By Nate Curtis,
The Davis High Car Club looked like a well-oiled machine on May 28 when it showcased its annual car show. The Car Club was able to grab everyone’s attention by displaying classic, beautiful and unique vehicles, some that were first-timers at the yearly event.
The Car Club has been running the car show for four years since it took the wheel from student government. Although the Car Club is still fairly new to running the event, senior Car Club president Miguel Zavala says it could not have gone better.
“There were no problems at all. Everything went very smoothly,” Zavala said.
This year’s car show featured a ‘68 Chevy C10 Pickup, a ‘66 Mustang Fastback and a Chevy Camaro among many other cars.
“About 15 vehicles showed up this year, but the Camaro was probably the best attraction,” senior Car Club member Brett Butler said.
Zavala said that getting cars to apply to their show is actually quite simple.
“We just hand out applications to students. If we see a nice car on the street, we’ll just give it an application. The people fill them out and turn it in,” Zavala said.
Even though most cars are found by the members of the Car Club, it is different for everyone. Popular substitute teacher Peter Wagner lent two of his vehicles to be on display for this year’s car show. He said that he found out about the event while subbing for auto tech teacher Robert Thayer.
“It didn’t come directly from the horse’s mouth, but I saw the papers right on his table, and from there we went,” Wagner said.
This was his first year participating in the car show, and he lent the school two of his unique vehicles.
The largest of these is a ‘92 BlueBird schoolbus that seats 84 passengers. It us odometer proudly displays a whopping 234,000 miles and its exterior features breathtaking murals by Davis resident Kurt Kabika.
Wagner’s other vehicle is a 1930 Model A Ford Tudor Sedan. Wagner bought this car after it had been sitting unused for 56 years through “rain, salt mist and fog.” He was able to get it running thanks to his vehicular knowledge and perseverance. He removed most of the rust, replaced the top, took new seating from the bluebird, and applied a colorful paint job.
Wagner was very glad to be given the opportunity to entertain students with his vehicles.
“Why have [them] sitting at home? You know, why have something have something just sitting around? It’s for fun, just to let people see what you can do with rusty old junk. It’s my specialty,” Wagner said.