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3rd Annual
Gualala Arts Auto Show

Gualala Arts Auto Show 2011
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts Center

If you are car enthusiasts and love the nostalgia of old cars, you'll love the Gualala Arts Auto Show.

Gualala Arts Auto Show Gualala Arts Auto Show

Located on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Gualala Arts Center, this is a car show you can actually stroll through, talk to the owners and appreciate each car, truck or motorcycle for the piece of art it is.

Gualala Arts Auto Show Best of Show in 2010 was Michael and Erica Umphenour's 1932 Ford Three-Window Coupe, remembered as sweet eye candy. Best motorcycle was won by Gary Greenowgh with a never-to-be-forgotten 1996 Harley Kiss-Tribute, but getting here is the dream road for Ducati owners and everyone who loves wind in their hair.

There are eleven classes plus display only, entries include the oldies, the very creative and some great new models you might not have seen. There is even a prize for longest distance traveled as people come from all over California to enjoy the sparkling ocean drive set off by the mystery of the redwood forests. This auto show was extremely well received last year and once again street rod buffs will fill Highway 1 for the run to Gualala. The event promises to become a permanent "happening."

This free admission show opens at 10:00 a.m. for the public and closes at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for purchase on the grounds from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Beverages (wine, beer, soft) are available all day. The awards ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. There is a People's Choice award, so come prepared to cheer your choice.

Rhythm Drivers Download the Auto Show Registration Form here.

Rhythm Drivers

The Rhythm Drivers are a popular bay area blues and vintage rock band that feature the soulful lead singer and harmonica player Brad Wilson plus the dynamic guitarist Johnny "Tsunami."

This dynamic duo plus an excellent rhythm section of David French on bass and Steve DuBois on drums will create a fervor of dancers as they conjure up their high energy music.

They've been featured at "Biscuits and Blues" in San Francisco plus other popular venues and festivals and have wowed and entertained crowds since 2004 but their passion for the music goes back to the 1950s.

What a combo, vintage blues and rock with vintage autos!

Award Winners

BEST IN SHOW  Dave Sambad 1955 Chevy Bel-Air
BEST PAINT  Gary Greenough 1996 Dyna Wide Glide Harley Davidson KISS
BEST INTERIOR  Jim & Rosie Iverson 1938 Chevy Coupe
BEST MOTOR  Michael Umphenour 1970 Super Sport
MOST CREATIVE  Don L. Miller 1998 Saturn Transformer V
LONGEST DISTANCE TRAVELED  Ted Davis 2005 Lotus (213 miles)
PEOPLE'S CHOICE  Dave Bonbright 1951 Hudson Hornet
LADIES CHOICE  Tammy Bagley 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
PIRATES CHOICE  Charlie Hardin 1963 Lincoln
SURF SUPER PICK  Bob Fowler 1967 Cadillac
TERRACE AWARD  Harry Hardin 1928 Ford Sedan
Dragster 1st   Waterman/Hampshire
Dragster 2nd   Iron Horse Dragster
HOT SEAT  Starla Resuer 
American pre- 1973 1st Starla Reuser 1955 Chevy Belair - brought back from Idaho
 2nd Tom & Donna Cropp 1941 Buick
Antique Auto/Truck pre-1939 1st Bob Baker 1936 Olds
 2nd Richard Howell 1932 Ford Roadster
Commercial 1st Michael Starr Taxi
Contemporary 1st Don L. Miller 1998 Saturn Transformer V
 2nd Jack  Chladek 2005 Chevy SSR
Foreign pre- 1973 1st Chrissy Sullivan 1963 Porsche 356 B T6 cabriolet
 2nd Harvey Roberts 1962 MG A LT
Modified 1920 - 1929 1st Liz Hardin 1929 Ford Model A
Modified 1930 - 1939 1st Barry (Strawbarry) Steele 1934 Chevy Town Sedan street rod
 2nd Bob Giuntoli 1936 Ford 3 window coupe modified
Modified 1940 - 1949 1st David Metcalfe 1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe
Modified 1950 - 1959 1st Larry Marcom 1955 Chevy 2-door H.T. modified
 2nd Barry Swain Bill Mitchell 454C1 Small Block 600 HP
      w/ Inglese EFI stack system
Modified 1960 - 1973 1st Bill & M-L Reinking 1965 Cherolet Chevelle 2-door sedan
 2nd Terry J Myers 1963
Motorcycle Modified all years 1st Gary Greenough 1996 Dyna Wide Glide Harley Davidson KISS
Motorcycle pre-1973 1st Loren Adrian 1962 Chang Jiang
Motorcycle Stock all years 1st Antonio Costa Indian Motorcycle 100th Ann. 1901-2001
Pick-up pre- 1973 1st Mikey Martini 1964 Chevrolet El Camino
 2nd René Péron 1946 Dodge Pick-up
Race Car pre-1973 1st Dave Bonbright 1951 Hudson Hornet
Sports pre- 1973 1st Bob Baker 1942 Jeep
Stock 1930 - 1939 1st Rose Warner 1939 Plymouth P8 Touring Sedan
 2nd Bruce Esenbersol 1931 Model A
Stock 1950 - 1959 1st Rick Dunham 1958 Chevy Carry all Napco 4 x 4 Stock
Stock 1960 - 1973 1st Michael Umphenour 1970 Super Sport 396w 4 speed
      a/c rare saddle interior red
 2nd Tammy Bagley 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe

Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby will also be featured at the Gualala Arts Auto Show. Purchase your official Boy Scouts of America car kit either from Gualala Arts or from any Scouts headquarters (Scout Shop, 1000 Apollo Way, Suite 106, Santa Rosa). It will consist of a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles.

Youth and those young at heart will be able to design and build their very own custom car to race or enter as an Art Car. Classifications include 12 and under, 13 to 18 and 19 years and older for racing. Noncompetitive classes are Historic (with owners choice to race) and Art Car. There will be racing trophies.

Boy Scouts of America are bringing their own official track. Download the Pinewood Derby Registration Form or pick one up at Gualala Arts Center.

Pinewood Derby Winners

12 Years and Under - Group A

1st place - #T4 - Tali Arvayo
2nd place - #58 - Emmett Stephens

12 Years and Under - Group B

1st place - #4 - Zidane Koller
2nd place - #107 - Matthew Eidenberger

13 - 18 Years

1st place - #6 - Garrett Gunheim
2nd place - #15 - Arambel Olesen

19 + Years

1st place - #3 - Alan Ricioli
2nd place - #4 - Diane Maxwell

Open Class

1st place - #7 - Colton Osborne
2nd place - #4 Robert Wise

Overall Winner Among all Classes

#4 Zidane Koller

Special Mention in Art Class

Zephyr Gunheim - Her car was not 7 inches long - It was a foot!

3rd Annual
Gualala Arts Auto Show

Gualala Arts Center
July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

Gualala Arts Auto Show, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2011

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gualala Arts, 1961 - 2011

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.