Annual Roamin Angels car show coming up |

Annual Roamin Angels car show coming up

Submitted photoThis photo was taken at the 2003 Roamin Angels Car Show and is representative of what to expect this year. The cars on display will be polished to perfection, including their engines.
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If ogling 800 classic cars, modifieds, and street rods is your thing, then put this on your calendar: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. It’s the fifth annual Roamin Angels car show, and it’s the best thing to happen for car buffs this side of Reno.

Here are some of the cars a club’s spokesperson says you can expect to see: a traditional white chopped and channeled (lowered roofline and frame) Deuce five window coupe (’32 Ford) street rod with a souped up 327 cid Chevy sporting lots of chrome ” a car that the Beach Boys made famous in their song “Little Deuce Coupe.”

Or a “his and hers” pair of trophy winners ” Ruth Compton’s jet-black ’40 Ford five window coupe with a blown 355 cid small block Chevy engine with its 20 trophies, including the prestigious Best Pro Stock from the Sacramento Autorama, the Hottest Hot Rod from the God Guys show and the wild Bad-Ass Award from Loomis; and Tom Compton’s candy-apple red ’46 Buick with a blown 454 cid big block Chevy, which has won 32 trophies, including the notable Sam Barris Award, the Silver Cup from the Seattle Autorama, and the Gene Winfield Award from the Portland show.

If speed is your thing, how about an AA Gas ’33 Willys with a beefy Chrysler Hemi engine topped by a blower (supercharger). It should be noted that to be in the AA Gas class, the racer must make the quarter mile in at least 7.60 seconds, reaching a top speed of at least 175 mph. Not a Sunday drive in the park, that.

Because there are so many entries, there truly will be something for all tastes, assures Ron Cherry, club scholarship chairman and board member. Stately classics from the ’20s through the ’40s; trucks from the Model A Fords to the Rancheros of the ’60s; those growling muscle cars with their gleaming performance engines; and, of course, the ubiquitous Chevy’s from the ’50s.

There might even be an elite Gullwing among the pack. From fast to slow, extraordinarily expensive to just expensive, very rare to fairly commonplace, stock to street rod ” it’ll be there. And since the show expects to attract about 300 more cars than last year, lots of cars new to the show will be on display.

Families have lots to do at the show. Shopping for one. Vendors will supply not only car things like tools, but also crafts, including clothing (how about that commemorative T-shirt?), jewelry, sculpture, and stained glass.

Treat Street will be in full swing, of course. Care wise, you can buy anything from parts to a whole car, or even raffle tickets. The Grand-Daddy raffle is for the $4,000 ZZ4 high performance Chevrolet engine, proceeds from which fund scholarships for local students entering an automotive-related field of study.

You might get your kid interested in the special display of 500 car models, “not the glue-smeared plastic monstrosities so many of us built as kids,” says Cherry, “but miniature works of art, with painting and detail worthy of oohing and aahing.”

The evening show on Saturday promises to take you back in memory big time. Elvis will be there with Cher, Tina Turner and Diana Ross, all in the form of professional impersonators who have performed in Las Vegas and on MTV. Rockers Mad Dash will be playing their hearts out, and dancing is strongly encouraged.

“Although organizing this show has been a challenge,” says Dave Lester, co-chair of the show, “knowing that Roamin Angels will be hosting the biggest and best car show ever to hit Nevada County and that by doing so we will be raising thousands to help the local community makes it all worthwhile.”

Pam Jung writes about classic cars for The Union. She can be reached at 265-8064. She welcomes suggestions for stories.


The gates open at 8 a.m. on both days, closing at 10 p.m. on Saturday; at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Parking is free. Adults $4; kids under 12 free.

Saturday includes a pancake breakfast cooked by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department; a patriotic program in memory of 9/11 by the Nevada Union High School Band; a “Cruise of Champions” ” a chance to see the cars in action, strutting their stuff as they complete for $1,500 in prize money; and starting at 6:30 p.m., a dance and concert.

Sunday includes the awards presentations in 64 categories

For more information, visit the Web site ; or call 432-8449.

Entries of pre-’72 American cars will be accepted as late as the Saturday morning of the show before 8:00 a.m. for a $45 entry fee.

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