Cougars, Mustangs and more at Lions Club Pioneer Classic Car Show |

Cougars, Mustangs and more at Lions Club Pioneer Classic Car Show

Looking for a local car show to visit soon? One’s happening July 17 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City, and the names of animals are everywhere.

About 100 cars are expected, say the organizers: from classics to customs to rods, domestic and foreign, from several car clubs, and all pre- 1973. They’ll all be displayed fetchingly on the lawn amidst cedars and pine trees.

Three cars that will be part of this show are a husband and wife’s Mustangs and a sister and brother’s shared Riviera.

The Lambs, Barbara and Bob, are real Mustang lovers, as well as being members of the Cousin Jack Lions Club. In fact, they have three of them, including the prize-winning 1965 and 1967 models that will be in the show. The 1965 deluxe hardtop is one of only 22,000 made, said Barbara, whose car it is.

She’s always eager to show off the car (worth six times what they paid for it after an extensive restoration), which was just finished with the addition of a rally pack, 8-track tape deck, and a serious redo wooden steering wheel, “an unusual thing to find nowadays (in a Mustang),” she says. The coupe de grace is a cartoon on the back, one that complements her license plate: “Lady Ewe.”

Bob’s 1967 GTA fastback often wins first prize in stock, amazing considering it’s also a driver that really gets driven, like across the U.S. four times and to Canada three times.

The couple has totally lost track of how many miles they’ve put on this car in the 20 years they’ve had it. Now it’s more like a family member than just a car. Even so, Barbara expects her “Lady Ewe” to beat it. After all, she says, “I beat our other two cars last year. I took the pony class of Firebirds, Camaros, Cougars and Mustangs.” Yet more animals.

Doug Wight and his sister, Diana Beer, will be showing their sleek black 1963 Buick Riviera, which is all restored except for air conditioning.

Has it ever won? “It’s come very close,” says Beer, “but the category of performance era (muscle) cars is very, very popular, and competition is rough. Of course, there’s always that hope.”

Speaking about awards, in each category – and there are many – a first- and second-place plaque is awarded. Special awards are conferred to Best Paint and Best of Show, which are voted on by the car show entrants, and the People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the public.

In her other role as immediate past president of the Nevada City chapter of the Lions Club, Beer pushes the car show by saying, “To quote real estate people, it’s location, location, location.

Since a lot of shows are on pavement that’s hot in the summer, being on grass has a cooling effect. (Pioneer Park) is a pleasant place to visit, and it’s also a nice opportunity for people to see where their money is going.”

Not only that, but food will be available to buy, including breakfast for early arrivals, and music from the 1950s and 1960s will set the mood.

What is a Lions Club? Says Wight, “It’s the world’s largest service organization with thousands of clubs across the globe, and it started in 1927.”

His group of about 26 members who meet twice a month is the Nevada City Lions. And, yes, they call each other Lion so and so, says his sister, but only in the context of club activities.

A really great thing about these shows is that they raise funds for good causes. This one, for example, supports Pioneer Park.

In the past, money has funded a commercial stove and oven for Seaman Lodge and a complete redo of the kids’ playground, a dream of Lion member Verne Taylor , who started this car show six years ago for that purpose with help from the Roamin Angles Car Club.

According to Wight, the Lions Club will add proceeds from this show to its current park project, a basketball court valued at $15,000. “This will bring us half way to what we need to finish it.”


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


WHAT: Lion Clubs Pioneer Classic Car Show

WHEN: Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Pioneer Park, Nevada City.

ADMISSION: Free for the public. For exhibitors, $15 per car prior to July 10; $20 thereafter, at the gate.

INFORMATION: Contact Doug Wight or Dianna Beer at (530) 477-0134 or at ladydi382000@

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