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San Miguel Chamber of Commerce hosts 6th annual ‘Show and Shine’ 

Ralph Garcia with his 1966 Chevy Impala Super Sport.

Ralph Garcia with his 1966 Chevy Impala Super Sport.

Car clubs throughout the Central Coast gathered this past Memorial Day weekend

–Friday kicked off San Miguel’s 6th annual “Show and Shine” Cruise Night and Car Show, featuring 150 cars in 13 different classes, including stock classics, custom classics, rat rods, and custom modern.

Car clubs from all throughout the Central Coast gathered Friday and Saturday to showcase their cars, with contestants coming from Paso Robles, Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, and even Oxnard, Shafter, Salinas, and Bakersfield.

“Cruise Night” began Friday at approximately 6:30 p.m. as contestants rolled out their lowriders, corvettes, trucks, and rat rods for all to see. Vendors lined the streets selling various wares, including shaved ice, buttons, pins, T-Shirts, Hot Wheels, and memorabilia.

The following morning at 10 a.m. began the car show, with all 150 entrants showcasing their vehicles all the way down Main Street. An awards ceremony was held later in the evening, featuring two awards: Best in Show and Peoples’ Choice.Car show san miguel

In its 6 years, this is only San Miguel’s second car show held on Memorial Day weekend. The car show, which was previously held at the end of the summer between Paso Robles and Atascadero’s car shows, saw its largest number of entrants this past year.

“We weren’t able to get many entrants with our car show being squished between Paso Robles’ and Atascadero’s car shows, so we moved ours over to Memorial Day weekend and we’ve seen a much better turnout with that.” said Collin Mumford, a volunteer at the car show’s registration booth.

Atascadero will be hosting their 24th annual “Hot El Camino Cruise Night” August 19th at 6:30 p.m. with Paso Robles’ Classic Car Show Weekend following closely on September 2nd and 3rd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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About the author: Reporter Martin Nevarez-Ulloa

Contributor Martin Nevarez-Ulloa is a student at Cuesta College.