Bright sunlight and scorching heat did not keep car enthusiasts away from the 16th annual Pacific Partnership car show held this past Saturday in downtown Pacific.
By 9 a.m., classic cars began arriving at the registration booth, manned by the co-host Ridge Rodders Car Club. Throughout the morning more vehicles registered by the minute.
The car show, the largest outdoor event in the community, has become a rite of summer in Pacific, attracting show vehicles and patrons from throughout the region.
Thousands of car lovers descended on the crowded downtown streets to peer under hoods and interiors, check out paint jobs and chat with the owners of the more 500 cars and truck which occupied six city blocks on St. Louis, Union and First streets.
Vendors along the Second Street Midway hawked automotive memorabilia and served up hot dogs, barbecue, pizza and shaved ice.
The Jaycees “bagged” their share of the crowd with a bean bag tournament fundraiser that filled the Kaleidoscope parking lot.
Patrons waved paper fans and sipped from water bottles as temperatures rose to 88 degrees with a heat index that topped 100 degrees.
While serious auto buffs pored over vehicle information sheets to learn the engine size and type of transmission, some fans were just fascinated with the paint, which spoke as much of modern art as it did class auto design.
Thirteen-year-old Corbin Schaffer and 14-year-old Jaiden Laing were drawn to a 1953 Ford custom that was painted matte black highlighted with narrow orange stripes.
“I just like the matte black,” Corbin said. “It’s cool.”
Scott Bockhurst said he searched for just the right car for over a year and found the Ford as is on Craig’s List.
“I didn’t have to do a thing to it,” he said. “I drive it every day.”
The color orange also caught the eye of Christine Comely, who stared at a Ford custom three-window coupe painted candy orange and feathered with gold flames.
“I’ve seen this car in other shows,” Comely said. “I love it.”
Car show chair Adam Krauss handed out trophies for 36 show classes and four specialty awards.
“In spite of the heat, it was a great turnout,” Krauss said.