Reno resident Michael Parsons discusses the details of his stunning 1956 Ford Thunderbird with admirers at the 27th Annual Main Cruise Classic Car Show-N-Shine presented by the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce. See more pictures on page 5A of this week's paper. Photo by Glenda Svendsen

27th Main Cruise Classic Car Show-N-Shine delights car buffs

The 27th Annual Main Cruise Classic Car Show-N-Shine was held at Memorial Park Saturday, June 27. The variety of classic cars was impressive with nearly 100 shiny entries from near and far. Live music provided by Forgery made the event even more festive.

Kids of all ages could be observed practicing cartwheels or dancing and enjoying playground equipment in the dappled shade of majestic elm trees. Vendors lined the border of the park offering food and refreshments such as shaved ice or legendary Rotary Club corn dogs.

Car buffs and families from near and far were able to cast votes at the Chamber of Commerce booth declaring Darby Williams’ 1969 Dodge Charger as the crowd favorite with a People’s Choice Award and nominating Corey Miller’s 1936 Ford Sedan for Best of Show.

Local businesses that supported the event presented their top picks with a trophy provided by Lassen County Chamber of Commerce as well.

All Season Heating and Air chose a 1965 Shelby Cobra owned by Martin Cloud as a stand-out winner, while Carlson’s Tire Pro bestowed their Sponsorship award trophy on a 1965 Ford Mustang owned by Tom Brown.

Diamond Mountain Casino fancied a 1929 Ford Pickup owned by Jim Whipple, and Kirack Construction selected the 1934 Ford Vichy belonging to Ken Crawford. Plus, KSUE and JDX awarded a trophy to Jim and Judy Davis for a 1947 Ford ambulance.

Les Schwab Tires picked a 1957 Chevy Bel Air belonging to Ralph Sanders, and CPA Mandy McGarva chose 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by Rachel and John Barker as her personal favorite.

Mt. Lassen Properties’ trophy went to a 1957 Chevy Corvette owned by Bob Haynes. Napa Auto Parts selected a 1970 Chrysler TA Challenger as their Sponsorship Trophy Award recipient.

O’Reilly Auto Parts liked a 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by Michael Parsons best of all, and Port of Subs was smitten by a 1936 International belonging to Christopher Thompson.

Sierra Desert Properties was partial to the 1972 Chevy Corvette Paul Thornton brought to the Main Cruise Classic Car Show-N-Shine, while Sierra Tan favored a 1933 Ford three-window coupe.

U.S. Bank was a fan of the 1955 1st Series Chevy pickup stock, and Valley Yellow Pages gave their trophy to a 1927 Ford Roadster belonging to Robert Whitaker.

Wheels West concurred with the public who voted for the 1969 Dodge Charger belonging to Darby Williams for People’s Choice as the standout classic in the line-up and awarded their Sponsorship trophy to Williams, too.