Roamin Angels Car Show gets bigger, better every year
Almost 600 of the finest American automotive genre, consisting of street rods, classic and modified cars and trucks and race cars, drew well more than 6,000 people to the 5th Annual Roamin Angels Car Show over the past weekend.
With 64 awards and trophies up for grabs, car and truck owners were drawn from hundreds of miles away to compete. The chrome was so brilliant in the bright sunlight that sunglasses were de rigueur. Multi-colored flames laced down the sides and hoods of T-buckets and ’30s Ford hot rods in a riot of hues and tones. Amongst the muscle cars were a rare Hemi Plymouth Roadrunner and a 427 cid A.C. Cobra.
Choosing winners from this pantheon of automotive art was a Herculean task.
Notable among the awards were the Best of Show, the People’s Choice, the President’s Pick, the Hot Rod of the Year and Youth Award. The Best of Show went to Barry Johnston’s smokin’ 1967 Camaro, white with red racing stripes that has an injected, supercharged small-block Chevy engine. The People’s Choice was garnered by Dave and Lisa Baker’s chopped and channeled metallic-gold 1950 Mercury cruiser that sports. Pat Miranda’s immaculately stock-looking white ’49 Cad won the President’s Pick. With wide white-wall tires, only a little pinstriping betrays a few internal improvements such as a modern Chevy 350 cid engine and newer front suspension. Hot Rod of the Year was grabbed by Dennis McGregor’s orange fireball of a ’41 Willys street rod on a custom frame with monster hood scoop to indicate its powerful supercharged big-block Chevy engine inside.
Of special note is 16-year-old Alex Anderson of Grass Valley, who won the Youth Award with his stock turquoise blue ’67 Mustang. Alex is a local high school senior who did all the work on this beautiful car himself. The Union newspaper got into the spirit of the show, awarding a Hot-off-the-Press award to Joe and Sandee Shoemaker for their classic, green ’47 Ford panel delivery truck. It would make a great truck for delivering the local paper in style.
As well as entries by individuals, the show drew 11 car clubs from all over the state, including the P-Town Pushrods, the Jokers, and the Danville Dukes, whose president was there in top hat to accept his trophy for having the most club cars there.
Thousands of dollars came into the Roamin Angels charitable funds account from the show. All profit goes to the community. This last year the Nevada Union High School Band, Nevada Union High School Girls’ Softball Team, Friends of Hospice, Animal Save, Kare Crisis Nursery, Sierra Service for the Blind, Child Advocates of Nevada County, Kiwanas of the Gold Country, Living Well Center, Mount St. Mary’s School, Starz Gymnastics, Nevada City Lions, Grass Valley Hosts Lions, Gold Country Lions, a number of community services sponsored by the Salvation Army, and the Grass Valley Soroptomists received funds from the Roamin Angels.
While many items were raffled off during the show to raise more funds, one item stood out and was a separate raffle in itself. It was a Chevy ZZ4 high-performance engine provided by Weaver Automotive. This money goes to scholarships for local students.
With beautiful cars, plentiful vendors, and a lively Saturday night party, the consensus of those who attended was that the show was “a blast.” Plans are already on the way for next year. If the past tells anything about the future, expect the show to be bigger and better than ever.
The next community event for the Roamin Angels is its annual toy drive in December.
Ron Cherry deals with publicity in his capacity as a member of the Roamin Angels.
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