Unique Car Show

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By Paul Hinkle | Contributed

Riverpark Bible Church held its second annual auto show on Saturday, July 22. This car show is an excellent example of a successful free event. There were activities for kids of all ages, including a bounce house inside the recreation room (out of the heat) and a go kart track outside.

This event sets itself apart from your typical car show. Your standard classes were replaced with generic categories that could be judged by the kids, they were excited about their involvement in judging the winners and had a lot of fun. Awards were given in the way of T-shirts, gift cards, car washes, etc. There were also a few awards of greater value that were raffled off to participants. The purpose of this show was to promote outreach to the community, and was supported by many volunteers and local businesses that donated their time and some of the prizes.  This show is a fun family experience!

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Event Award Winners:

Favorite Paint Job – Andy Anderson, 1957 Ford Thunderbird

Favorite Wheels – Ernie Holman, 1946 Chevrolet Pickup

Favorite Interior – Steve Martin, 1966 Ford Mustang

Favorite Grill/Front End – Richard Klippenstein, 1946 Chevrolet Stylemaster

Favorite Tail Lights/Backend – John Shehadey, 1959 Chevrolet Corvette

Favorite Gear Shift Lever – Frankie Silva, 1934 Ford Roadster

Favorite Steering Wheel/Handle Bars – Bert Kirkman, 1923 Ford T-Bucket

Favorite Hot Rod – Marsh Runyon, 1929 Bonneville Roadster

Favorite Sports Car – Bill Lebda, 2017 Dodge Viper ACR

Favorite Muscle Car – Brad Bosworth, 1926 Ford T-Bucket

Favorite Classic Car – Patrick Garrahan, 1934 Ford Coupe

Favorite Truck/SUV – Ken Nikkel, 1955 Ford Truck

Favorite Motorcycle – J.R. Huffman, 1942 Harley Flathead

Favorite Foreign Vehicle – Paul Hinkle, 1948 Thames Panel

Favorite Luxury Vehicle – LeeAnn & Mark Strausburg, 2005 Cadillac XLR

Favorite License Plate – Laurie Morgenthal, 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII

Favorite Vehicle With Accessories – Ted Rocha, 1948 Ford F1

Favorite Factory Original – Norman Bitter, 1910 Warren Detroit

Most Unique – Larry Powell, California Roadster Golf Cart

Most Versatile – Jerry Unruh, 1947 Toyota Land Cruise

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Upcoming Events:

August 11: Dickey’s Hot Rod & Classic Car Gathering

August 19: Clovis Park in the Park

August 19-20: Feed the Bug. Madera

August 20: Turlock Swap

August 25-27: Goodguys 31st West Coast Nationals. Pleasanton

August 26: Wheels ‘N Windmills Car Show, Solvang

September 1-2: Golden State Classic Car Show, Paso Robles

September 3: Pinedorado Car Show, Cambria

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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