BULLHEAD CITY — As impressive as the array of automotive excellence on display during Saturday’s Roarin’ on the River car show was, plans were for it to be even better.
Sixty-seven vehicles dating from as far back as the 1920s entered the show, a fundraiser for the Bullhead City Lions Club.
“We had registered 72,” said show chairwoman Janis Young. “But there were some breakdowns on the way here.”
Visitors came to relive favorite memories or just admire the machinery. The vehicle owners were constantly engaged with passersby interested in the story of each.
George Mocabee of Fort Mohave brought his 1957 Nash Metropolitan.
He said he bought the car, nicknamed “Daisy,” for his wife Norma as a present for the couple’s 30th anniversary. Her first car was the same model, he explained.
Mocabee brought along a scrapbook detailing the car’s condition when he bought it and documenting his restoration of it.
“I bought it for $100,” he said. “I found it in some guy’s backyard, with weeds growing through it.”
Now, he said, it’s an everyday driver.
Mike Kraft talked to visitors about his 1974 Dodge Challenger; among them was Chris Maurer, whose Chevrolet Chevelle was parked in the next space.
The pair discussed other classics they have owned. Kraft said he enjoys car shows because of the opportunities they provide to socialize with other car enthusiasts.
Maurer said a car show is a good place to share tips about how to best keep vehicles in top condition.
Young said that the Lions Club had a goal of raising $4,000 from the show, its biggest fundraiser. The proceeds will go toward eye examinations and glasses for children and adults, scholarships for area high school students, vision screening for preschoolers and a program that allows children with disabilities to visit Arizona Lions Camp Tatiyee.
“We don’t have to pay any big muckety-mucks,” she said. “(Money raised) goes right back out into the community.”
Dennis Boslaugh of Bullhead City reminisced as he admired John Caponetto’s 1947 Willys Jeep.
“I had a Jeep just like this, with a Buick (engine) in it,” he recalled. “It didn’t look this good, though.”
Published at Sun, 05 Feb 2017 07:04:28 +0000