PORT COSTA

CAR SHOW & BBQ

Sunday, July 15, 2007

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

THE AUTOMOBILE AS ART

READY FOR PORT COSTA OPENING

Eight decades of automotive art will be on display at the Port Costa School as the third Port Costa Car Show & BBQ gets underway on Sunday, July 15th. The show is a fundraiser for the non-profit Port Costa Conservation Society (PCCS) and its project of restoring the town's Classic Revival 1911 school building. The event is supported with matching funds by the Crockett Community Foundation.

The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delicious Tri-tip barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, vegetarian chili, Mel's Famous Earthquake Cake, ice cold beer, soft drinks, and Classic Coke in the bottle will be sold at the show.  Raffle prizes are noteworthy: Two handmade full-size quilts, a $250 gift certificate at famous Asilomar in Monterey County, ceramic art by Kathy Kearns of Crockett and Clayton Bailey of Port Costa, dinners-for-two at the Bull Valley, Warehouse Cafe and Dead Fish restaurants, two tickets to an Oakland A's game and many more items. Car Show drivers will receive free tickets for a Special Raffle.

Vendors will have specialty items for sale, including handmade jewelry, clothing, vintage Western wear, candy, homemade jams and jellies (Pots to Jars), houseplants and car customizing services.

The show is expected to be a sellout for its approximately 75 spaces. As of July 1, fifty-seven entries have been received. The cars are from all over the Bay Area: Vacaville, Napa, Martinez (12!), Concord, Richmond, Oakland, El Verano, Antioch, Glen Ellen, Pinole, Walnut Creek, Rodeo, San Francisco, Clayton, Oakley, Berkeley, Hercules, Clyde, Crockett and Port Costa. A sampling of entrants include Armand Annereau, Walnut Creek,1956 blue and white Chevy Bel-Air; Jim Nierhake, Martinez, blue 1940 Ford pickup with pearl interior. Jimís wife Yvonne is bringing her bright red 1962 T-Bird sports roadster. Tim and Judy Bulfer of Rodeo are entering their mint-condition 1960 Chevy Impala Bubble Top.

Anne Scheer and Jeff Wilson of Port Costa are bringing a 1954 Triumph TR2; Bill and Barbara Nunn are driving in from Oakley in their yellow 1955 Chevy Nomad. Tom List of Port Costa will bring his 1930 Ford Model A, which he says has "successfully eluded restoration for 77 years." A sampling of some of the entries are shown below.

Drivers receive Goodie Bags, dash plaques,  a Squiggle Pen and free tickets for morning coffee and doughnuts. Three trophies will be awarded: Best in Show by spectator vote, Best in Show by driver vote, and Most Unusual by general vote. A special Gas Pump Award will go the the entrant traveling the longest distance to the show.

As space is limited, entry to the show is by pre-registration only. Spectator entry to the show is free, donations accepted. For questions, please call (510) 787-2254.

STAGE, SCREEN AND TV STAR TO AWARD TROPHIES

Charlotte Stewart, who played the role of Miss Beadle (above) in the long-running TV series, "Little House on the Prairie," will present the winning trophies at the Port Costa Car Show and Barbecue on Sunday, July 15. Charlotte also starred with Kevin Bacon and Reba McEntire in "Tremors," played the role of Mary X in the David Lynch film, "Eraserhead," and appeared as a roller-skating carhop opposite Elvis Presley in "Speedway" among many others.

 

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF RAFFLE PRIZES

 

PLEASE SEE PHOTOS BELOW FOR A SAMPLE OF THE CARS IN THE

2007 PORT COSTA CAR SHOW & BBQ

RARE TRAVELER

Chrysler manufactured a mere handful of its Traveler model in 1948. Consequently, only two are known to exist in California today. Stuart Ryce of Martinez brings his tan-over-brown Chrysler Traveler classic beauty to the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ on Sunday July 15th.

AUTOMOTIVE ART

John and Patti Talley of Martinez found their 1946 Mercury Coupe on the Internet, for sale in Livermore. "We bought it just about like it is now," says John. The purple-flamed beauty features a Mustang 2 front end, 4-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning and a pair of purple fuzzy dice from a Good Guys show. John and Patti have shown their Merc in Reno, Tahoe, Carson City, Nevada and on Sunday, July 15 theyíll be at the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ.

WATCH FOR UNVEILING SOON

Tom List of Port Costa will unveil his 1930 Ford Model A Coupe on Sunday, July 15 at the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ. "It was driven from Oklahoma to California in the late 1950's by a lady named Goldie Hudson," he says. "It has successfully eluded restoration for 77 years. It still has its original finish." Tomís venerable machine, a tribute to one of Americaís most remembered cars, will be joined by dozens of automotive classics on the playground and ball field of the Port Costa School in a benefit to restore the historic 1911 building.

A WORK IN PROGRESS

Even though their 1954 Triumph TR2 hasnít been on the road since 1970, Jeff Wilson of Port Costa and Anne Scheer of Oakland vow it will make it to the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ on Sunday, July 15. "It was a basket case," says Jeff. "I took everything apart and put it back together." "Jeff is doing a great job," says Anne. "Iím good at polishing chrome and providing moral support."

READY FOR THE ROAD

When Bob and Bobby Niven of Concord found their 1963 Chevy Corvette, it wasnít exactly ready for a weekend spin to Tahoe or Carmel. "It was all in pieces," says Bob. "It took me 7 years to get it on the road. Itís all original now, just like it came out of the factory. I did everything but paint it." Bob and Bobby bring their showcase Corvette to the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ on Sunday, July 15.

STRAIT EIGHT

Norm Markus, an engineer with the Crockett Carquinez Fire Department, bought his 1933 Ford pickup as surplus from the Redwood City Fire Department in 1976.  The tan and cream pickup, winner of a Best in Show trophy at the 2005 Port Costa Car Show, features a 350 Chevy engine, 350 transmission, 9-inch Ford rear end, 4-wheel disc power brakes and air conditioning.  The beautifully restored matching teardrop camper trailer may also make it to this year's show.

WHERE WERE YOU IN Ď62?

Yvonne Nierhake of Martinez shows her pristine 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster, still looking as sharp as when it rolled off the Ford assembly line 45 years ago. Her dad bought it for $6,100 at Cortese Ford in Richmond, one of only 1,427 models made in Ď62. Yvonne joins her husband Jim, who will be showing his 1940 Ford pickup, "Forever Blue," at the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ on Sunday, July 15.

FOREVER BLUE

"This truck has been my companion and friend for over 50 years," says Jim Nierhake of Martinez of his 1940 Ford pickup, "Forever Blue." "My dad bought it in 1954 from a farmer who used it to haul 4-H animals to the Cow Palace in San Francisco." Jim has meticulously rebuilt the pickup, installing a 350 Chevy engine and 700R transmission on a TCI rolling chassis.

BENICIA BEAUTY

Bob Ladd of Benicia has owned this 1966 Chevy panel truck for 25 years. "First it was root beer brown, then it was grey for a long time. Finally I decided it had to be painted the brightest red that General Motors had." Bob has also added Lokar automatic transmission, Flowmaster mufflers, fishtail exhaust pipes, chrome Ralley wheels and Bow Tie Chevy hubcaps.

SOLAR POWERED

Retired orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joe Mariotti bought this 1980 Ford Courier pickup at Alameda Naval Air Station, where it was sold as surplus at the Electric Vehicle Museum. Powered by solar panels and 20 6-volt golf cart batteries, the sun-powered vehicle can go 60 miles on a full charge. Dr. Mariotti also provides solar energy for his home in Pinole. "When I leave this planet I hope I leave it a lot better than if I hadnít been here at all," he says.

SMOOTH RIDE

Bill Young of Pinole bought this showroom-condition 1941 Packard two years ago. "The previous owner spent a lot of time on it. All I did was restore the radio and put on new gangster whitewalls," he says. "It gets down the highway O.K." The blue and tan coupe features an original black and gold 1941 license plate.

READY TO ROLL

Sam Stowell of Crockett brings his customized 1950 Ford 2-door V8 to the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ on Sunday, July 15. "Everything has been smoothed out," he says.

MOST ORIGINAL

If there was a prize for Most Original, Tim Bulfer's 1960 Chevy Impala Bubble Top with two-speed Power Glide would be a top contender.  The streamlined 2-door sedan, going on 48 years old, still sports its original upholstery, original sunburn orange paint job -- and original spare tire in the trunk.  Tim is shown with his son Dalton Duncan at home in Rodeo.

WHAT A GASSER

At the last Port Costa Car Show, Mick and Elaine Coyne of Walnut Creek showed their 1930 purple-flamed Ford hot rod. This year theyíre entering their 1941 Willys Coupe, a popular race car in the 1960's. "Itís fast," says Mick of the supercharged vehicle he put together with parts from New York, Washington and Hawaii. The straight front axel 700hp all-steel Willys is equipped with a 10-foot diameter parachute to help stop it.

 

GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES!

Listed below are some of the many fine prizes to be raffled at the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ on Sunday, July 15:

(Raffle ticket buyers need not be present to win)

1. Pair of Oakland Aís tickets, Sunday, August 19, 1:05 p.m. vs. Royals

2. Large pottery vase by Kathy Kearns

3. "Images of America: Port Costa" by John Robinson and Veronica Crane

4. Cookie Jar

5. $250 gift certificate for Asilomar, Monterey County

6. Therapeutic Somatic Massage Session

7. T-Shirt, 2007 Car Show

8. $50 Avon Gift basket

9. "Coke" bottle opener

10. Hooded sweatshirt, Crockett Fire Association

11. Two dinners, Warehouse Cafť, Port Costa

12. "Crockett-dile" ceramic dish by Clayton Bailey

13. Scrap Nine-Patch & Hourglass Quilt by Monica Greene

14. "The Animals I didnít see at Dinali" Quilt by Kathleen Thomas

15: Gift Certificate, Bull Valley Restaurant, Port Costa

16. $50 Gift Certificate, Dead Fish Restaurant, Crockett

17: 2007 Car Show souvenir Ceramic Hub Cap by Clayton Bailey

Please see below for photos of some of the donated raffle prizes:

Monica Greene's quilt

Kathy Kearn's ceramic vase

Historic Asilomar, Monterey County

Detail of Kathleen Thomas's quilt

A's vs Royals August 19th

Souvenir ceramic hubcap by Clayton Bailey

 

Please check this page for new postings of entrant photos and more information regarding the Port Costa Car Show & BBQ.  This event is a fund raiser to help restore the historic Port Costa School building.  For a quick virtual tour of our restoration work on the building, please click here.

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