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Stylin': Classic car club turns out to hear S.F.'s Hot Rods
Cool cats decked out in Hawaiian shirts and cruising in their hot rods were transported to the early days of rock 'n' roll last week for a summer bash in Williams.
The Mag Winders car club, which started in Williams in the late 1950s, teamed up with the city and the Fire Department for the only concert in the park this season featuring live music from Bay Area rock-and-rollers Hot Rods.
Hundreds of people gathered in Venice Park behind the Sacramento Valley Museum for a barbecue with a soundtrack reminiscent of sock-hops and beach parties.
Members of the Mag Winders car club lined up their cars on the grass flashing their boss paint jobs.
The club began more than 50 years ago with members Willie Able, John Nissen, Jerry Maltby, Mari Ballestero, Mike Price and Dick Armocido, according to Armocido.
"We were just kids that had hot rods, just a bunch of wrenchers," he said.
"We like modifying them to look different."
He said the original plaques adorning their cars read, "Have goodies will travel," bought from J.C. Whitney, a car catalog.
Now, they frequently roll with another club representing clubs throughout the county and beyond, called the Rusty Nuts.
Armocido said the Rusty Nuts have gotten awards for the largest club participant in Reno; Grass Valley; Joseph, Ore.; and Crescent City.
"That group combines the Yuba City group, Woodland, Colusa, Arbuckle and Grimes," Armocido said.
He said they've traveled all over, including to Arizona, Canada and around glaciers in Montana.
On Aug. 8, the cars created the backdrop for the summer's only concert in the park in Williams.
Mayor Pat Ash started the summer concert series three years ago "just as a citizen to see if we could pull it off."
"Then we started a Parks and Rec Department, and they took it over," she said.
City Administrator Charles Bergson said last year's half dozen or so concerts in the park had spotty attendance.
Ash said that next year, Citizens for a Better Williams will take over the event.