ANDERSON – Neal Shull was a painter by trade. But when Lou Rothstein hired him to paint her house in Pendleton, she didn’t realize she had found a friend for life.
“He was like my long-lost brother,” Rothstein said. “He became like family instantly. There are few people you can trust like you could trust Neal.”
That sums up the relationship Rothstein and others in the Pendleton community had with Shull, who was tragically shot and killed last July as a bystander to a domestic violence incident. Shull, who had been a self-employed painter for N S Painting and Pendleton Auto Restoration, was 48.
Rothstein’s experience with Shull is far from unique. “It’s amazing how many people Neal knew and how many lives he touched,” Kiwanis member Todd Hare said.
Along with his work and community involvement, Shull had a passion for cars that he pursued on the side. He owned a ’52 Chevy called “The Grey Goose,” which he painted blue with white flames in addition to pursuing several other car projects. His passion grew into a big dream, which was for the Kiwanis Club to create the biggest car show his community had ever seen.
Shull only got to see his dream become a reality once. Just weeks before Shull’s death, the club featured 96 participants in its first car show.
This year, Kiwanis is honoring Shull by holding the second Kiwanis Kar Show in his memory on July 13 at Falls Park in Pendleton.
“In keeping Neal’s dream alive, we are trying to make it the biggest car show the community has ever seen,” Hare said.
Years ago, the Pendleton Ambulance Department hosted a car show that the community embraced. When they stopped holding it, the local 4-H picked up the idea for a few years, but then it faded away again.
“Neal and I had a passion for cars,” Kiwanis president John Carey said. “He brought the idea and made it happen. We want to honor Neal and want to raise money to support the community.”
Continuing to host car shows to raise proceeds for the community was a no-brainer for Pendleton Kiwanis members.
Kiwanis organizers hope to have between 150-200 cars in this year’s show. Forty-five participants have registered so far, well ahead of the pace set leading up to last year’s show.
Virtually all vehicles are welcome this year including motorcycles and unfinished cars. “Basically, if you want to show it off, you can,” Hare said.
The club, along with Collision Cure Body Werks, the title sponsor for this year’s show, has a full day of events scheduled. Registration for the show will run from 8-10 a.m. with judging at noon and awards at 2 p.m.
Not a big automobile fan? The show will feature more than just cars. The Pendleton Fire Department will be giving a Jaws of Life demonstration. Following the awards ceremony, local band Rising Gravity Experience will throw a mini-concert and Kiwanis members will grill K burgers.
Early registration is $20 and includes a Kiwanis Kar Show T-shirt. Registering the day of the show will cost $20 without the T-shirt and $30 with a shirt. For more details or registration forms, contact Hare at (765) 621-4076. The event is free and open to the public.
All proceeds from the event will go toward Kiwanis outreach programs such as Feed the Children, student scholarships, and the YMCA. “We have tried to put a lot into it to make it a great event for people to come out and enjoy and make a little money for the children,” Hare said.
If you go What: Kiwanis Kar Show When: Noon to 2 p.m., July 13 Cost: Free Show Includes: Collision Cure hot air balloon rides Pendleton Fire Department Jaws of Life presentation at noon Kiwanis K Burgers Many more food vendors Rising Gravity Experience Concert Where: Falls Park, Pendleton When: Pre-registration at 8 a.m., show runs through 2 p.m. with concert to follow. For more Information or for registration forms: Contact Todd Hare at (765) 621-4076.