More than 100 classics at Sept. 12 Kiwanis car show

With more than 100 vehicles in 20 categories, the Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis Club’s 13th Annual Run for the Gold Classic Car Show will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Oakhurst Community Park, with a 7 p.m. kick-off dinner the night before at the Oakhurst Community Center.

All proceeds from the event go to Mountain Area elementary schools in the form of grants that teachers apply for. Over the past 12 years, the event has provided more than $100,000 to area schools.

Vehicle categories include stock cars, stock trucks, muscle cars, street rods, imports, model Ts, Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, and Firebirds. Chevy trucks are being honored this year as the show’s ‘featured’ vehicle, and a special award will be presented to the owner of the Best Chevy Truck.

One of those ‘featured” trucks, a 1948 F-1 Ford pick-up, is proudly owned by Bud and Sharon Cox of North Fork. The couple has owned the custom truck, powered by a Chevy 283 V8 engine, for nine years after purchasing the truck in Madera.

The truck has a turbo-hydro 350 transmission with a positive traction rear-in. The interior, complete with bucket seats, is done in leatherette diamond-tufted.

The couple are members of the Road Rattlers of Oakhurst auto club, and Bud drives the truck every day.

“We enjoy driving around in the truck,” Bud said. “Back then it was a popular truck on farms. A lot of people who see it tell me ‘my dad had a truck like that.’ It brings back a lot of sweet memories for many people.”

In addition to Mountain Area entries, car enthusiasts from San Jose, Brentwood, Sacramento, Hanford, and Fresno are bringing their custom and restored cars to the show.

Back to community park

After a seven year absence, the show is returning to the Oakhurst Community Park from the Oakhurst Community Center.

New this year is a “Car Show Preview,” 3:30 - 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, featuring a cruise down Highway 41, and open houses at Redman’s Machine Shop and Idea Print Works on Enterprise Road, and at Gallery Row on Highway 41, before the annual kick-off dinner. The 5:30 p.m. barbecue chicken will be served with rice pilaf, green beans, tossed green salad, and ‘motor oil’ ice cream for dessert, while ‘oldies’ music plays in the background.

“We encourage members of the community to attend the Friday barbecue to support Kiwanis and area schools,”Bob Spinelli, event chairman said. “Many of the cars from Saturday’s show will be on display, and the Yosemite High School band, under the direction of Franciso Marquez, will perform 5:30 - 6:15 p.m., before they head to the school’s first home football of the year.”

Dinner tickets cost $15, and can be purchased in advance at or at the door the night of the dinner.

The show concludes with an awards presentation at 2 p.m, including the best vehicles in each category, and special awards including best of show, best club participation, best engine, best interior, best paint job, best hot-rod/roadster, and the coveted ‘people’s choice’ award. Many of the awards are sponsored by area merchants.

Spinelli encourages families to make Sept. 12 a fun day starting with Kiwanis pancakes and breakfast burritos by Robert’s Frosty, 7 - 10 a.m., at the community park, followed by the car show.

“If you and your family enjoy beautiful classic and custom cars and trucks, you don’t want to miss this event,” Spinelli said. “It’s a great way to spend part of the day while helping raise money for our schools and children.”

Entry fee to have a vehicle in the show is $35 which includes a custom T-shirt, a ‘dash’ plaque, and goodie bag. There is no entry fee to see the vehicles.

Gold sponsors of the event are Sierra Tel, Fresno Lexus, and Donaghy Sales (Central Valley Anheyser-Busch distributor). Silver sponsors are Bargin Market Grocery Outlet, Coarsegold Car Care, Redman’s Machine Shop, Yosemite Bank, and the Sierra Star.

Details: Bob Spinelli, (559) 683-4452, (559) 760-4936,