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8B Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Extravaganza attracts car nthusiasts to Chester Park M. Kate West Chester Editor chesternews@plurnasnews.com Turkington with the assistance of a few volunteers. In keeping with tradition, the 29th annual Street Rod Extravaganza will be held in the Chester Park, Sept. 12, the Saturday immediately following the Labor Day weekend. This event has always been held in the pastoral setting of mountain oaks and cool green lawns along the North Fork of the Feather River. Chester Park has been one of the "wild cards" that has stacked the deck and assured the ongoing popularity of this annual event. Ratcheting up the popularity factor even more, the premiere event draw has always been the afternoon "Cruise Around Lake Almanor" poker run that offers a 35-mile driving tour with lake views, flora, wildlife and scenic mountain vistas. The Street Rod Extravaganza draws an average of 135 participants each year, although past registration records show the all-time high attendance at 250 entries. In the beginning, SRE was a vision of Chester resident and Plumas County Deputy Sheriff Tom Turkington. "He was also a founding member of the local Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Club," said 25-year SRE judge Rick Trebes. The first event in 1985 was a solo effort managed by The second year the event was opened to cars and trucks built through 1964. Turkington's solo event management became a team effort when fellow club members Rick and Pam Trebes, Red and Sandy Meyers, J.J and Paula Johnson, and Dan and Vicki Bickle joined him. "As a team, we continued to improve upon and offer the M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.com "Things have really changed a lot with street rods. In the 1960s you left the cars or trucks in primer paint and put flames on them. ! "The next trend was bright paint and flashy wheels, and today, the trend is shifting more to the 1960s style of not so much chrome and flashy paint, but more originality," Chester rodder Wes Scott said about his current project, a 1955 Chevrolet pick-up truck. "I purchased my truck annual car show up until we i from a street rodder in Santa reached our 10th anniversary Cruz 10 years ago. At the time in 1995," Trebes said. At that time the volunteers passed the baton of the annual Street Rod Extravaganza into the hands of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. In 2014, the event found its new home with Almanor Recreation and Park District. Street rodder Mark Stefani led the coordination team. Members of the 2014 team putting on the event were Jean Stefani, Bruce Carlson, Eric Rudgers and Jan and Bud Bosworth. SRE was opened to cars and motorcycles of any year in 2014 when the focus changed to having fun listening to great music and being able to network with fellow car enthusiasts. At the conclusion of last year's event the rodders retired and the ARPD board members are solely coordinating the 29th annual Street Rod Extravaganza. i of purchase, the vehicle had I been modified as a 1960s street rod -- everything that could be chromed was chromed, it was very dated. "I liked the truck body because it was so intact. The sheet metal was in very good condition. It had good bones," he said. Scott said over the truck's life it has been painted red, blue and black. The new red I paint on the front of the i vehicle was applied after i Scott stripped the old paint to j bare metal. 1 ! "With the exception of the I paint application, all work on the vehicle has been completed by me," said Scott. Since his purchase, his work in progress received a number of modifications. "I grafted a complete Corvette drive train onto the itruck and installed a 1986 350-cubic-inch Corvette i engine that was modified to i develop 350 horsepower," Chester street rodder Wes Scott displays his work in progress, a 1955 Chevrolet pick-up. This rod's rumble is powered by a modern 350-cubic-inch Corvette engine. Photo by M. Kate West "With the exception of the paint application, all work on the vehicle has been completed by me." he said. The interior of the truck is also a work in progress. "My ultimate goal is leather upholstery and carpeting," he added. The vehicle is a column shift automatic with the original instrumentation. As to how long he has been Wes Scott interested in street rods Scott said, "As long as I can remember, I've always wanted to build a street rod. "My dad wouldn't let me build a street rod. My fin'st car was a Model A and he wouldn't let me modify it, I had to restore it to original. Building a street rod was always a dream of mine. "I restored the Model A when I was 16. At that age I was also dating my wife-to-be Jane. You have to start sometime; cars get in your blood," he said. Scott retired from University of California Santa Cruz in 2007. Chester businessman and 30-year friend Garn Pringle introduced the Scotts to Lake Almanor. "We frequently vacationed in the area and in 2005, two years before Scott's retirement, the couple made the decision to purchase a home in Chester. ,ierra Wisteria 10:00 to 5:30 Tuesday ~ Saturday From scrapes and breaks to preventive care, we offer a full spectrum of services to help you and your family live well. Text SENECA to 72727 on m and JY at our .... 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