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Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

Posted: June 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Danielle Bustos, left, takes in the fifth annual Old Town Newhall Classic Car Show Sunday with her husband, Chris, and their 3-year-old son, Ayden, on his shoulders. Signal photo by Jim Holt.

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They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. 

But if car enthusiasts at Sunday’s fifth annual Old Town Newhall Classic Car Show are any indication, they sure can maintain them.

Cyrus Banks walked around the cherry-red Dodge Dart, then walked around it again, then a third time.

“They don’t make the new Dart look anything like this Dart,” he said, shaking his head.

The immaculately maintained muscle car of the ‘70s was one of hundreds on display in Newhall Sunday as the Old Town Newhall Association held its annual block party for car lovers.

Main Street was closed to traffic Sunday as thousands strolled through a street museum of vehicles built some time last century.

The Bustos family was passing through the Santa Clarita Valley when Dad pulled over after spotting a “beautiful” black Chevrolet Bel Air.

“This is huge,” said Chris Bustos with 3-year-old son, Ayden, on his shoulders, pointing at cars he liked.

“We were actually just driving by and we saw this beautiful Bel Air,” he said.

“It was named ‘Wicked’ but it was pretty nice,” said his wife, Danielle.

“And, it’s for sale,” said the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, Chloe.

Car restorer Denny First put his ‘48 red Ford pickup truck on display at the car show.

When asked if he had any offers to buy it, First said: “What I do get from people is ‘I’ve got one like that, I’ve been working on it, now this has inspired me to work harder because I could see how nice it could be if I did work a little harder.’”

One of those who worked harder than most in preparation of the car show was local mechanic Ernie Lepore who put together this year’s hit attraction — a Batmobile replica.

The long, sleek black big-finned car that debuted on TV in 1966 when it tore screaming out of a cave was a sensation Sunday.

“They did a great job of cloning it,” said First. “It looks like one of the original Batmobiles.”

Two teenage boys taking cell phone pictures of it were in awe. “It’s very nice,” said one of them. “It’s very unique,” said his friend.

“People are loving it,” said Steve Jasik, owner of the German Autohaus body shop garage where the Batmobile replica sleeps at night.

Lepore spoke to The Signal mid-week about rolling into the car show behind the wheel of his Batmobile replica.

“After I talked to you, I had no choice but to get it ready. I was committed,” he said Sunday.

“It’s been pretty good,” Lepore said about the response he received at the car show. “I can’t wait to finish it.”

Although he has a lot of work still to do on the car before it’s “road worthy” — such as installing turn signals, electric fans and brake light housings — the car was still a sensation.

With a shiny black finish and red stripes, it promises to be a hit in time of next year’s Old Town Newhall Classic Car Show.
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