OAKHURST – Get your hot rods ready! It’s time for the 11th annual Run for the Gold Classic Car Show on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 – 7 at the Oakhurst Community Center.
The event is sponsored by the Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis Club, and proceeds from the show allow for mini grants to local public schools.
Official entry forms are available on the website. The fee to enter is approximately $40. It doesn’t cost a dime to stop by and ogle the cars and it’s looking like the event is going to be a family-friendly, car-lover’s fun fantasy weekend.
Festivities start out on Friday, Sept. 7, with registration and check-in for pre-registered cars lasting from 2 – 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Registration includes a dash plaque and goodie bag.
At 6 p.m. is a kick-off party where participants are invited to “cruise in, enjoy a BBQ dinner and Rock ‘n Roll oldies music,” with tunes spun by a DJ, say organizers. Kiwanis will provide a delicious tri-tip dinner for $12 and the public is welcome to attend.
Saturday brings the main event. Gates open at 7 a.m. with more than a hundred classic cars on display. The car of the year has been designated as the Ford F100 Pick-up, and a trophy will be given to the best car in that category.
Awards include three $500 cash prizes for “Best of Show,” “Peoples’ Choice” and “Best Hot Rod.” Kiwanis registration co-chair Karen Gemmill mentioned a few of the entries when we asked what to expect.
“We have a candy purple 1932 Ford High Boy Street Rod,” says Gemmill, “a blue 1934 Chevy Phantom Street Rod, and a plum colored modified 1952 Plymouth Bizcoup.” That’s only the beginning. Somewhere between 110 and 140 cars will rev it up at this 11th annual Run for the Gold.
“About 70% of people who register are in from out of town,” estimates Kiwanis committee member Harvey Left, “so it’s good for the Oakhurst economy. It’s a big job to put together, it takes about three months and there’s lots of front end work to get the job done.”
You may work up an appetite just looking at all the souped-up cars. If so, you’ll be glad to know that Kiwanis are selling breakfast (7 – 10 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) for their usual prices of $6 adults and $3 children. The music jam will continue with Rock ‘n Roll oldies spinning, and more than 50 additional class special awards will be given out.
The first 75 to register will receive a ticket upon check-in for a special drawing at the 2013 show.
Craft Vendors still have an opportunity to join in the Gold weekend. Interested parties can call Harvey Left at 559 542-4507.
For more car show information contact Gary Marshall (559) 683-4917.
Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce (559) 683-7736
Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau (559) 683-4636
(Photos from last year’s show. Click to enlarge)