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Hundreds Gather For Annual Cruise
Everywhere you looked, there was shiny chrome, sunlight glinting off polished up headlights, people beaming with pride over their custom rides.

Escalon's Main Street Park was turned in to a virtual candyland for classic car enthusiasts on Saturday, as more than 200 automobiles rolled into town for the annual Lion's Club Autumn Car Cruise.

Spearheading the event this year was Lion John Salvin.

"We had 128 people pre-registered," Salvin said. "We were hoping for 150 for a good show."

Final total topped out at 209, with everything from motorcycles to PT Cruisers to Model Ts, brought in for the day, far exceeding the expectations of organizers.

"We're very happy with the turnout," Salvin said.

He offered thanks to Gene Adams, a Modesto businessman and fellow car buff, for promoting the Escalon event at the various car shows he attends. Salvin also made the rounds, handing out fliers for the Escalon show over the last several months.

The weekly Friday night 'pre-cruise' gatherings at Hula's throughout the summer didn't hurt, either. Those shows offered the chance for auto enthusiasts to put their vehicles on display and drummed up interest in the autumn show.

Winning the Best of Show award on Saturday was the 1939 Ford Roadster owned by Jack and Mary Wilson of Jamestown.