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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.

Car lovers attending Sunday's fifth annual Old Town Newhall Classic Car Show look under the hood of a '57 Chevy on Main Street. 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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SReilly12: Posted: June 24, 2014 2:58 a.m.

Oh look at this.......a car show right smack dab in the middle of NH and people came....

rwilson: Posted: June 24, 2014 10:34 a.m.

Everyone should take a drive to Santa Paula the first Friday of the month. Every month there is a car show that brings in a lot of business. I don't know why the same type of monthly event is not held in Newhall. It would bring in a lot of people. My guess is that there are some in Santa Clarita that do not like these types of events.

Rick54: Posted: June 24, 2014 9:10 p.m.

rwilson: I agree! Something like Santa Paula does would be great. Seems like a lot of haters comment on anything good happening in NH. They must be a real blast at parties with their negativity. Wait...they probably never get invited to parties.

SReilly12: Posted: June 24, 2014 9:22 p.m.

Rick54 - if your talking about are dead wrong. I was making a point to someone else that thinks anything and everything that goes on in NH is bad!!!

rwilson: Posted: June 24, 2014 9:43 p.m.

A car show is very appropriate for Downtown Newhall. Face painting children and attempts to turn that area into an artsy community with arts slams (ie the color green, or cheese?) are not appropriate. I would not be caught dead taking my young children there after dark.
Adults with classic cars are a very suitable way of bringing in business to the local bars and restaurants. Take a look in Santa Paula, "city officials"!

Rick54: Posted: June 25, 2014 1:32 a.m.

SReilly12: Not talking about you. I know sarcasm when I see it. You too are aware of the people I'm talking about.

SReilly12: Posted: June 25, 2014 1:47 a.m.

Rick54 - Great! I do know a few :)

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