CALEXICO – Classic autos, low riders and custom bikes filled the downtown streets of Calexico Saturday as the Calexico Business Improvement District hosted a car show that attracted over 6,000 visitors from the Valley, Mexicali, Yuma and Palm Springs areas.
Over 120 cars showcased at the event. Visitors enjoyed music, food, gifts and live entertainment by the Calexico High School Drumline.
This year’s police chief award of best in show was awarded to Manuel Escobar for his breathtaking 1952 Chevrolet truck.
“This is a beautiful, clean truck. Truly amazing,” said Calexico Police Chief Mike Bostic. “I am in love with it and I want to buy it. However, I’m not sure if Manuel’s wife will like to sell it,” he said as he congratulated the winner.
“This is the second year I’ve exhibited my truck,” said Manuel Escobar. “I am speechless. I never thought I would win. It feels fabulous. I have worked on my truck for over 10 years and have spent over $27,000 on it,” said Escobar.
The white 1952 custom Chevrolet truck has a 350 engine and a 1952 Corvette suspension. When asked if Escobar would sell it to Bostic, Escobar replied, “I’m not sure, it is a big surprise. This truck is special. When my daughter got married she went to church in this truck and I said to her, when I die I would like you to keep it as a memory. I called my wife and told her and she cried. I have mixed feelings right now.”
The car show event is mainly to attract people to downtown Calexico and give merchants the opportunity to promote their businesses.
“I look forward to this event, this is my sixth year participating. Every year I bring a different car to exhibit. Today I brought my 1948 Chevrolet sedan Delivery,” said Ralph Vargas.[envira-gallery id=”54987”]