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Another Successful Showing For Lions Club Car Cruise
Modesto resident Rich Blevins takes time to shine up his 1970 Chevy custom truck, a vehicle he has been showing for years around the region and was happy to bring to the Autumn Cruise hosted this past Saturday by the Escalon Lions Club. Marg Jackson/The Times
Those attending the Saturday car cruise also had the chance to get in on a huge raffle, with drawings regularly throughout the day for a number of prizes. Marg Jackson/The Times

As far as the eye could see, classic cars and trucks were shined up and ready for display.

Owners cruised in to Escalon on Saturday, Sept. 8 for the 25th edition of the show hosted by the Escalon Lions Club, the annual Autumn Cruise marking its silver anniversary.

According to show organizers and attendees, the show is getting better with age and this year featured well over 300 autos on display.

From a 1930 Ford Model A to a 2013 Ford Boss 302, the vehicles on display ran the gamut from classics to new models but the one common theme was the love and care owners take with their ‘toys.’

“I’ve been coming here, probably 15 years,” said Rich Blevins of Modesto, shining up his 1970 Chevy pick-up. “It’s large, well-organized, it’s a good show.”

First year organizer Mike Powers of the Escalon Lions Club said the turnout was good, the weather cooperated, and people seemed to be enjoying the day.

“Last time I checked, we were at 320 vehicles,” he said late Saturday morning. “I’ve talked to a number of people and they are excited about this year … we ran out of room in the park so we had to put some on the street.”

Escalon’s Main Street was shut down along the portion that borders the Main Street Park, which served as the center of activity.

Miss Escalon Madison Matsunami and some members of her court were on hand to choose some winners and there were also special awards from a number of businesses, organizations and individuals, with all entries eligible for the trophies.

“There are more cars than I expected,” admitted Mike Ginger of Oakdale, who had his dad Ron’s 1937 Ford Slantback on display. “This is my first time here, it’s a great show.”

Proceeds from the annual show support Escalon High School scholarships, with thousands of dollars given out over the years.

Along with the cars and trucks, there were a few vendors with items for sale, music and announcements were provided by emcee Gene Adams, there was a huge raffle with numbers drawn for prizes throughout the day, the American Legion served breakfast and the Lions Club offered a lunch.

Presentation of the various trophies rounded out the busy day, with many participants expressing hope that the Lions Club will continue to offer the Autumn Cruise in the years ahead.