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Dozens of classic cars roll out for fourth annual show in Newhall

Posted: June 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A participant admires a 1962 Corvette at the Old Town Newhall Association Classic Car Show in Newhall on Sunday. Photo by Jim Holt.

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There’s nothing like a shiny ’57 Chevy to make people dream of driving a hot car and a “cool” set of wheels.

Unless it’s a ’62 little red Corvette or a 1948 MG TC family heirloom such as the one maintained by Jim Ellis or a black 1949 Cadillac Coup de Ville eyed wistfully by Gloria Mercado-Fortine, member of the William S. Hart Union High School District board.

On Sunday, scores of vintage cars lined Main Street, between 5th Street and Lyons Avenue, for the Old Town Newhall Association Classic Car Show.

“I love this,” said Mercado-Fortine, as she popped the Caddy’s rear light to reveal a hidden gas cap.

With the street shut down for classic cars, hundreds of observers turned out to look under the hood and fall in love with the thought of getting behind the wheel of their dream car.

Veronica Hanford fell in love with a green mid-’60s “rag top” Jaguar.

“That’s sex on wheels,” she said, turning away from a 1967 hippy-era “Samba” Volkswagen bus fitted with a surfboard tied to its roof.

Chris Loo said she too fell in love with a Jaguar crafted more than a half-century ago.

“I said ‘I’d like to meet the owner,’ find out if he’s married,” she said.

“I love Jags.”

Virginia Rameirez loved Bel Airs manufactured in the mid-’50s so much that she ended up owning 15 of them.
“They’re just so beautiful,” she said.

One of her Bel Airs was used in the movie La Bamba starring Lou Diamond Phillips.

“She bought one and fell in love with it,” said her son Matt Ribera, as he polished a pristine ’57 Bel Air.

Andrew Graves came to the United States with his 1968 MG, with the steering wheel positioned on the right side.

“Out of all the questions I’m asked, my favorite is, ‘Are the pedals reversed as well?’” he said.

For Newhall merchants, the foot traffic payed off.

“We had a lot of people coming in,” said Jeannie Carpenter who manned Newhall’s Thrift Store Sunday for the Assistance League of Santa Clarita.

“It was intended to generate business for this town and it did,” she said, reflecting on the car show.

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