapping pictures, though.
Instead of a camera phone, Steve Fischer of Omaha carried around a yellow tape measure. Fischer is looking to purchase a truck, and he wanted to make sure the new GMC pickups would fit in his garage.
“You can go online all day, but touching, feeling, talking to people really helps,” Fischer said.
In the case of teenager Grant, only one thing will help him get his Dodge Challenger one day.
“I'll probably have to do a lot of chores,” he said.
The show, sponsored by The World-Herald, ends its four-day run today; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission for ages 13 and up is $9, for ages 7 to 12 is $6 and for 6 and younger is free; senior citizens (65 and older) and people with military ID pay $6.