With engines revving and people dancing in the street, Bumpy’s third annual car show in memory of Paul Gaetz, an avid car enthusiast, got off to a bang-up start last weekend.
All proceeds — $8,428 — were donated to the American Cancer Society.
Gaetz’s widow, Yvonne, was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from Bumpy’s owners Heather and Brian Gelston, their friend, Bill Schuldt, and all the participants.
“Paul would have enjoyed this,” Yvonne said as she stood by Paul’s 1962 red Corvette.
Gaetz’s photo rode on the front seat of the car parked in front of Bumpy’s.
Registration started at 6 a.m. July 20, and the show opened at 9 a.m. Hundreds of people wandered through the streets, which were blocked off for safety. Cars lined both sides of West Meeker Avenue and filled the Cornforth Campbell parking lot.
Rich Dixon brought his 1940 Pontiac touring sedan. He purchased the car in 2002 and said he bought it when he realized he needed a hobby.
“I like seeing all the other cars, and everyone is friendly,” he said.
George Fong of G&G Wheels just started in the business of powder coating wheels and engine parts.
“Business is busy,” he said. “I’ve already passed out one-half of my business cards.”
The Miranda family — Joe, Cassandra and their children, said they experience a lot of nostalgia as they walked through the streets.
“This is a great family event,” Joe said.
The car show is the brainchild of Brian Gelston and Schuldt, the event coordinator. Schuldt was one of Paul Gaetz’ good friends and suggested they hold a car show in his memory. Gaetz died of a brain tumor in 2009.
The show raised $4,000 in its first year and $7,000 last year, Gelston said.
A beer and wine garden was set up outside of Bumpy’s, and all tables were full.
Music was provided by DJ Gary Thompson, and people gathered near the bandstand to dance throughout the day. Thompson also entered his 1969 Plymouth GTX in the show.
Throughout the day, car owners bent over open hoods and explained engine workings as visitors passed, oohing and aahing over each entry.
The Paul Gaetz Memorial Award, chosen by the Gaetz family, went to Dennis Steever for his 1957 Red Chevy Bel Air.
Those involved with the planning of the event hope they can beat this year’s record-breaking fundraising total next year.
Joan Cronk is a freelance reporter for the Herald.