Hundreds of car enthusiasts packed Copperopolis Town Square May 6 for the 17th annual Hot Copper Car Show, staged by the Lake Tulloch Lions Club.

More than 220 cars of all makes and models were on display. Louis Iacopi of Half Moon Bay was proud to show off his 1923 Model T bucket racecar.

“It’s unique,” he said of his car. Though he owns two other collectables – a 1943 Chevy Coupe and a 1960 Cadillac – the Model T is his favorite: “I love it.”

“I enjoyed working with all the people (in the Lions Club) to make this successful,” said Mike McCurdy, co-chairman of the event.

Though each member on the event committee was on a large learning curve – this was the first time any of them had organized an event this size – registration Co-chairwoman Jeane Hornby felt it was a success, due in large part to the incredible commitment of the club’s members.

“This is a nonprofit,” she explained. “Everything we do is all about Copper. We raise funds to give back to the community, and we love to do it.”

The car show is the largest annual fundraiser for the Lake Tulloch Lions Club. The funds raised are returned to the community through donations made to schools, libraries and fire districts, and make possible college scholarships and vision care for area residents in need.

“What we bring in,” Hornby said Hornby, “we give out.”

Both Hornby and McCurdy kept copious notes to pass on to next year’s event coordinators in hopes that the 18th annual Hot Copper Car Show will be just as successful.

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