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Hundreds of vehicles turn out to annual University Avenue Car Show


More than 500 vehicles turned out to the 7th annual University Avenue Cruise in Waterloo Sunday night.

From fine-tuned classics to modern day muscle cars, dozens of vehicles rolled up and down University Avenue from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., giving spectators and car enthusiasts something to admire.

But for two Oelwein girls, Sunday night was more than a car show.

For the second year in a row, the Manus sisters got to pick out the winning car.

It was a tough job, according to 10-year old Payton Manus.

"There's still cars coming in, and my mom says we can't stay until 10 and that's when it's on until, so it's hard 'cause we can't see all of them," she said.

Payton and her 6-year old sister Rylee chose Randal Robinson's 1954 Chevy as the winning car.

Robinson received a large trophy that he said will be displayed in his living room.

"I never even thought -- didn't cross my mind at all that they would have chose my car," said Robinson.

The Manus family said Sunday was an opportunity for 6-year old Rylee, who has brittle bone disease, to have fun despite limitations from being in a wheelchair.

"It's more than a car show. It really is," said the girls' mom, Teresa Manus.

"They are experiencing something that not every child gets to experience, but she doesn't get to experience what most children get to experience," she said.

Organizers hope the cruise reminds others they can have fun regardless of any disability.

They plan on allowing the Manus sisters to choose the winner in future years.

"They can do it as long as they'd like," said organizer Jim Koch.

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