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j' 6B Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter # I M. Kate West Staff Writer To hear Lake Almanor street rodder Bud Bosworth tell the tale, his involvement with street rods was pure happenstance. "This all started around 1994 and I became involved with cars due to my friend Bob Harrison," he said. Bosworth said he and Harrison had attended the 1994 Silver Auction at Hot August Nights. "We .were sitting up in the stands when this 1930 Model A pickup truck entered the bidding area. I didn't have any plans to buy a car but then Bob just started bidding and then he kept bidding and bidding. "The price just kept going up and up and I finally had to tell him -- if you bid one more time you're buying the truck!" Bosworth said. Now, 20 years later, the truck is no longer black but a pearl white with gray fenders. At the time of purchase the truck came with a 342 cc Chrysler engine and that same engine is still purring like a kitten today. "This was my first project Lake A/manor Street Rodder Bud Bosworth enjoys sharin t story about how he came home with a truck he didn" g he to buy Photo by M. Kate West t set out car and the start of the mess. I rebuilt the engine and transmission, had the seat reupholstered and changed the exterior paint," he said. Bosworth currently has two street rods: the pickup truck and a modified 1941 Studebaker Champion. In acquiring the Studebaker he said the only thing he needed to do was paint it. "The past owners in Canton, Ohio, had done the street rod I ..... r'- -- ~iI ~® Nationally Known, Local V Owned 445 Main Street, Chester • 530-258-3151 conversion. It has a 350 cc, slightly modified engine with a 770R4 transmission. It's a long story, but Bob was behind my ownership of this car too," he said. As to what holds his continued interest in street rods, Bosworth said, "I like playing with cars. My wife, Jan, and I frequently travel to shows in the Model A pickup. "In our long-distance travel we have been as far Loveland, Colorado, twice as far north as Spokane, Washington." Bosworth has entered a car in the Street Rod Extravaganza every year but one. He is a member of the Lake Almanor Street Rodders, which is coordinating the event this year for the Almanor Recreation and Park District. Bosworth is in charge of the 2014 Poker Run. Proud Sponsors"for 2014 Complete Foreign & DOm Stie : Automotive & Truck Repair ~.//7 " ] -. Street Rod Weekend -- off All Clothing 140 Main St., Old Towne Chester 530-258-2150 M. Kate West Staff Writer "I was 15 years old when I first became involved with cars. I bought a two-door 1947 Chevy and I had to make it work," Mark Stefani said. Since that time, many cars have come and gone and, most interesting, variety seems to rule in the Stefani household. Over his life, Mark has owned and restored a 1956 Ford sedan, a 1964 and "a half" Mustang, a 1959 Chevy Impala, a 1967 Fiat 850, a 1968 Fiat 850, a 1958 Fiat 600, a 1958 Nash Metropolitan, a 1968 Triumph TR 250 and another 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster. Mark and his wife, Jean, currently own two treasures: a 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster two-door sedan and a 1955 Chevrolet first series 3100 pickup. Street rods have always been a way of life for the Stefanis and they each have found personal rewards in car-related activities. "I enjoy the analyzing and reconstruction of each car as I gain the satisfaction of making them run again and then driving them," he said. "I like the social aspect attending hot rod shows. What I enjoy most is the people you meet on the road when you are in the car," she said. "Like at a rest stop: when you stop for gas, plan for it to take 20 minutes longer. It's not the same as when you drive your regular car," Mark added. In speaking about the different things they have done together in their street rods, the couple concurred and said, "The best one was the Great Race." "The Great Race has been the highlight of our travels and involvement with cars. We crossed the United States twice," Jean said. "We went through many small towns you would never go to and folks lined the sidewalks with flags and wanted our autographs; it was unbelievable," Mark added. The Stefanis competed in the cross-country event in 2005. The race start and finish was located in Tacoma, Washington, and in heading W 11:00 to 4:30 Mark and Jean Stefani have an obvious love of cars that includes years of restorations on a variety of cars. Among their keepers is this 1955 Chevrolet first series 3100 pickup. Photo by M. Kate West for the designated turnaround location in In 2011, the couple and Washington, D.C., the couple the Lake Almanor Street crossed many states and Rodders pretty much took visited many towns, over the coordination of The Stefanis have the chamber's event. participated in the Street Rod This year, the event has Extravaganza for about 20 found a new home with the years. Almanor Recreation and In 2010, they volunteered to Park District and the work behind the scenes with Stefanis, along with the Chester-Lake Almanor Lake Almanor Street Chamber of Commerce SRE Rodders, are once again event coordinator/chamber coordinating the event. director Garn Pringle. 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