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Orland gets revved up for annual car show
Albert Palmer cupped his hands and peered through the back window of a 1935 Ford five-window coupe.
Except for its modern, midnight blue paint, the old car was just like the one his dad drove when Palmer, 79, was a boy.
"I don't remember the back seat being that small," laughed Palmer, a Minnesota native who remembered sitting in the tiny rumble seat behind his parents with his brothers John and Archer.
A nearly identical car — a 1936 Ford coupe — won Best of Show at Orland's Rod and Custom Car Show on Sunday.
The two-day event drew about 100 classic, custom, and antique cars and motorcycles to the Glenn County Fairgrounds.
"It's not always the best car that wins," said owner Jack Erbland of Redding. "It's how the car presents itself."
Erbland has won Best of Show at a number of regional car shows, and said paying attention to every detail is key with the judges.
Erbland bought the old car 27 years ago because he liked the big fenders and bug headlights of the popular Ford model, and spent just over two years restoring it.
Like most car show participants, nostalgia tends to drive them to a particular vehicle.
Many said they had a similar car in their youth. Others chose a vehicle their father or grandfather drove.
But when it comes to what the people like, opinions can and often vary.
"If I could have my pick, it would be either the black 1970 Cuda or the black 1970 Camaro," said Jason Reynoza, 29, of Chico. "But I would drive them, not show them. Well, maybe I would do both."
Leonard Kinch of Orland understands the appeal of the Chevrolet Camaro.
His 1970 was one of six Camaros to win individual sponsor awards on Sunday.
"The Camaro was marketed to appeal to young people," Kinch said. "It was a high performance vehicle, but it was sold at a reasonable price."
The Camaro debuted in September 1966 as a competing model to Ford's Mustang.
"It was an instant hit," said Kinch, who moved to Orland with his wife Kathy four months ago.
This was the couple's first Orland car show.
"Car shows are like an old family reunion," said Kinch. "You get to see people you don't normally see any other time."
Orland's forth annual car show filled two buildings and the main grounds of the Glenn County Fairgrounds, and was a fundraiser for the Orland Chamber of Commerce.
Participation was down slightly from last year's event because of two competing car shows in the region, said announcer Bob Pasero.
The weather, however, could not have been better.
Poor November weather the past two years prompted the Chamber of Commerce to move the date of the annual show up to September.
"I like this weekend so much better," said Jenny Snood of Lakeport. "It was so cold last year, my fingers turned blue. Any car show can get rained out no matter what the date, but I hope they keep it in September."
In addition to the show, the Chamber sponsored several free seminars on car restoration and repair, including workshops on car upholstery, painting and pin striping.
Chamber officials presented a number of trophies, with most winners selected by the local sponsors.
The Chamber's pick went to Terry Brison of Orland, for his 1935 Chrysler Imperial.
The Imperial was one of only 200 made and is only one of 10 known to be remaining.
The Kid's Choice, a special trophy made by Orland High School auto shop, went to Michael Hamlin for his 1964 Chevrolet Impala.
The Participant's Choice was Gary Sanfillipo's 1973 Camaro.
Other favorites were Dan Bailey's 1935 Ford Roadster, Bob Theile's 1932 Ford Coupe and Jack Edmondson's 1926 Ford two-door Model T.
John Spooner won Best of Show motorcycle for his Harley Davidson custom chopper.
The car show also featured product vendors, music and food.
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