A bright and sunny Saturday made the perfect atmosphere for gearheads and car enthusiasts to check out scores of meticulously-kept vintage vehicles at the 14th annual Foothill Classics Valley Springs Car Show and Swap Meet on Saturday, May 27.

More than 170 owners from across California parked their pristine show cars on the Veterans Memorial Park grass to proudly show off their work to thousands of vintage-car fans.

Larry Molina of Manteca won the Best in Show award for his 1958 Chevy Impala.  After working on the vehicle for two years, Molina’s was rewarded with multiple Best in Show awards. The awards are always nice, but bumping shoulders with fellow car enthusiasts is the best part of attending car shows like the Valley Springs show, according to Molina.

“The real enjoyment is going to shows and meeting people,” said Molina. “You get a lot of friendship. It’s a big industry, but in the circumference of it, it’s a small world. I will meet people from Washington, Oregon, everywhere, and then we will all meet up again somewhere else. It’s a lot of fun. Meeting people is the best thing.”

Each vehicle on display had to be an American muscle car built in 1975 or prior. Outside of the year and make, each car owner had the freedom to design their show cars in any way they saw fit. Everything from hot rods, to trucks and vans got a chance to shine at the Valley Springs show.

“My favorite thing is seeing everyone’s style,” said Gregory Leland of Stockton. “You can tell a lot by how different people build their cars. There aren’t any real guidelines, so you can get really creative.”

Outside of Best of Show, the event gave out 26 other awards, including recognition for best interior, best motor, farthest distance traveled and best paint. A raffle was held in which the winner could receive either a Chevy 350 Small Block engine or $1,000 in cash.

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