A garage treasure

When CNS photographer Bob Roller and I paid a visit to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fayette, Iowa, as part of a trip to the Midwest for a CNS series on rural America, Father Jim Brokman, pastor, took us on a tour of the parish grounds. He didn’t really expect we’d want to see the inside of his garage.

He noted that when he took over as pastor of the parish, in the Dubuque Archdiocese, the garage was too cluttered for his liking. Inside there was indeed a bit of clutter, including some Christmas decoratons — and a bronze 1966 Dodge Charger in impossibly perfect condition.

The car isn’t Father Brokman’s, nor does it belong to the parish. Fayette hosts a classic-car fair each summer, and one of the regular participants rents space in the garage to store his Charger. Even in a dark garage, this bronze beauty shone.

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