Successful Car Show lives up to hype

By Sharon Rice, Editor, The Friday Flyer

Dennis Bickers

Diana Castillo

Sam Foose, at right, a famous car designer and father of Chip Foose of the TV show "Overhaulin'," customized a firetruck "pedal car" with new bumpers, metal work and interior to create this one-of-a kind Mercury, which was auctioned at the Car Show. The high bidder and lucky winner was Brian "Gater" Harrell, at left.


Cooler temperatures arrived last week just in time to provide nice conditions for the Car Show at the Lodge on Saturday. With music, vendor booths, prize drawings, silent auctions and a live auction to raise money for the Progeria Foundation, there was plenty for the appreciative crowds to see and do.

A highlight of the show for many was when Phil and Mary Leatherman out of Corona literally fired up their “Wild Thing” hot rod, with engine and flames roaring.

Although everyone in attendance probably picked out his or her favorite car, 12 judges were in charge of making the final selection for top honors by the Car Club. The winners were as follows:

Sam Theadora's '62 Ford Thunderbird

Sherman Terry's '35 Ford Pickup

Paula Evelyn's '56 Ford Thunderbird

Armondo Torres' '70 Mercury Cougar Convertible

Janet Wegman's '57 Chevrolet

Robert Weber's '41 Willys

Ron and Gerry Carlton's '47 International Truck

Dee Barnes' '49 Ford Convertible

Betty Kear's '51 Jaguar Mark 5

Tom Harkenrider's '47 MG Truck

Troy and Lois Summers' '39 Chevy Custom Roadster

Mr. and Mrs. Swenson's Model T

Dave Deboe's '55 Chevy Convertible

Don Norris'  '55 Chevy Two-door

Rolly Bitterman's '55 Nash Metro

Alfred Arballo's '40 Ford Coupe

Lee Stewart's '32 Ford Three-Window Coupe

Dayton Taylor's '41 Lincoln Zephyr

Frank and Carol Alba's '40 Chevy Convertible

Ron and Perry Barry's '57 Chevy Convertible

Marguerite Leatherman's '41 Graham Hollywood

Dave and Anne Keller's '29 Ford Sedan Delivery Truck

Frosty Neimeyer's '40 Ford Opera Coupe

Jim Ness' '62 VW Bus

Robert Carter's '58 Impala Hard Top

City and POA officials serving as judges say they had a difficult time picking their six favorites.

City Council members who served as judges were Randy Bonner, Mary Craton, Jordan Ehrenkranz, Nancy Horton and Barry Talbot, along with Interim City Manager Richard Rowe.

POA Directors who served as judges included David Eilers, Sean McDonald, George Middle and Larry Neigel. POA staff helping with the event and with judging were Lynn Jensen and Carrie Pratt.

Each of the judges expressed his or her appreciation to the Car Club and POA staff who helped make the day such a success.

Terry Foose, a Canyon Lake resident and chair of the California chapter of the Progeria Research Foundation, expressed her appreciation to all those at the show who participated in the prize drawing and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from those fundraisers will go to the Progeria Research Foundation.

Terry and her husband Sam have been involved with the Car Show and raising money for the Progeria Foundation since the Car Shows began. Their daughter, Amy, passed away at the age of 16 from the disease. This year, Sam, a world famous car designer, took a firetruck “pedal car” and customized it with new bumpers, metal work and interior to create a one-of-a-kind Mercury showpiece, which was auctioned off at the show.

As he does for so many of the bigger community events, Randy Roberts of Sunset Properties created a video set to music. It can be viewed on The Friday Flyer's Facebook page or at (Click on Canyon Lake videos in the left-hand column.)