Record crowds attended the July 2 Veterans Car Show at the Coarsegold Historic Village featuring classic and custom cars, many of which came from as far as Bakersfield, Modesto and Paso Robles.
One of the many unique highlights of the car show, whose proceeds benefit American Legion Post 110, Amvets Post 99, Central Valley Honor Flight and Caring Veterans of America, was the opening ceremony with veterans presenting the flag and the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The rock band “Ace and Roxie” performed during the event.
More than 30 class trophies were presented at the end of the day, along with awards for best engine, best interior and best paint. Vulcan Materials sponsored awards for the Top 10 Cars in the Show and the Summit Racing sponsored Kid’s Choice Carved Bears.
Mountain Area winners included Ed Carlton (Best Custom - 1950 Chevrolet), Tom Krebs (Most Unusual - 1953 Willys), Gary Gooch (Best Sportscar - 1956 Austin Healey), John Coombs (Replica for Best Racecar - Lola T70), and the Club Participation award went to the Mountain Area group, the Road Rattlers.
Mountain Area winners of the Vulcan awards went to the above mentioned Coombs, Rich Garcia (1947 Chevrolet), Aaron Hoffschneider (Pinzgauer Military Vehicle), and Al Gillespie (1937
The Summit Racing sponsored Kid’s Choice carved bears went to Don Melcher (1960 Buick), Gary Nolan (2007 Corvette), Bill Geers (1956 Oldsmobile), Ron Stockall (1986 Jaguar), Stephen Varner (1957 Triumph), and Richard Wendt (1936 Ford).
American Legion Post 110 sold hot dogs and Caring Veterans of America sold root beer floats.
The event was sponsored by the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce, Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, Sierra Telephone, Vulcan Materials, Coarsegold Car Care, Body’s By Boyd, Sullivan's Tire Pros and J. Carol Realty.
“The show could not have happened without the tremendous support of our sponsors, local businesses and the outstanding chamber board of directors,” said Dave Wolin, chairman of the event.