By Sharyn Cornelius

Threatening skies and a chill north wind put somewhat of a damper on the Greater Palo Cedro Area Chamber of Commerce’s Kool April Nites Show N Shine on April 15, 2013.  But despite the dark, rain-laden clouds scudding over the parking lot at Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel, drivers began arriving in the early morning to get a good parking place and by the official start at 3:00 p.m. over 100 vintage cars and trucks graced the grounds and spilled out into the overflow parking lot in front.

Greater Palo Cedro Chamber board members (left to right) Frank Billy of Palo Cedro Office Supplies, Robert Hanson of Ambassador Limousine, Matt Webb of Premier Oil, Kim Burns of Tread Tech Tire Factory, Judy La Russa of East Valley Times, Laura Baldwin of Alliance Realty, and event organizer Joey Oretez of Palo Cedro Printing present Best of Show trophy to Phil Mitsueda and his 1964 Chevy Corvette.

As trophy sponsors scurried around picking their winners, drivers chatted and admired each other’s entries, comparing notes on restoration techniques as only insiders can.  As the dinner hour rolled around, many contestants and spectators alike dined on the pulled pork sandwiches (prepared by Dave Ortez of Takeables Pizza) and chili dogs and finished off their meals with cake and cookies from the bake sale table run by the Palo Cedro Park.

About 5:45 as the wind picked up and raindrops dotted the vehicles’ fancy paint jobs, a few car owners decided to break camp and head for shelter, and the event organizers began announcing the trophy winners, so the drivers could take their awards with them.  But even as they rushed to hand out the trophies, the little squall passed and the sun came out again.

In all, local businesses sponsored 30 beautiful trophies created for the occasion by K&M Trophies of Palo Cedro, whose owner Val McFarlane was the lucky winner of $193 for the 50/50 raffle.  In addition to donating all the car show trophies, local businesses made up beautiful baskets which were raffled off at the show.

Trophy Winners & Sponsors

Best of Show sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and also Best Engine sponsored by Axner Excavating—the winner is Phil Mitsueda of  Redding for his 1964 Chevy Corvette; Best Paint Job sponsored by Gesundheit Clinic—the winner  is Scot Barton of Marysville, WA for his 1969 Chevy Chevelle; People’s Choice sponsored by East Valley Times—the winner is Susan Klopfer of Palo Cedro for her 1968 Chevy Camero; Best Muscle Car sponsored by Frontier Communications—the winner is Paul Redmond of Carson City for his 1968 Plymouth GTX; Fast & Furious sponsored by Tread Tech Tire Factory—the winner is Will Jeffries of Shasta Lake for his 1969 Chevy Camero; Underdog of the Show sponsored by Palo Cedro Printing— the winner is Kevin Bruce for his VW Beetle; Credit Worthy Ride sponsored by Tri Counties Bank—the winner is James Charlton of Redding for his 1958 Chevy Cameo; Outta Sight Original sponsored by Palo Cedro Eye Clinic—the winner is Warren Partridge of Palo Cedro for his 1961 Chevy Impala; U.S. Military Salute sponsored by North Valley Bank—the winner is Carl Turner of Redding for his 2011 Russian copy of a late 1930’s German BMW; One Spicy Coupe sponsored by Ortega’s Mexican Restaurant—the winners are Lee and Sara Bridgeman of Clear Lake for their 1931 Ford Model A Coupe; CHP’s Favorite Offender sponsored by Fritz’s Auto Repair—the winner is Steve of Cottonwood for his 1969 Dodge Charger; Diamond in the Rough   sponsored by Foothill Pharmacy—the winner is Emery Webb of Anderson for his 1962 Plymouth two-door coupe; Classy Classic sponsored by Palo Cedro Pool and Spa—the winner is Chuck Pritchett of Redding for his 1950 Ford Coupe; Best Truck sponsored by Shasta Gas Propane, Inc—the winner is Rick Parker of Cottonwood for his 4X4 Dodge Pick-up; Bad to the Bone sponsored by Smith Chiropractic—the winner is Archie Redmond of Carson Nevada for his 1956 Pontiac Safari; Best Off-Road sponsored by Farmer’s Insurance—the winner is Ronald Schuler of Redding for his Military M31; Wild & Wicked sponsored by Palo Cedro Pharmacy—the winner is Jesse Phillips of Palo Cedro for his 1966 Ford Mustang; Delicious Hot Rod sponsored by Cedar Tree Restaurant—the winner is Shawn Sherer of Canby for his 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood; Best Rollin’ Stone sponsored by Napa Auto Parts—the winner is Richard Millard of Bella Vista for his 1937 Chevy 2 Door Sedan; Classiest Custom sponsored by Palo Cedro Tax Accounting—the winner is Warren Partridge of Palo Cedro for his 1961 Chevy Impala; Beacon Shine sponsored by In and Out Beacon Gas—the winner is Bob Baker and Arlene Gann of Round Mountain for their 1955 Chevy Model Bel Air; Best Convertible sponsored by Ambassador Limousine— the winner is Barlogio for his 1965 Ford Mustang; Best Mustang sponsored by Premier Oil Change—the winners are Michael and Toni Caldwell for their 1965 Ford Mustang GT Fastback; Best Chevy sponsored by Palo Cedro Garden Supply—the winner is Jim Maas of Redding for his 1955 Chevy Bel Air; Most Horsepower sponsored by Dutch Bros. Coffee—the winner is Rich Pasazich of Cottonwood for his Dodge Coronet 500; Most Decorated sponsored by Snow’s Party Rentals—the winners are Ron and Lynda Martz of Redding for their 1954 Chevy Truck; Best Ford sponsored by The Real Estate Group—the winner is Greg and Mitzi Geisen of Redding for their 1933 Ford Coupe; Best Rat Rod sponsored by Palo Cedro Office Supplies—the winner is Joe Padilla of Cottonwood for his 1950 Rat Chevy pickup; and Best Interior sponsored by Loucks Road Construction—the  winner is Ray of Shasta Lake for his 1940 Studebaker.