As we have done in years past, West Coast Challengers club members drove in from Riverside County, Orange County, Los Angeles County and as far away as the Kings County area for a day trip out of town to Bakersfield to attend the American Car, Truck and & Bike Show (formerly the All American Powered Car Show) hosted by the Mopars of Bakersfield car club.

Leaving at dawn for one of several meeting locations set-up by the club for the caravan to Bakersfield, the weather for the day was forecast yo be in the mid-70’s, which has been a contrast to the usual 80-90 degree temperature we have usually experienced for this car show.

Having participated in hundreds of car show over the years, this car show is by far one of the better car shows out there. Honest voting by the participants and by the hosting club for the specialty trophies, plus the hosting club’s cars are ineligible for awards. That might seem like a small thing, but in today’s car show scene, hosting clubs often vote for their friends and participant voting shows are often compromised by clubs trading their votes with each other, i.e., you vote for us and we’ll vote for you. The American Car, Truck and & Bike Show miraculously is void of that. In addition, the hosting club’s members give you a heartfelt and sincere “Thank you for coming” upon arrival, all through the day, and when exiting the show.

Once inside of the car show, we began to clean off the bugs from the road trip and wipe down our cars. West Coast Challengers club members then set off to view all of the cars in the show and chat with fellow car enthusiasts.

Before we knew it, lunchtime was upon us so we all gathered in Crest Bar & Grill restaurant to eat, relax and enjoy each others company for a bit. After lunch, we headed out to check our raffle tickets only to find that both Kathy and Steve had won prizes in the raffle.

The afternoon came upon quickly, and soon it was time for the awards presentations. As club members gathered around, they soon came to the New Challenger category and Kathy’s name was called, and she excitedly went up to accept her award. Soon after, in the Modern Mopar category, Steve’s name was called, and he went up to accept his award. Upon return to our group with a big smile smile on his face, he said, “I haven’t even made the first car payment yet.” He just bought a new Challenger Hellcat a couple of weeks ago and this was the car’s first car show.

In the end, Kathy and Steve came away with both raffles prizes and trophies making for a great event that they most certainly enjoyed but so did the rest of club members who attended. All commented on what a great show this was which prompted our club president to contact the hosing club, Mopars of Bakersfield, and pass along the kudos from our club members directly.

Club members are already looking forward to next year’s car show.

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