BASS LAKE – Bass Lake was the center of car activity Saturday for the inaugural Bass Lake Hot Rod and Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce and Budweiser.
About 55 cars were on display throughout The Pines Village, a great turnout for a first year event according to Lanie Suderman who put the show together.
“We’re really happy with the turnout, especially for a first year event. We had a lot of great cars on display and people had a good time,” she said.
Ahwahnee resident Tom Robello took home multiple awards for his 1932 Ford Roadster, including Best Hot Rod and Best in Show.
Robello had actually tied Mariposa resident Tom Armstrong and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air for the Best in Show honors after the judges tabulated the scoring. The final decision was made by the crowd after each owner fired up his car to make some noise.
“It was a fun way to find our overall winner, the crowd really got into it, ” said Suderman.
The crowd also got in to the spirit of the event, which between registration and raffle tickets raised about $1700 for the Children’s Museum of the Sierra.
“We’re incredibly appreciative to Lanie and the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce as well as all the entrants. This is a huge help for the museum,” said Jarrod Lyman, President of the museum’s board of directors.
Other winners from the event were:
Best Pony – Lynell Edmisten- 68 Mustang Coup
Best Import – Robert Rudd- 70 Volkswagon Beetle
Best Classic Pickup – Tony Gutierrez- 41 Ford Pick Up
Best Special Interest – Tim McDonnell- 47 International
Best Muscle Car – Bill Geers- 65 Corvette Coupe
Best Classic Car – Tom Armstrong- 55 Chevy Bel Air
Best Street Rod – Tom Robello- 32 Ford Roadster
Best Flames – Jerry Privette- 55 Chevy Bel Air
Best Paint – Bryce Cole- 48 Harley
Best Motorcycle – Bryce Cole- 48 Harley
Best Engine – Tom Armstrong- 55 Chevy
Best Custom Car – Jim Schmidt- 52 Plymouth Coupe
Best Interior Bob – Spinelli – 57 Chevy Bel Air