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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 9B M. Kate West never been restored -- it's all original wood for Staff Writer practical purposes. The vehicle has been well maintained and has received paint touch ups as needed," he said. Bob and Judy Tharp have been Lake "We purchased the vehicle in Fresno and it Almanor summer residents for the past 40 was too long ago to remember what it cost," years. They are also antique car enthusiasts. Judy said. And, despite the variety of vehicles they Offering history about the woody, he said, have owned over their lifetimes, the Sept. 12 "The original owner was a New York Street Rod Extravaganza event will be the first deliveryman who gave the vehicle to his son time they have ever entered a car show. and his wife to drive to California. "We have friends tell us all the time that we "The son drove it back and forth to work as a should enter our cars, but we never have principal until he retired. He was a good friend before now, even though we go to the Chester and I had told him that if he ever wanted to get car show every year," Judy said. rid of it to give me a call. The car they are entering is a 1930 Model A "He gave me a call and I believe we paid Ford enclosed woody wagon; so rare it may $8,000 for it," Bob said. very well be the only enclosed model of its "That was like $80,000 back then," she added. kind in existence, according to Bob Tharp. Currently, the Tharps also own a 1930 Rolls He also said most of the woody delivery Royce limousine touring car and have owned a vehicles have glass all the way around and not multitude of other classic cars through the wood panels, years. "Back then they had a variety of these "I don't show them, I buy them because I models that could be purchased. Very much enjoy them," he said. like a special order, the purchaser told the He also said he hasn't bought a classic car in body maker how he or she wanted it built," he over 20 years, perhaps due to the passion he said. calls "the beauties." Other than replacing the original engine "I've bought a lot of older planes. I purchase with a 1974 Ford Pinto 2.0 liter, the car is in them, restore them and fly them," he added. nearly original condition. He also said this hobby is something he gave The Tharps purchased the vehicle 43 years up 10 years ago. ago. The Tharps winter in Ridgecrest, located on "We're the second owners. The woody has the Mohave Desert below Mt. Whitney. Lake Almanor summer residents Judy enclosed woody wagon in the Sept. 12 and Bob Tharp will be entering this 1930 Model A Ford Street Rod Extravaganza car show in Chester. Chester resident Gary Hawk is a Iongtime muscle car fan. He will have this 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air on display during the Sept. 12, Street Rod Extravaganza. Photos by M. Kate West M. Kate West Staff Writer You definitely know you have the fever when you start browsing websites looking for the car of your dreams and that's just how Chester redder Gary Hawk found his car. "I was on eBay several years ago and found two 1957 Chews. I entered the bidding, but did not meet the price on either," Hawk said. Doing a little further research he discovered that the two cars were being offered by Vangard Auto Sales, a company that specializes in muscle cars. "I contacted them directly and bought the car. It was shipped from Detroit to Chester by truck," he added. His dream car is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan with a 350-cubic inch engine, 328 horsepower and a new 700R4 transmission. Two years ago, after the truck was unloaded, Hawk took it out for a spin. "The first time I drove it the electrical wires shorted out and caught on fire. I stopped the car and pulled the wires to prevent any further damage. It was a good adventure my first ride out," Hawk admitted. He said once the electrical issue was fLxed, he installed all new carpet and insulation. "It was my winter project and I drove it awhile with the old engine," he said. In 2014, the Chevy finally had its new engine and transmission. "Phoenix Engines of Arizona built the crate motor for me and friends helped me with the installation." Hawk said he first became enamored of hot rods in the 1960s. "In the 60s everybody had muscle cars; Mustangs, CheveUes, '57 Chevys and GTOs," he said. He also said his current car is not his first muscle car. "I had a 1969 Mustang 4-speed, 289-cubic-inch," love "1 was on eBay several years ago and found two 1957 Chevy's. I entered the bidding, but did not meet the price on either." Gaff Hawk he added. When asked how much time had elapsed between his owning the Mustang and his Chevy Bel Air, he said, "It was about a 40-year dry spell between the two cars. "I was raising a family and the money wasn't there to get into hot rods. My kids were the priority, they're family." Hawk, who was born and raised in Ft. Bragg, moved to Chester in 2003 after accepting the position of maintenance supervisor at Collins Pine. This will be the second straight year Hawk has entered his Chevy in the annual Street Rod Extravaganza car show on Sept. 12. M. Kate West Staff Writer Lake Almanor West summer residents Marge and Ward Keyes will, for the second year in a row, show their 1949 Deluxe Chevrolet convertible in the Street Rod Extravaganza car show being held in the Chester Park, Saturday, Sept. 12. The burgundy beauty is powered with a Chevy six-cylinder engine that has been Lake Almanor West summer residents Marge and Ward Keyes built up to 305 horsepower, with their 1949 Deluxe Chevrolet convertible entered in the The car has an automatic Street Rod Extravaganza car show in the Chester Park, transmission, power steering and Saturday, Sept. 12. The fundraiser is a fun way for the disc brakes, community to show its appreciation for the hard working "We bought the car three years volunteers at the Hamilton Branch Fire District. ago, but have known the car since Corky and Bonnie McMillan of San Diego began the restoration. Concurring, Ward added, SRE, the Wards have also 'After Corky passed away, "Many of the local street rodders participated in the Chester Napa Bonnie was hesitant to sell the have helped us to meet newCar Show and the Susanville Car car so it remained in her garage people and learn about the area. Show. for approximately 10 years," he "My neighbor Kenny Porteous, The Keyes bought their said. who owns an award winning 1937 summerhouse in 1998. Before When the Keyes were offered Studebaker, has been very that, they owned a ranch in the opportunity to purchase the helpful to me and with my Orland and used to weekend in car their first mission was to Chevy." Lake Almanor. They winter in bring it up to standard by In addition to entering the 2014 Yuma, Arizona. changing the old fluids. "We hadacarlikethiswhen W (Be " ed we were first married, he add . This is not the Keyes first classic car. They have previously owned a 1940 Ford and a 1953 NFL & MLB Earrings, Bracelets, Necklaces & Sunglasses Chevy. As with their current classic, additional work was minor and only included motor Purses Jewelry Hats Rings improvements and fluid changes. 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