Solvang Wheels ‘N Windmills Car Show

Don WagnerBy Paul Hinkle | Contributed

A group of local rodders drove to Solvang to be a part of the 12th Annual Solvang Wheels ‘N Windmills Car Show, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 27. The streets of this Swedish Village are filled with unique shops and great places to eat. Leave your diet at home as you will surely give in to temptation after seeing all the bakeries with their endless selection of pastries.

Prior to the car show on Friday night, there was a BBQ at the Mendenhall Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana. Walking through the many buildings at this museum, you felt as though you had stepped back in time. This museum is devoted to all things automotive with the most comprehensive petroliana collection that you will ever see.

This car show originally was started in 1998 as the Avenue of Flags Car show in Buellton. They grew out of the location and moved to downtown Solvang where the show has been held for the past 12 years.

“From the beginning we wanted the show to benefit charities,” said Bob Stokes, president of ‘Wheels ‘N Windmills’ nonprofit.

This year their focus was on Buellton Senior Center and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue. A raffle is held each year for a new hot rod motor with monies from the raffle donated to local high school auto shops (Santa Ynez, Santa Maria and Lompoc). This non-profit also gives to one national charity, Progeria Foundation for Rapid Aging Disorder in Children. They have gave over $250,000 to charities over the past 12 years.

TonyThis is one of the most organized shows you will find from beginning to end. With a staff of over 50 people and the help of many local high school students, you were directed quickly through the streets to your assigned parking space. Everyone was pleasant and accommodating. It was estimated that well over 15,000 spectators and car enthusiasts filled the streets of Solvang for this event.

With over 300 cars entered in 35 classes, four local hot rodders from Clovis and Fresno were proud to take home six major awards:

Best of Class Modified Truck to 1949: Tony & Marcia Gutierrez, 1941 Ford Pickup from Fresno

Best of Class Pro-Street/Street Legal Race: Don Wagner, 1965 Chevy Chevelle from Clovis

Ray McClelland Choice Award: Don Wagner, 1965 Chevy Chevelle from Clovis

Award of Excellence Modified Truck to 1949: Paul Hinkle, 1948 Thames from Clovis

Gary Horn Memorial Award: Paul Hinkle, 1948 Thames from Clovis

Best of Class Stock 1960–1967 GM: Ron & Willa Berglund, 1965 Pontiac 2+2 from Fresno


Sept. 9

Clovis Farmers Market (Call Paul Hinkle 970-2274)

Clovis Missionary Baptist Church Car Gathering

Sept. 10

Kiwanis 14th Annual Run For The Gold Car Show

Summer Send Off Car & Motorcycle Show

The 2nd Annual Car Show West Hills College

Sept. 11

The VFW 6th Annual Car Show Biola

Sept. 16

Clovis Missionary Baptist Church Car Gathering

Sept. 24

7th Annual Thru the Decades Car Truck & Bike Show

The Chowchilla Chamber Classic & Custom Car Show

Sept. 25

OLPH 6th Annual Car Show Clovis

British Car Roundup Clovis

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