Winners of the 10th Annual Gualala Arts Auto Show & 8th Annual Pinewood Derby

Gualala Arts Presents

10th Annual Auto Show and 8th Annual Pinewood Derby

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm. Auto check in Friday, July 20, 2 to 4 pm and Saturday, July 21, 7 to 9:30 am.

Arts Center grounds



2018 10th Anniversary Gualala Arts Auto Show Winners!

Best in Show winners Paul and Vivian Johnson with their 1933 3-window Ford coupe.

Best in Show:  Paul & Vivian Johnson 1933 Ford 3-window coupe

Jim Grenwelge Terrace Award:  Tim Kerrigan 1956 Ford F-100 and Ron Stafford, Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster

1st Place Hot Rod:  Charles Douglas, 1934 Ford Coupe

1st Place Custom-Modified:  Danny & vicki Ausmus 1959 Chevrolette Corvette

1st  Place Sports Car:  Tie: Alex Ross 2011 Lotus & Chris Feddersohn 2005 Lotus Elise

1st Place Stock:  Barry Swain 1962 Chevrolet Impala

1st Place Truck:  Donn Edlund 1970 Chevrolet El Camino

Best Interior:  Gary Gwin  1941 Chevrolet Truck

Best Motor:  Barbrie Yaw 1969 Potiac Firebird

Best Paint:  Mike Brown 1948 Ford F-1 Truck

Most Creative:  Ron Porcelli 1955 Chevrolet 150 2-door sedan

Best Motor:  Brad Seder 1947 Plymouth P-15 Special Deluxe

Point Arena Lighthouse Survivor Award:  Neil dolce 1965 Rambler Merlin Fast-back

Mechanics Daughter Award:  Michael Barron-Wike 1999 Porsche 911

People’s Choice Award:  Eric Jackson 1970 Plymouth Cuda

Lions Club Award:  Rod & Judy Ferguson Ford 2-door sedan Hump back

Longest Distance Traveled:  Daniel Bryan 1938 Oldsmobile 2-door sedan

Ladies Choice:  Rick Bonds 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Surf Super Pick:  Barry Swain 1962 Chevrolet Impala

Gualala Super Market Pick:  Gary & susan Hunter 1964 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible

Grenwelge Terrace winners Tim Kerrigan (l) for his 1956 Ford F-100 truck and Ron Stafford for his Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster.

Check out “Summernationals” Pinewood Derby winners here.


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.  The tenth year marks a special anniversary and planning has already started on this much anticipated event!

As happens every year, car enthusiasts will gather in the Arts Center parking lot to show off their vehicles, swap stories and marvel at all the classic cars. Vehicles will be judged for best Custom/Modified, Hot Rod, Sports Car, Stock, and Trucks with special awards for Ladies’ Choice, Judge’s Awards, People’s Choice and others. The show is not juried and trophies are awarded.

Auto Show Entry Check-in:  Friday, July 20, 2 to 4 pm and Saturday, July 21, 7 to 9:30 am.

Thanks to our many 2018 Auto Show Sponsors!

North Coast Brewing

North Coast Brewing Co.

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Black Oak Catering


And our many in-kind RAFFLE donors!

Gualala Arts values and appreciates our many generous local sponsors who make the Annual Gualala Arts Auto Show and Pinewood Derby possible.Jim & Rosie Iversen, KTDE 100.5 FM, Go Local Surf Market, Franny’s Cup & Saucer, Sea Ranch Building Supply, Susan Grenwelge, Kalynn Oleson, Sharon Nickodem, Garcia River Casino, Coldwell Banker, Black Oak Catering, North Coast Brewing Co., Bear Republic Brewing Co., Steve Carnes, Gualala Lions Club, Westamerica Bank, Point Arena Lighthouse, Hal & Jane Kelley, Surf Market.



Best Interior

Best Motor

Best of Show

Best Paint

Custom/Modified S

Hot Rod S

Mechanic’s Daughter

Jim Grenwelge Terrace Award

Judges Choice Awards

Ladies’ Choice

Lions Club Award 

Longest Distance Traveled Redwood Coast Chamber

Most Creative

Point Arena Lighthouse Survivor Award 

Sports Car

Surf Market Pick


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Summernationals Pinewood Derby Team Sponsors

CNA Metalworks

Gualala Supermarket

Sea Ranch Building Supply

Entertainment at the 10th Anniversary Gualala Arts Auto Show will be provided by Brad Wilson and “The Rhythm Drivers,” a high energy blues band. They draw from the blues tradition to create a dynamic soul-infused style that is very danceable.  Brad Wilson’s old school approach to the blues was heavily influenced by his older brother Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, but he has also had an opportunity to meet many of the great bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Lazy Lester and other contemporary bluesmen who have inspired him. “The Rhythm Drivers” play in the various styles of Swamp, Chicago, Delta, and West Coast blues yet maintain a contemporary sound. Brad leads the band with his soulful vocals and amplified harmonica playing to create a heartfelt style that still maintains danceability. Bring your dancing shoes!

Enjoy good summertime food!  Hot dogs and burgers, chicken, salmon and veggie burgers, pizza fresh from the Gualala Arts pizza oven (cheese, pepperoni, or veggie), ice cream for dessert, sodas, water, wine and beer!

Black Oak Catering will have breakfast ready for those early registrations! Tanya Radtkey will be offering biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, and other entree options from 7 a.m. until the food runs out!  Black Oak Catering uses only the freshest organic ingredients and all of Tanya’s culinary delights are created with love!

Other Auto Related Happenings on the Coast!

Dirty Jack’s Drive-In Car Show! From noon to 5 pm on Friday, July 20, visit Dirty Jack’s adjunct car show at the Gualala Hotel and enjoy a hot dog and friendly auto-driven banter of the many car enthusiasts visiting the coast! Pick up your Point Arena Lighthouse Cruise the Coast discount ticket!

Point Arena Lighthouse Cruise the Coast! Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 10 am to 4:30 pm – Cruise the Coast encourages participants and guests of this unique automotive themed weekend to make the cruise up our beautiful coast to visit the iconic and picturesque Point Arena Lighthouse, and take advantage of the great photo opportunities it offers.  In past years we have had many of the hot cars from both shows park around the Tower with their owners and other visitors taking some wonderful photos, both from the top of the Tower and at the base. We also love having the guests that attend the shows get another chance to see these beautiful machines in a coastal setting after seeing them under the cool redwoods of the Art Center or behind the Gualala Hotel.  Attendees to either show will be able to pick up a ticket to Cruise the Coast that will let the holder get a Museum and Tower tour for the discounted price of $3 which is a $4.50 savings over the regular admission. For all other visitors the normal admission rates will apply. 


Rex Burnett Auto Art Exhibit

Rex Burnett in his studio, circa 1948.

In the Elaine Jacob Foyer, auto enthusiasts will delight in the drawings by the creative genius Rex Burnett, who was a long-time Sea Ranch resident and patron of Gualala Arts. In the postwar forties Burnett worked as a technical illustrator in the aircraft industry when he participated in the birth of the classic Hot Rod® magazine and started drawing for the publication.

The exhibit will feature his cutaway drawings done without the benefit of computers and 3-D CAD programs. These pieces have attracted attention from not only hot rod buffs but also from the art world. One of his most famous drawings is the Pierson Brothers Coupe. In 2008, the Behring Auto Museum at Blackhawk featured his work in a one-man show and some drawings were part of an exhibit at the Oakland Museum entitled “The Men and Machines of the California Car Culture.”

Drawing of Pierson Brother’s Coupe detail

Gualala Arts is proud to once again feature Burnett’s works.



Carl Olson in the Winner’s Circle at the 1972 National Hot Rod Association WINTERNATIONALS, his first major victory.

Also on exhibit will be automobilia from drag racing legend Carl “The Hooligan” Olson.  Olson was a leader in the drag racing segment of the auto racing industry for decades, including a stint as National Hot Rod Association Vice President for International Relations.

In 1946, at the tender age of 3, Olson attended his first oval track event.  Olson first drove a fuel dragster in 1964, but his greatest success on the strip came when he joined up with Mike Kuhl and by 1972 he was IHRA Top Fuel World Champion and a regular Top Fuel Dragster winner at NHRA events. He attended and participated in thousands of track events, especially ovals, throughout his impressive racing career.  A lifelong Angeleno, Olson cut his drag racing teeth in Jr. Fuel and Top Fuel, partnering with a number of teams leading up to his competitive 1969 Top Fuel ride with Bill Stecker and Jack Ewell before striking out on his own in 1971 with the Woody Gilmore-built Black Plague II car, which he purchased from Frank Rupert and Steve Pick.

Carl Olson stages the Kuhl & Olson dragster at Orange County International Raceway, California in 1973.

Olson won the last Top Fuel dragster eliminator to be held at Lions. By 1976 he had finished his racing career and took a Vice President’s role with the NHRA.  Olson received the NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.  His many years in the racing industry have earned him innumerable honors and trophies. Olson was owner and driver of The Hooligan dragster (pictured, right), which is how he earned his nickname.

He was inducted into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.


2017 Best of Show and People’s Choice: Mike Williams of Sacramento for his 1948 Packard Station Sedan Woodie with a customized tailgate.

It will be a day of great fun, good food, a little music, and shared automobilia.

Brizio friends & family hot rods (photo by Sharon Nickodem)

Go here to view last year’s auto show. Check back for details about the 2018 show in coming months.