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Motor the Mountain Car Show in McCloud

Under warm blue skies, 145 classic, one-of-a-kind, custom, rebuilt, old, and new cars and pickups lined up on the grassy field at Hoo Hoo Park on Saturday for the 9th Motor the Mountain Car Show in McCloud.

Hosted by the McCloud Chamber of Commerce, car enthusiasts from 46 different towns around California and Southern Oregon, and many locals came to show off their dream vehicles. 

It all actually started on Friday from 3 to 6:30 pm at the McCloud River Inn where owners Julie and Dan Ponzini hosted a meet and greet with a big barbeque and then a cruise around the town of McCloud led by the McCloud Volunteer Fire Department’s fire engine. This is the 2nd annual meet and greet for the car show and the Ponzinis are already working on ideas for next year to be bigger and better. There were 26 vehicles on the cruise.

At 9 am the McCloud Fire Department Association had breakfast ready for the car showgoers and at 11:30 they switched over to their lunch menu of burgers and dogs which they ended up selling all in a couple of hours.

This is a fundraiser for the Rod Ives Memorial Fund to assist in getting two full-time paid paramedics for the McCloud Fire Department. $200,000 is needed.

There will be a Fireman’s Ball at the McCloud Mercantile Grand Ball Room at 6:30 pm, on October 7th to also help raise funds. 

Gary Bostwick from the McCloud Hotel was one of the judges as he looks over a ’36 Ford Modle “67” pickup, he says, “This is the best group of cars and the greatest number of cars in my 8 years at Motor the Mountain Car Show. It is pretty impressive this year.”

Some of the Business Award winners of this year’s Motor the Mountain were McCloud River Inn: a two-tone cream and brown ’56 Mercury from Montclair. 

T.R.A.D.:  Halls Hot Rods ’56 Chevy Bel Air

McCloud Mill Works:  A green ’48 MG TC

McCloud RV Park:  ’64 Chevelle Super Sport
2017 Red Chevy Corvette owned by Deryl Elliot from Weed won Best New Car. 
The best Pickup went to Dan and Sharon’s “65 orange pickup truck with green blazes. 
Most Original went to a blue ’70 Ford Mustang Boss from Fort Jones.
Best Custom went to Butch and Carol Jeter’s ’49 Costum Plymouth.
Best Under Construction went to a ’27 Dodge Truck.

Best in Show went to Bud and Nancy Miles’ ’50 Mercury Delux.

Sponsors for the awards include Black Fox, McCloud Market, McCloud Hotel, Bogey’s Cafe, White Mountain Cafe, McCloud River B&B, Coldwell Banker, T.R.A.D., McCloud River Park, McCloud Mill Works, Siskiyou Credit Union, Don Erickson Fuel, and Rain Rock Casino for Best In Show. 

The sponsors for the raffle were JR McQueen, Shari Rouiller, Mt. Shasta, Super Market, Napa Auto Parts, Mountain Living Real Estate Group-Lexi Meadows, Ramshaws, Lake Shasta Caverns, Spill the Beans, Rugged Arrow, McCloud Market, O’Reilly Auto Parts.

 The D.J. and music were provided by WildWOman Sounds Mobile DJ. There was also a car show bingo, a 50/50 raffle, and car show items for sale. All proceeds go to support the McCloud Chamber of Commerce and next year’s car show.

For more information on events or the McCloud Fireman’s Ball, contact the McCloud Chamber of Commerce at (530) 964-3113,
website is or email [email protected].
They are located at 303 Main Street in McCloud.  

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