Week 316 - Paso Robles Classic Car Show - 09-02-2012
Paso Robles Classic Car Show
We have had the blessing of being able to travel to 50 states and
five Canadian provinces. Along the way there have been dozens of
community events we have be able to attend: 4th of July parade
, Alaska (home of Sarah Palin); Pueblo CO Chile
and Frijoles Festival
; Renaissance Festival
Junction, Arizona; Car Rally
in Tuscon, Arizona, Cost
(tribute to veterans) Exhibit
Havasu, Arizona to name a few. Car shows are a favorite in hundreds
of cities and Paso Robles, California is no exception.
This three-day event consisted of the Friday Night Cruise, the
Saturday car exhibit and awards and a Sunday BBQ and live music at a
Any event is more fun when you know someone involved. Two of the
entrants were our neighbors at the Atascadero Elks. 1) Bill
Edgington and his wife Willie are spending a few months traveling to
car shows. Bill's car is a highly customized 1949 Mercury. Bill and
Willie travel in their Country Coach Intrigue motorhome. 2) Syl and
Shirley Szucsko travel in their MCI bus conversion and show off
their 1934 Dodge DR Deluxe Business Coupe. Both cars are immaculate.
Those that restore or modify these classic cars will spend from
ten's of thousands to over $100,000 dollars in the process. Bill
said that while the exact cost is unknown, after a while you just
throw away the receipts and enjoy your passion.
Hundreds of cars participated in this event. We took a plethora of
photos to bring you some of the highlights. On Cruise Night we
captured this 1958 Corvette
. Pete was particularly fond of
this 1955 Chevrolet 210 Sedan
. This is exact color and car
that he owned for 12 years. Pete's was completely stock. This one
is close with the exception of the grill, hubcaps and removal of the
really cool "bird" hood ornament. Note: In these photo captions bold
descriptions are accurate
while guesses are in regular
Bill and Willie cruising in the 49 Merc
. The body work on
this car is extensive. While the basic shape is original, Bill had
all non-movable panels welded together. And the original
square-cornered junctions were beautifully rounded, such as the
curve you see where the hood meets the windshield.
1949 Chevy Panel Van
7 Model T
and 1955 Chevrolet Corvette
7 Dodge Panel Truck
and a 19
the Heck is This?
Syl with Shirley taking a photo of Pete shooting them! This 1934
Dodge DR Deluxe body has been restored to original condition. The
engine and running gear (like most of these classic cars) are from
much newer cars and perhaps not even the same brand.
1949 Ford Coupe
and a highly modified 194
and a array of classics parked at the iconic Paso
On Saturday the cars were parked on the lawn at the Paso Robles
downtown park. The cars were grouped by categories. The Corvair
Corsa was created in 1965 and built until 1969. It was the only
Corvair at the show.
Ford Convertible. "Low riders take notice", this 196
Chevy truck is sitting on
the grass. You can only hope that
the air bags inflate when it is time to go home.
Frank admires this car on Mustang Alley. The 194
x Fords are
looking like crocodiles ready to bite.
This 1929 Ford Convertible
had a matching trailer loaded
with surfboards ready to go to beach. This stripped down 1932
is ready to race.
The body of this 196
8 Camaro looks stock on the
outside. Under the hood, the engine block is black metal but every
other part has been chromed!
x Fords lined the sidewalk facing off this, well, uh,
the body is from a Model T, the rest is anybody's guess. Henry
would be proud.
Like almost all classics here this 1929 Ford Panel Van
modern engine, chassis and tires.
Every car at this show had to be 1979 or prior, licensed and finished
Sorry Don, no Rat Rods. Almost every car has an engine so clean
that you could eat off it. This is Bill and Willie's 1949 Mercury.
The engine compartment is just as clean and inviting as the car's
interior. This car still has a Mercury engine, a V-8 as it came
Syl and Shirley's 1934 Dodge DR Deluxe likewise is beautiful
throughout. The engine, transmission and running gear have been
upgraded to make it a delightful car to drive. The interior has been
left pretty much original but the paint and finish are a tad bit
flashier than the Dodge factory produced.
Back at Saturdays' show, entrants, spectators and friends await to
hear about the rewards. There were many awards in lots of
categories. We would hate to be judges as a majority of these cars
were beautifully clean with flawless paint and chrome. Somehow the
judges managed to pick their winners.
It is always fun to be "invested" in an event, rooting for someone
you know or have met. So we couldn't be happier when Syl and Shirley
won Best of Show
for their 34DODGE
to you both.
And finally, no classic car show is complete without BanjerDan
who entertained those at the park with his talents and smile. Dan
is a recent resident of Paso Robles having moved here from
Washington D.C. Welcome Dan, we're glad to have you. Dan performs
and offers instruction on the Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin and Dobro. He
can be contacted at
Those in our home area might wonder why we report on things here at
home. Well, we didn't see anyone here except the Nunez's, so where
else will you get this kind of reporting of your local events?
Have wonderful week and be blessed, love, Pete, Ellen and Mandy
Photos from Sep 2012