Car hop contest delights fair-goers

March 11, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

Bad weather may have hurt the turnout at the La Gente Invitational Car Hop Contest at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta Friday, but cheers form the crowed showed they still enjoyed the hydraulics show.

Only four automobiles competed, three owned by the same car club, Red Hydraulics of Long Beach.

The other car club represented was Rostros of Imperial.

Despite the turnout, the crowd still cheered loud as the front ends of the automobiles jumped off the ground.

The first automobile, a 1995 Toyota Tacoma extended cab, jumped 32 inches on a single pump. The truck was the entry from Rostros Car Club.

The next vehicle, another truck, a 1987 Mazda, jumped 66 inches. The Mazda had double pumps.

The vehicle that may have surprised the crowd the most was a 1960 Impala station wagon. It jumped 59 inches on a single pump.


The last vehicle, a 1964 Impala called 7-Up, because of the color of the car, jumped about a foot higher than the measuring scales, which were 72 inches high.

The Impala, the station wagon and the Mazda were all from the Red Hydraulics Car Club of Long Beach.

The driver of the Impala took the first-place cash award of $500, the Mazda driver was awarded $300, and the station wagon driver received $100.

"Unfortunately the weather caused the low turnout," said La Gente Car Club president Tony Camacho.

"There were clubs coming from Los Angeles and other cities who I guess thought the weather was pretty bad down here," he said.

"But the good thing is that the word will now start getting around about the contest and we hope next year will be better," he added.

After the contest, judges announced the third annual Primavera Car Show, organized by the Rostros Car Club, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24 at Wiest Field in Brawley.

The La Gente Car Club's ninth annual car show will be Oct. 9.

For more information call 344-3950 or 344-2448.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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