Car enthusiasts from all over the Central Valley came to Dos Palos for the annual Hot Summer Nights Car Show, which is hosted by the Dos Palos Lions Club.
The June 10th show featured a variety of vintage and muscle cars and trucks that lined the streets of downtown Dos Palos. And for once, Mother Nature cooperated, with unseasonably cool temperatures in the low 80s.
“The weather was the best we’ve ever had as far as I can remember,” said Kevin Laurenco of the Lions Club.
He did remark that the car count was down a bit from previous years, noting that the local show has to compete against the big American Graffiti Show in Modesto.
“The American Graffiti show always hurts us a bit. I thought we would have over 100 cars because of the weather. But what we lost in quantity, we really made up for in quality. There were some really beautiful cars and trucks in town.”
The Best of Show Award went to Scott Crist of Los Banos, who entered his 1968 Chevy K10. The Best Interior Award went to a 1935 Chevrolet Master Sedan owned by Dan Franks of Merced. The People’s Choice Award was won by Paulette Lorenzetti of Firebaugh, who entered a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air on behalf of her late husband, Ron.
The Under Construction category was won by Jeff Troost of Chowchilla with 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. The Biggest Car Club in attendance was the Valley Vintage Car Club out of Merced.
Other winners on the day include:
Stock 1933-74-Darrel Beach, Chowchilla, 1966 Dodge Polara
2nd: Dennis Areias 1968 Chevrolet Impala
Street Rod-David Farmer, El Nido, 1932 Ford 5 Window
2nd: Lonnie Albrecht 1934 Ford 3 Window
Sportscar-Debbie Clendenin, Merced, 2019 Corvette Z06
2nd Tom Rebello 2008 Cadillac XLR
Resto Mod-Larry Brinkley, Fresno, 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
2nd: Johnny Troost 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Antique 1949 & older-Marion Santos, Los Banos, 1940 Lincoln Zephyr
2nd: Darrell Arena 1948 Ford Deluxe
Stock 1975 & Newer-Tyler McClellon, Dos Palos, Dodge Challenger 392 Widebody
2nd: Fabian Ortiz 2019 Dodge Charger Scatpak
Muscle 1965-72-Hunter Hogue, Dos Palos, 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
2nd: Eddie Vogel 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS
Classic 1950-64-Jill Scoto, Atwater, 1955 Ford T-Bird
2nd: Diane Lynn 1955 Chevrolet 210
Custom-Neil McGuffin, Atwater, 1963 Chevy Impala SS
2nd: Julio Cordon 1964 Chevy Impala
Trucks 1972 & Older-Richard Rentfrew, Atwater, 1953 Ford F100
2nd: Joe Brum 1952 Chevrolet Truck
Trucks 1973 & Newer-Corbin Ferreira, Kerman, 1979 Ford F150
2nd: Franklin Azevedo 2015 Chevrolet Duramax
Under Construction-Jeff Troost, Chowchilla, 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
2nd: Joseph Fregoso 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500