Car community gathers to give

By Paul Hinkle

One of our favorite car shows of the year takes place in Clovis. For the 10th year, Clovis First Assembly of God Church, located at the corner of Barstow and Sunnyside, held their annual car show. Cars, trucks and motorcycles gathered on the lawn and in the parking lot with one common goal: to strengthen our community and share each other’s hard work and passion. The participants of this event understood the importance of this fundraiser and helped make it a success. Most of the participants at this event have been coming to this show since it’s beginning and are looking forward to returning next year to kick off the car show season.

It is the churches largest and main fundraising event for the year, raising proceeds for the Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry. The proceeds from this event and others make it possible to distribute food each month to the needy working poor and elderly within our local community. Also, each year they give the kids backpacks filled with school supplies to start off the new school year.

If you arrived early in the morning, coffee and doughnuts were available to start your day. If you missed breakfast, later in the day you could grab a tri-tip sandwich, Mexican food or the kid favorites, hot dogs and popcorn. Again, this year Byron and Michael Brantley donated all the food for the BBQ and the money generated was also given to the Ministry. Everyone was entertained by great sounds from the “One Touch Band.”

Since its beginning 10 years ago, Pat Reed has been the go to person that makes this show happen and run smoothly. This was Pat’s last show as event director as she is stepping down and letting someone else handle the job. The new director has some big shoe’s to fill. Everyone would like to thank Pat for all her hard work and dedication to this event.

Event Winners:

Cars
Best in Show…Herb & Pat Helger 1956 Chevy Bel Air
Best in Custom…Bill Akers 1951 Ford Coupe
Best in Stock…Rich Calzada 1956 Ford Sunliner

Trucks
Best in Show…Stan Ripley 1953 Ford F-100
Best in Custom…Stan Ripley 1953 Ford F-100
Best in Stock…Joe Zavola 1956 XXX 3100

Motorcycles
Best in Show…William Johnson 1993 HD Soft Tail
Best in Custom…Fravis Redmond Yamaha 2006

Best in Stock
Jim Short 2013 HD Street Glider

Roadster
Tony Espinoza 1930 Ford

Model A
Dale Gillespie 1931 Ford Coupe

Director’s Choice Car
Arturo Hernandez 1961 Cadillac Convertible

Director’s Choice Truck
Frankie Vasquez 1967 Chevy El Camino

Director’s Choice Motorcycle
Jim Short 2013 HD Street Glider

UPCOMING EVENTS:
April 24 – 22nd Annual Madera VW Spring Fling
April 29- May 1 – Western Street Rod Nationals Bakersfield
April 30 – Central Valley Classic Car Show
Pan Draggers Classic Car Show
May 1 – Sunday Spring Classic Car Show
May 6 – Rods on the Bluff
May 7 – Mountain Valley Community Church Show & Shine Car Show
May 14 – Jefferson Elementary 6th Annual Car Show
May 21 – Clovis Park in the Park

If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event we are always looking for interesting cars, people and events to share. You can reach Paul Hinkle at clovisparkinthepark@gmail.com or call (559) 970-2274 or Eric Hinkle at ehinkle11@gmail.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter@clovisparknpark and on Instagram@clovisparkinthepark.

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