By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN
MARTINEZ, Calif. – “Madness on Main Street” Car Show drew larger crowds and more vehicles than in recent years, said Leanne Peterson, Main Street Martinez executive director. And Will Thomas of San Ramon drove off with Best of Show for his 1960 Impala convertible at the Sept. 12 show on Main Street in downtown Martinez.
“We had more people in attendance than in the past,” Peterson said.
Peterson didn’t have crowd estimates, since there was no admission charge to those who came downtown to see the vehicles. But she said she knew the show drew more spectators. Whether it’s the quality of entries or the cooling weather, she said, “It’s growing.”
This is the 19th edition of the car show that saw modern and vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles line up on Main Street and spread out into side street displays.
The show has changed organizers through the years, Peterson said. Once Main Street took it over, staff recruited the Midnighters Car Club of Martinez. “They do a great job. They park the cars, do the judging and get the trophies,” Peterson said.
And the club gave out plenty of awards, from personal choices to official “Best of” categories, as well as to those whose vehicles earned lesser honors.
While Thomas’s Impala got the top prize, Nicki Marazzani, Main Street executive assistant, had a list of “Best of” category winners as well.
Ben and Lisa Bruno had the Best Car, a 1947 Cadillac. Randy Thompson’s 1957 Chevrolet took home Best Truck. Best Lowrider went to Eddie Garcia for his 1965 Impala, and Kevin Silverson earned Best Motorcycle for his 1999 Harley Davidson.
Of the manufacturers, Gary Schuitemaker’s 1970 Chevelle was the Best Chevrolet, Don Sea’s 1930 Ford was Best Ford, and Tomas Berry’s 1909 Dodge was named Best Mopar.