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4th Annual
Gualala Arts Auto Show

Gualala Arts Auto Show 2012
Saturday, July 21, 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.

Best of Show in 2011 was Dave Sambad with his immaculate 1955 Chevy Bel-Air the new coveted Terrace Award went to Harry Hardin's stunning 1928 Ford Sedan hot rod.

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.

Download the Auto Show Registration Form here.

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 owner's 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.

4th Annual
Gualala Arts Auto Show

Gualala Arts Center
July, 2012

Award Winners

Classification  OwnerYear, Make, Model
BEST OF SHOW  Olivieri 2003 Harley Davidson Road King Classic
Stock 1st  Hunter1937 Ford Futura Convertible
Stock 2nd  Sheffield1953 Buick Special
Hot Rod/Modified 1st  Johnson1933 Ford 3 Window Coupe
Hot Rod/Modified 2nd  Stoke1933 Ford Pick-up
Custom lst  Orsi1957 Chevy Belaire
Custom 2nd  Costa2007 Hummer H2
Vintage pre 1973 1st  Frasinetti1965 Ford Falcon
Vintage pre 1973 2nd  Hubert1929 Ford Model A
Import 1st  Yaeger1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider
Import 2nd  Clark1979 Fiat Spider 2000 Roadster
Pick Up 1st  Morris1953 Chevy Pick-up
Pick Up 2nd  McCallister1964 Chevy Pick-up
Utility 1st  Mills1967 Land Rover 88
Contemporary 1st  Peterson2007 Ford GT
Contemporary 2nd  Hancock1999 Pontiac TransAm
Motorcycle 1st  Olivieri 2003 Harley Davidson Road King Classic
Motorcycle 2nd  Costa2001 Indian Chief
Terrace Award 1st   Johnson1933 Ford 3 Window Coupe
Terrace Award 2nd  Morris1953 Chevy Pick-up
Best Paint  Johnson1933 Ford 3 Window Coupe
Best Interior   Marcom1955 Chevy Bel Air H.T.
Best Motor  Morris1953 Chevy Pick-up
Most Creative  Morris1953 Chevy Pick-up
Surf Super Super Pick  Zajic1948 Ford Mercury Covertible
Gualala Super Market   Feeney1951 MG TD
Longest Distance Traveled  Yanagisawa1981 Delorean DMC 12
Peoples Choice  Stoke1933 Ford Pick-up
Lions Club Award  Anderson1949 Hudson Super 8
Ladies Choice  Douglas1937 Ford Coupe
Pirates Choice  Warner1929 Ford Roadster
LA Roadsters Award  Warner1929 Ford Roadster
Thunder in the Redwoods  Pitts1964 Dragster Magic Car
Thunder in the Redwoods  Chastain1971 Dragster Iron Horse
Thunder in the Redwoods  Kiley1960s Dragster Ewell/Bell/Stecker/Olson
Thunder in the Redwoods  Sid Waterman1960s Dragster Waterman/Hampshire
Racecar 1st  Denham1954 Studebaker
Racecar 2nd  Millazo1973 Bug Wasp

Pinewood Derby

The 2nd annual Gualala Arts Pinewood Derby boasted a new track, a new timing system and new race schedule with a record breaking 53 entries in four categories. A total of 58 races across all categories plus the Grand Finale were used to determine the overall winner.

As part of the Gualala Arts Summer Art Program for Youth, several of the racers built their cars with the assistance of Mark Haveman, owner of the Gualala Joinery. Some of the participants helped test the new track and its timing system in the week leading up to the big event.

The all-new four lane aluminum track was purchased using donations from several Gualala businesses and racing fans. It proved to be a big draw for race car builders both young and old. The track, which included an electronic timing system that displayed immediate finishing order, race times and scale miles per hour (SMPH) for each race, was paid for through the fundraising efforts of Mike "Bone Daddy" Thomas of Bones Roadhouse. The new racing format had every entrant running a race in each lane of the track, with all racers being able to cheer for their cars for at least four races. An average taken of all four runs was used to determine the overall winner in each class. Sponsored by Coasting Home, the final results saw trophies being awarded for 12 and under, 13 to 18 years, 19 plus years, Historic and Overall Winner categories.

Bone Daddy's Hi Boy Roadster set the overall Track Record on Saturday, with a run of 2.6009 at 190.1 SMPH during the 19 plus years category round, but was unable to duplicate that time in the Grand Finale round. Alan Ricioli of Waterman Racing took first place in the 19 plus category, with an average time of 2.6308 with SMPH 187.9. Julia Almind had taken first place in the 13 to 18 years category, with an average time of 2.8525 with SMPH of 173.4. Last year's 12 and under category and Overall Winner, Zidane Koller, used last year's car and two newly built cars to take the 12 and under and Historic classes, as well as the top three spots in the final.

Top 3 results for each racing category are shown below.

12 and Under

PlaceRacerCar #Average TimeScale MPH
1Zidane Koller332.6237188.4
2Zidane Koller342.6563186.1
3Marco Russo62.6711185.1

13 - 18 Years

PlaceRacerCar #Average TimeScale MPH
1Julia Almind472.8525173.4
2Nicholas Lawrence533.1640156.2

19+ Years

PlaceRacerCar #Average TimeScale MPH
1Alan Ricioli412.6308187.9
2Mike "Bone Daddy" Thomas312.6407187.2
3Diane Maxwell402.6857184.2


PlaceRacerCar #Average TimeScale MPH
1Zidane Koller12.6236188.4
2Kai Sale442.8607172.8
3Matthew Eidenberger122.9256169.0

Overall Winner

PlaceRacerCar #Average TimeScale MPH
1Zidane Koller12.6246188.3
2Zidane Koller332.6247188.3
3Zidane Koller342.6459186.8

Pinewood Derby, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2012
Pinewood Derby, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2012

Pinewood Derby winners, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2012
Pinewood Derby winners: Julia Almind, Zidane Koller and Alan Ricioli

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

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