Changing lanes: Tyler Shipman car show seeks family to help By Nathan Bowe on Feb 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. After eight years, the Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show in Frazee is changing course — money raised will now go to a family with a child that needs help. ... The annual car show and rally is held during the Frazee Turkey Days celebration the last weekend in July (July 28 this year) and the funds will be dispersed right after that, Shipman said. ... Shortly after Tyler was first admitted to the hospital, he wrote a short note on an online message board named Pennock's Fiero Forum, where he talked to fellow Pontiac Fiero car lovers.
"I have an '86 Fiero GT that I've been slowly fixing up. Well now here I sit at the hospital with cancer, and they can't treat it, and not knowing how long I'll be here — they say could be till spring or longer or shorter, they don't know — I'm just trying to find some way to get it restored before I pass. I love this car."
That short, simple message drew an unexpectedly large response.
Over the course of the next few weeks, Tyler's Project gained more and more momentum, as local people and fellow Fiero lovers from all over came forward to help rebuild his car.
"The people who restored Tyler's car, a lot of them come back every year," Shipman said. "But a lot of new people show up every year, too."
The three-acre Shipman residence is about 10 miles east of Frazee on Highway 87, and every year their yard becomes "Camp Shipman," for people in town for the car show, she said. "We do hayrides, bonfires, pig roasts, we have a lot of fun — it's definitely a fun weekend," she said. "These people are Tyler's last gift to us."
There are a lot of car shows to go to; some better than others. This annual gathering is more than a car show, so much more. Regardless of where you live, put Frazee, MN on your list of "Must Attend Events." Figure out a way to get there. Plan ahead, make it happen. You won't be disappointed.
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