AU­TUMN CRUISE . . .

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Num­bers were down slightly – with just a hand­ful un­der 300 cars on dis­play – but the 24th edi­tion of the Escalon Lions Club Au­tumn Cruise nonethe­less went off well on Satur­day, Sept. 9.

The weather was the best it has been in the past few years, with sunny skies, mod­er­ate tem­per­a­tures – they didn’t reach triple dig­its – and a light breeze. Visi­tors and clas­sic car own­ers jammed the city’s Main Street Park for the event.

Tracy res­i­dent John Phillips, who had his 1966 Pon­tiac GTO on dis­play, was pleased with the show.

“I’ve never come to this show be­fore, it’s my first time here but I have done five or six other shows ... this is the best one,” Phillips said. “I like the at­mos­phere, the venue, the shade. I’ll be back next year.”

His ve­hi­cle was set up next to Greg Benes of Modesto, who had his 1967 Ca­maro on dis­play.

“My neigh­bor told me about this show and I think it’s very nice,” Benes said.

There were more makes and mod­els on dis­play than you could count … rows and rows of clas­sic, most shined to a pol­ished per­fec­tion, draw­ing ad­mir­ers and giv­ing auto en­thu­si­asts plenty to talk about dur­ing the course of the day.

Kathy Briggs of Escalon at­tended with her hus­band Pa­trick. She was stay­ing with their 1968 Chevy Corvette on dis­play while he went to look at some of the other en­tries.

“The weather is awe­some to­day,” Kathy said. “I get to bring some­thing to read and my com­puter to get some work done. He en­joys the show; we have to sup­port each other, we’ve been mar­ried for 30 years. We’ve been to shows in Modesto, Cop­per­opo­lis.”

There were also plenty of raf­fle prizes to take a chance on, the Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms had a booth there with in­for­ma­tion. They meet at 6 p.m. the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month at Moun­tain Mikes in Escalon – the next meet­ing will be Sept. 14 – and are get­ting pack­ages to­gether to send to troops over­seas.

The Lions Club served up lunch, there were cool treats avail­able, a trea­sure chest for those that wanted to pur­chase keys to take a chance on win­ning a prize, while DJ Gene Adams pro­vided the mu­sic and com­men­tary.

Co-or­ga­nizer John Salvin said while they fell a lit­tle short on par­tic­i­pants from last year, he was still pleased with the over­all show and said the event was well-at­tended and those that came seemed to en­joy them­selves.

“It was a good show,” he said.

Pro­ceeds from the an­nual car show ben­e­fit Escalon High School schol­ar­ships for grad­u­at­ing se­niors.

Many of the visi­tors to the car show love to take a chance at win­ning one of the mul­ti­tude of raf­fle prizes, that por­tion of the event over­seen by Mary­lyn Salvin.

Ron An­dreassen of Val­ley Spring had his 1955 Chevy in pris­tine shape and decked out with a mini ver­sion of it­self on dis­play un­der the hood.

John Phillips of Tracy, right, with a 1966 Pon­tiac GTO, and Greg Benes of Modesto with a 1967 Ca­maro, talk some shop at Satur­day’s an­nual Lions Club Au­tumn Cruise.

TIMES PHOTOS BY MARG JACKSON

Sib­lings Natasha, back to the cam­era at left, Hunter and Alivia Mitchell all en­joyed adding their own fla­vors to their icee treats, per­fect for cool­ing off as they toured the car show with mom Carolyn on Satur­day.

Not all the en­tries in Satur­day’s car show were pol­ished and pris­tine; this 1937 Dodge owned by Scott An­der­son of Oak­dale looked its age but is hold­ing up well.

A show­case in pur­ple, this 1930 Ford Road­ster was put in the show by Charles and Bar­bara Bum­gar­ner of Escalon, with the West Coast Kus­toms Car Club.

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