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Vintage Vehicle with Touching Tribute Under its Hood

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Cars line the Capitol Grounds for the annual Mustangs and Fords of the Dakotas car show.

Organizers say this is the 8th or 9th year they've held the car show in conjunction with Capital A'Fair.

After getting their fill on arts and craft vendors, thousands of people can walk through the north parking lot to see around 46 vintage vehicles on display.

A lot of time, money and energy has been invested into restoring some of these vehicles.

Much like the people who show them, every car has a story.

"I was 14 years old and I received this for mowing a gentleman's yard instead of getting paid that day." says David Owens.

David Owens says his '58 Ford Custom 300 was probably worth around 50 dollars when he got it as payment for mowing a lawn.

After spending three years restoring it, it's worth a lot more these days.

But most car lovers here are more interested in the rush of memories these cars provide, than anything else.

"It brings back the memories from when I was a kid, there's a lot of good times, every time I see the car I drive the car, I can think back, just, it's like opening up a photo book, the memories just come pouring back." says Owens.

One of the cars really hits home with military supporters.

It features the image of a fallen North Dakota soldier under its hood.

This 1970 Torino GT sticks out from the rest because of its personalized memorial under the hood.

The vehicle's owner says he came up with the idea in 2011 after being fed up with too much negativity and not enough support toward the military.

He hired someone to hand paint the image which they did after speaking to the family of the fallen soldier.

The vehicle's owner, Dana Peterson says he's a friend of the family, and wants everyone that sees the message on the hood to never forget.

 "I have people stop by that served with him, it touches them, brings back memories, I'm hoping good, it's just a sign of what the families have to give up."

 "Like I said it's from my heart, to honor the people and that's all I can really say about it." says Dana Peterson.

He says he will next show the car at an event at the Minot Air Force Base in September.

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