Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for the tenth annual Mission Classic Car Show at the Sports Park at Sharyland Plantation. Absent show founder Jim Schroeder for the first time since his passing last fall, the Schroeder family put together another great car show with lots of help from the Mission Paving staff, the City of Mission, Parks & Recreation, the chamber and volunteers.
With much emotion she could not suppress, Mindy Schroeder announced the recipient of the first Jim Schroeder award, in memory of her dad. This award for –Outstanding Mopar – was presented to Robert Anderson, of Donna, for his 1972 Dodge Challenger. Anderson’s Challenger also captured the Greg Cassity Award for Outstanding Muscle Car. Some cars received multiple awards since different judges made these special award selections.
Other memorial awards included the Jim Best Award for Outstanding Modified to William West of Alamo for his 1962 Chevy Bubble-top Belair, and Carl Johnson Award for Outstanding Ford to Joe Garcia, Edinburg, 1967 Ford Galaxie. John O’Conner’s 1954 Chevy 3100 pickup won the Manny Abrego Award for Best Custom.
Top winner of this year’s show, capturing the Best in Show Award, was Steve Thompson, of Kerrville, with a 1932 Ford Roadster. The car also received first place Street Rod/Custom and Outstanding Convertible/Roadster.
With over $5,000 in prizes and about 40 awards presented, there were winners of lesser awards, such as Best Interior, Best Flames and Best Paint. But the most coveted awards – besides Best in Show – were the top places in the five divisions, which included Classic, Muscle Car, Street Rod/Custom, Hot Rod Custom and Specialty.
In the Classic Division, first place was awarded to Pat Santos, of Pasadena for his 1949 Dodge Pickup. Second place was Abe Maldonado, 1969 Camaro Z28, and third was Jose Cohen, 1948 MG TC.
John Barkkan, of Harlingen, took top honors in the Muscle Car Division with his 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. Second was Henry Falcon, 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, while third went to Esteban Munoz, 1965 Ford Mustang.
In the Street Rod/ Custom Division, Thompson took first place. James and Paula Cameron won second with their 1937 Ford Pickup, and Don Thompson, of San Antonio, won third place with his 1934 Ford 2-Door Sedan.
Next up was the Hot Rod Custom Division, where Henry and Mary Nunn, of Hutto, won first place with a 1965 Chevy C10 Pickup. John O’Conner, Pharr, was second with his 1954 Chevy 3100 Pickup, and third was Curt Huff, 1968 Mercury Cougar.
The last of the five major divisions was Specialty, where Richard Wolfe took first place with his 1965 Cobra. Second place went to Moses Mendoza, Harlingen, 1926 Ford Model T. Third place was Larry Watson’s 1972 Oldsmobile Ambulance.
Mayor’s Choice Award was James and Paula Cameron’s 1937 Ford Pickup. Exhibitor’s Choice was Ray Clay’s 1968 Camaro. We Like It Award went to Ron Winchell’s 1928 Ford Model A Pickup, and Ladies Choice was Curt Huff’s 1968 Mercury Cougar.
Outstanding Volunteer awards went to Alyssa Novotny, Jessica Aguilon, Marilyn Huff and Xavier Leal.
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