West Coast Challengers attended the 25th annual Placentia Heritage Festival and Car Show on October 15, 2011 at Tri-City Park in Placentia. For many of our new club members, this was the first time having their Dodge Challenger in a car show, so all spent the week cleaning and sprucing up their cars. For many of our veteran club members, this was one of the first car shows that they did with the club taking us back down memory lane.

Last minute car show cleaning and modifications

The morning overcast gave way to bright sunny skies making the day more like beach weather. A pancake breakfast greeted us as we arrived at the park followed not long after by a parade. Couple that with a few hundred cars on display and plenty of vendors, the club members kept busy most of the day.

Tri-City Park

Morning mist and Autumn colored trees at Tri-City Park in Placentia

Arriving fashionably late was Julie with her 2010 yellow SMS Challenger. Knowing in advance that she would be coming late, club members parked rather wide so that we could squeeze together and open a spot for her when she arrived. Once at the registration desk, Julie telephoned us so that we could come get her and guide her to where we were all parked. Upon explaining to her the route we were going to take through the park, an event coordinator said, “No, no, no. We don’t reserve spaces. That’s illegal.” Color us surprised. I quipped back, “Oh yeah, exactly what law is that?” That’s when he started laughing and said he was just joking around with us. He did have us going for a minute though, I’ll give him that. He was gracious enough to help us guide Julie to where we all had parked.

SMS Dodge Challenger

SMS Dodge Challenger

Rob came out later in the afternoon to show off his new 2012 SRT in gloss black. It looks like someone poured oil over the paint it was that glossy. Very nice looking. New steering wheel and suspension controls make the 2012 Dodge Challenger and even more formidable foe on the street and on the track.

2012 Dodge Challenger in Gloss Black

2012 Dodge Challenger in Gloss Black

2012 Dodge Challenger steering wheel

2012 Dodge Challenger steering wheel

Club members had a great time chatting it up through out the day and all perked up when the event began announcing the trophy winners. One class after another being announced and the winner coming up to get his or her trophy, when we hear Julie’s name called as a winner. We all look around — no Julie. She was off with her boyfriend when they both heard her name being called happened to be near the stage to accept her trophy. Minutes later here she comes down the row of Challengers grinning ear to ear with her Best of Show trophy in hand. Congrats to Julie!

SMS Dodge Challenger

Best of Show - 2010 SMS Dodge Challenger

This show doesn’t have a club participation award but kudos to the event coordinators for giving the club a shout out at the end of the awards presentation ceremony.

For both new club members and old alike, we all had a great time at this years’ Placentia Heritage Festival and Car Show.

Pictures from the car show can be found in our club photo gallery.

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  1. Curt Kopetsky says:

    Missed you all this weekend…looks like you had a great showing. You’a make’a me a soooo proud!