Calexico’s 7th Annual Car Show Attracts Over 10,000 Visitors

Marcos Espinoza (R) receives an award from Calexico Chief of Police Reggie Gomez for his spectacular sparkle orange 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo during the 7th Annual Calexico Car Show

CALEXICO – Classic autos, low riders, custom bikes, and military autos filled the downtown streets of Calexico Saturday morning as the Calexico Business Improvement District hosted their 7th annual car show attracting well over 10,000 visitors from the Valley, Mexicali, Yuma, San Diego, and the Palm Springs areas.

Over 120 cars from various local and out-of-state car clubs were showcased at the event. Visitors enjoyed music, food, gifts, and live entertainment by local group La Cachimba, local artist La Paloma, a Kung Fu Dragon Dance, and a performance of baile Folklorico.

“This year’s event turned out better than I expected, it truly is a successful event,” said Eduardo Lopez, Business Improvement District event coordinator. “Most of our food vendors sold out with the amount of people we’ve had here today. I estimate between 10,000 to 12,000 people.”

Lopez has organized the car show events every year, beginning in 2009 to this year’s 7th annual.

“I can’t believe it’s been seven years already,” said Lopez.  “The idea behind the car show is to attract people not only from the Valley and Mexicali, but from other areas like San Diego and Yuma, to come out and see what Calexico has to offer.

Yuma resident Joseph Duran said this was his third year attending the car show and has always had a good time viewing the beautiful cars while eating delicious carne asada tacos.

The Mayor and the Police Chief Choice awards have been an annual tradition and this year was no exception.

Calexico City Mayor Joong S. Kim chose a military display composed of two Raleigh bikes owned by local resident Joe Buchanan in honor of our veterans and their service and sacrifice to our country.

“Making a decision was very hard due to the love, work, and efforts that each displayed vehicle displayed,” said Kim.

Winner of this year’s Police Chief’’s choice was Marcos Espinoza for his spectacular 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo.

“I took in consideration of the car’s paint job, detail, and display in addition to the underneath of the vehicle. This by far was the one that stood out the most,” said Reggie Gomez, Calexico Police Chief.

The sparkle orange 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo has won many awards not only in the Valley, but in Southern California and Arizona.

“I am honored that the chief chose my car,” said Espinoza. “This proves that the time and money I have invested is totally worth it. I bought this car three years ago for $3,000 and have spent over $40,000 restoring it along with the help of my wife and three daughters.”

Espinoza said the Monte Carlo is now part of his family and he does not plan to sell it since it is now a family heirloom.

The car show is held to attract people to downtown Calexico and give merchants the opportunity to promote their businesses.

“I am glad this event continues to grow year after year,” said Kim.

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