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24th Annual Cloverdale Car and Motorcycle Show
24th Annual Cloverdale Car and Motorcycle Show

Keeping Our Driving Past AND Our Driving Future Present!

Jul 30, 2017
by Carol Russell


Remember your first car? With savings from her babysitting and odd jobs, Californian Reece bought a 1941 Plymouth Coupe (the fondly remembered “Betsy”) when both were 16. Ex-NYer Carol, who’s only a few years younger than Reece, bought her first car 17 years later: a 1974 Chevy Nova (at 8 mpg the names Carol and her spouse, Roz, called this otherwise fine car can’t be repeated!)

At 7p.m. Friday, September 8th, we’ll cruise back to the past along with car (and good times!) loving friends, neighbors and visitors waving and cheering as the fabled 24th Annual Cloverdale Car and Motorcycle Show kicks-off with its incomparable “Cruise” of classics down Cloverdale Boulevard featuring an amazing range of memory-provoking restorations, from dignified family sedans to lowriders bebopping along. All followed by great music, food, wine, crafts, family fun and more at Friday Night Live in the Plaza and at local restaurants and businesses.   

Saturday, the 9th, starts at 8 a.m. with the traditional Pancake Breakfast at the Cloverdale Senior Center. Then it’s time to stroll back into the past along Cloverdale Blvd. while marveling at the display of 100s of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles--some dating back before most of us were born. Talking with the classics’ owners you soon realize how much they love them. Just like so many of us love our first car. Reece occasionally spots another “Betsy”, while even Carol admits to sighing over a Nova. Oh, the memories! (For more information: Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce; 707-894-4470)

We talked with Carol’s neighbor, Carol Young, who with husband Don realized about three years ago that they wanted to find something fun that they could do together. What started as a brief comment from a friend turned into a passion for them both: classic cars and car shows! Each weekend from early May to mid-October, the Youngs travel throughout Northern California showing their classic cars – a 1956 Chevy and a 1971 Camero – both of which deservedly won a first in their class award in the 2015 Cloverdale show. The couple has made friends with the same interest through the Cloverdale Roadrunners Club, which Carol Young fondly describes as the “local car club with a small town feel”, especially since the Car Show (which the Roadrunners and the Chamber partner to put on) raises money for the community, including our high school’s vocational programs. (For more information on the Club plus cool photos and videos of recent Car Shows:

And What of Our Driving Future? Want to own the cars of the future? Save on gas? Reduce greenhouse gases and quit producing smog? As more and more charging stations pop-up in our city, county, and throughout the country, more and more drivers are considering an electric vehicle (EV). Here’s your opportunity to learn more and save substantial money on your purchase! On Friday, August 11thSonoma Clean Power (SCP) brings its successful Drive EverGreen incentive program to their booth on Cloverdale Boulevard during Friday Night Live.

On August 8th, SCP launches its second year of incentives that make it possible for Sonoma and Mendocino County residents to enjoy marked savings from local dealers on EV purchases of: Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul, BMWi3, VW eGolf, Ford Focus Electric, Mercedes Benz B, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt or a Kia Optima Hybrid. Possible additional incentives are available through the State and North Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District.

So come to Cloverdale during the last days of summer to rediscover our driving past and explore our driving future!

 Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell and Reece Foxen





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