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Classics Cruise Into Town
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Making sure there was just enough polish to catch and reflect the sunshine, cars by the dozens were lined up in Escalon's Main Street Park on Saturday for the annual Escalon Lion's Club Autumn Car Cruise.

By 9:45 a.m. there were 83 cars registered and their proud owners were happily swapping stories of restoration efforts and trading car care tips.

"It's a good local show," said Escalon resident Mark Johnstad, putting the finishing touches on his 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, wiping away any lingering marks and streaks in preparation for the event. "It's a real good community show and it's a good cause."

Money raised through the annual Car Cruise benefits scholarships for Escalon High School students.

For Johnstad, the show was a family affair, as his dad George Johnstad was displaying a vehicle and his son is currently working on one.

"We've always worked on cars and I built a '35 Ford pick up when I was in high school," Johnstad said. "My son Jason is building a '56 Ford pick up."

Lathrop residents Bob and Terry Mejia were in town for the show for the first time, bringing their 1932 Chevy sedan in for the day. They purchased the vehicle in Oklahoma and have done work including replacing the wooden running boards and adjusting the suspension.

"It's nice just to be out here relaxing, looking at all the cars and having fun," said Terry. "I like the old cars."

Several car clubs also attended the show, bringing with them a variety of vehicles ranging from a 1965 356 C Porsche to a 1931 Ford Tudor.

Escalon resident Rich Branscombe was at the show displaying his 1923 T Bucket Ford and visiting with Jim Smith of Oakdale, who brought his '65 Cobra.

"This is my first year," Smith said. "It's like a big family get together, we offer hints and information."

Smith attended some of the 'pre cruise' Friday night gatherings staged over the summer and said those sparked his interest in taking part in the show.