Blasts from the past

Photos and story by Mandy Valencia

Dean Martin's crooning could be heard playing on a radio, the smell of hotdogs and hamburgers was wafting through the air and classic cars were displayed at the Cars of Summer 2008 event Saturday in the Elk's Lodge parking lot.

Cars from as far back as 1923 all the way up to 1985 gleamed in the summer sun.

Although the older set of Americans is what is expected at such an event, teenagers also turned out to showcase their hard work. Aaron Pickering, 16, showed his 1967 Chevy Caprice.

"It sat outside for 10 years," Pickering said. "So I weed-whacked around it, got it out and started fixing it up."

Exalting the simplicity of older cars, Pickering said, "You could never do that with a newer car."

Mixing among the crowd were three judges, examining each car and taking notes on a judging sheet with 10 appearance points. Each car was graded on everything from paint and finish to overall authenticity.

After people milled about the parking lot winding around the cars and after each car was scrutinized, the crowd meandered back to their air-conditioned vehicles of the 21st century.

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