'Motor the Mountain' in McCloud: small town puts on big car show

Shareen Strauss
This 1950 "Mango-Tango" Mercury with a hydraulic lift owned by Bud and Nancy Miles of Shasta Lake City won Best in Show at the Motor the Mountain Custom Car Show and Swap Meet in McCloud on Saturday Aug. 18, 2018.

Colorful cars decorated the grassy field at Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud Saturday during the Motor the Mountain Custom Car Show and Swap Meet.

People look under the hoods and in the windows of the classic cars, rat rods and retromods as music plays with an occasional sound of rumbling mufflers heard in the background. From the paint job, to the engine and interior, the cars are scrutinized, looked over and judged. The best of show winner will be featured on next year’s shirt.

Originally held on Main Street in McCloud five years ago, the car show moved last year to the high school grounds and this year to Hoo Hoo Park.

Sybil Stewart with the McCloud Chamber of Commerce described the Hoo Hoo Park venue as “wonderful.”

The show’s 91 entries came from all over Northern California.

“From old, old, old to muscle cars, I think it was an awesome show,” said Betty Awbrey of Montague. “My favorite was a white 1932 Ford coupe.”

Sandy Bordon, who helped put on the show, said, “We have by far the best prizes, the best cars, and the best attendance. We take the car show to the next level.”

Prizes were given out throughout the day, including gift baskets from local businesses, signed posters, and banners.

“This is cool,” said Trad Ronfeldt, who runs an off-road race team locally. “This is what this town needs. We need to make this car show bigger. My favorite car is the 1970 Challenger. It is all original. But it was close with the 1968 Camaro. Our town needs more events like this.”

Dennise Azevedo said, “It is nice that this small of a town can put on a big car show and it is free to see.”

George Martinez from Sacramento, attending the McCloud show for the first time, called it “by far one of the best shows we’ve seen.”

Proceeds from a barbecue put on by the McCloud Volunteer Fire Department will benefit the department.

2018 McCloud Motor the Mountain Custom Car Show winners

Best in Show – Bud and Nancy Miles, 1950 Mango-Tango Mercury with hydraulic lift.

Choice Awards – Gus Boldwin, 1938 Chevy; Jim McCurry, 1933 Plymouth; Randy Ives, 1970 Dodge.

Best Pick-Up – Ernie Quiring, SS Chevy Pickup

Best Original – Jon Ferguson, 1957 Ford Fairlane

Best Race Car – John Butler, 1929 Ford Roadster

Best Engine – Lloyd and Joyce Gentry, 1933 Willys Coupe

Best Custom – Brett Bring, 1932 Ford Coupe

Best Interior – Kathy Schnetzer, 1928 Chevy Sedan

Best Flames – John Clark, 1948 Chevy

Best Rat Rod – Jim Knight, 1927 Willys

Best Old Pickup – Jerry Benson, 1939 International pickup

Most Distance – Bill Silvera, 1938 Pontiac

Business awards

McCloud Heritage Junction Museum Award – Ernie Quiring, 1955 Chevy Pickup

McCloud Hotel Award – Allan Larkin, 1931 Ford Model A Pickup

McCloud Meat Market and Tavern Award – Wes Anderson, 1957 Ford T-Bird

Shasta Reflections Award – David Armstrong, 1972 GMC Truck 4X4

Shasta View Grill Award – Margorie MacDonald, 1966 Ford Fairlane

Siskiyou Brew Works Award – John Billdt, 1948 Willys Jeep

McCloud Realty Award – Sarah Boneham with her 1973 Ford Bronco

McCloud River Mercantile Award – Clint Gardner, 1930 Ford Model A Woody

Coyote St. Gym Award – Randy Ives, 1970 Dodge Challenger

White Mountain Café Award – Rick and Renee Rose with their 1955 Chevy Bel Air

Cindy Miller, one of the show’s coordinators, said, “Sybil Stewart and Jim Shudder have participated in the car show under the McCloud Alumni Association and now as members of the McCloud Chamber of Commerce. Without both of them this car show would not be possible. We would like to thank our sponsors, Willow Creek Ranch, Shasta Cascade Health, Tj’s Upholstery, Mechanics Bank, Comtec Distributing, Point S, Mt. Shasta, State Farm, Don Erickson Fuel, Heritage Junction Museum, McCloud Hotel, McCloud Meat Market and Tavern, Shasta Reflections, Shasta View Grill, Siskiyou Brew Works, McCloud Realty, McCloud River Mercantile, Coyote Street Gym, White Mountain Café, Baxter Auto Parts, Speedway Motors, Napa Auto Parts, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, McCloud Outdoors, Clearwater Coffee & Kitchen, Wayne and Linda Williams, O’Reilly Auto Parts who donated seven trophies for the show, and Vic Kortua, without them we could not have a car show in McCloud.”