GOESSEL — This time of year, Jerry Toews of Goessel sounds a lot like a used car salesman.
Because in a lot of ways, he is. Toews collects cars, trucks and tractors to be sold at the annual Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale in Hutchinson. He can't help himself, as the more each vehicle sells for the more money gets donated to MCC.
This year there are 18 vehicles on the block — including a 1991 Cadillac.
"(It has) only 66,000 miles," Toews wrote in an email. "A 92-year-old man donated from Inman area. He says he and wife only drove this to church if the weather was nice, never on a gravel road. Very clean."
There's the used car salesman, minus the old sports jacket and loud tie.
Toews makes sure those vehicles are in running condition and look good enough for people to make a bid. The donated tractors and cars usually are vehicles that have had some restoration work done, but may have also been sitting for a few years.
This year the sale will be April 13 and 14 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Toews, a retired teacher, has been fixing up vehicles for the sale for more than a decade. During that time he has been given the keys to a 1928 Chevrolet Coupe with just 43,000 miles, a 1950 Studebaker and other classics.
This year the sale collection includes a fully restored 1953 MG kit on a Volkswagen chassis, a 1965 farm truck and a classic 1950 Minneapolis Moline tractor.
The tractor was donated by the Randy Miller estate rural of Newton.
"Randy bought this tractor about 15 years ago at the MCC Sale," Toews wrote. "He died and wanted it to be donated back to sale after he passed away. Fairly scarce and rare tractor."
Not every vehicle is an antique, or a classic. But they all will be sold to raise funds for international relief work by MCC.
The 2018 roster includes: a 1965 Chevy 60 farm truck; a 1988 Chevy S-10 pickup; a 1968 Ford pickup; a 1957 Ferguson TO-35; a 1960 Oliver Industrial loader tractor; a 1945 Massey-Harris 101 Senior (rare); a 1988 Bronco 4 x 4; a 1947 IHC H; a 1950 Minneapolis R; a 1949 John Deere B; a 1991 Cadillac; a 1995 Honda Helix; a 1948 8N Ford; John Deere L111; a John Deere 110; a John Deere L150; and a 1952 MG Roadster.