Old Town Clovis Welcomes Hot Rodders

By Paul Hinkle

The Business Organization of Old Town (B.O.O.T) held its first car show on Sunday, April 17 in conjunction with the Black Pot Cook Off. The show was scheduled to start at 11 a.m., but long before that the streets started filling with cars and spectators. Rodders from all over the Valley started filling Pollasky Ave around 8 a.m. It didn’t take long for all the parking spots north of Fifth to fill and the open spaces to the south also quickly disappeared.

The weather was perfect for the show and the crowds enjoyed stopping to look and take pictures of all the nice cars on display. It was a great venue for car owners to sit back in their chairs and enjoy the show, answer questions and share their rod. There was something for everyone as most of the businesses were open. For many of the rodders and spectators it was their first time to Old Town Clovis.

The show turned out to be one of the largest in the Valley. Carol Lester, Executive Director of BOOT said: “From the response from car owners, spectators and staff on how much they enjoyed the show, the question was asked if we will hold it again next year. We are planning on holding it yearly, tentatively on April 23 next year.” If you missed the Old Town Car Show you need to put next years date on your calendar so you can be a part of this great event.

Here are a few updates on Bills that are passing through the committees in Sacramento:

Legislation (S.B. 1429) to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of 1980 or older model-year vehicles was approved by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee by a 11- 0 vote. The Senate Appropriations Committee will next consider the bill.

Legislation (A.B. 1965) to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light and medium-duty trucks was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee. Contact Assembly Member Frank Bigelow www.assemblymember.bigelow@assembly.ca.gov and ask him to vote against this Bill.

Legislation (SBX1 1) will among other things, raise the gas tax by $0.12 per gallon, increase by $35 the annual vehicle registration fee, add a new $100 annual vehicle registration fee for zero-emission motor vehicles and impose a new $35 annual road access charge on each vehicle was approved by the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee. The additional funds raised by the bill would be used to address deferred maintenance on the state highways and local streets and roads. It has moved to the Appropriations Committee. Contact Senator Pat Bates www.senator.bates@senate.ca.gov and ask her to vote no on this bill.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
May 6 – Rods on the Bluff
May 7 – Mountain Valley Community Church Show & Shine Car Show
May 7 – Warbirds, Wings & Wheels Car Show
May 13 – Clovis Farmers Market (contact Paul Hinkle)
May 14 – Jefferson Elementary 6th Annual Car Show
May 14 – American Legion Post 509’S Car Show
May 20-22 – Eagle Field Drags
May 21 – Clovis Park in the Park
May 28-29 – 35th Annual West Coast Kustoms Cruisin Nationals

If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event we are always looking for interesting cars, people and events to share. You can reach Paul Hinkle at clovisparkinthepark@gmail.com or call (559) 970-2274 or Eric Hinkle at ehinkle11@gmail.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter@clovisparknpark and on Instagram@clovisparkinthepark.

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