Vintage car show proves that hot rods aren’t just a hobby, but a way of life

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Classic cars from pre-1959 are presented by Vintage LTD Car Club during the 32nd annual “Fun in The Sun Car Show” at the Kern County Museum on Sept. 18.

Cassandra Mcgowan, Reporter

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Vintage Limited Street Rod of Bakersfield and Kern County Museum have come together once again for a day of nostalgia.

Fun in the Sun Run combines the history of Kern County with the history of pre-1959 autos, along with a poker walk to get the patrons up and walking around to see all what the museum and classic car owners have to offer.

Some of the proceeds made by Vintage Limited are donated to the museum.

Patty Langston, vice president of Vintage Limited said, “Anytime someone puts a car show on, it’s mainly to get people to get these beautiful cars out, you know, share them with everyone else. They’re all a piece of history.”

These cars, along with historical buildings at the museum get people sharing their stories of the days of yore.

For example, two silver-haired men standing around their shiny well-kept classic cars, swapping stories about make-out sessions with high school sweethearts in the back seat of their ’40 Mercury, laughing and reminiscing about the good old days.

That is what this car show is all about.

Roy Charles Keenan entered his ’54 Bel Air this year and said, “It’s a great social event for people who make their cars their life.”

Some people like Jerry Bailey used the car show as an excuse just to get out of the house.

Bailey is disabled and not able to get out very often and yet still the Fun in the Sun Run is an opportunity to drive his classic car and show it off while enjoying the weather and fresh air.

He entered his ’51 Chevrolet, a gift from his girlfriend, and talked about how he loves to drive his Chevy unlike the “trailer queens.”

According to Bailey, trailer queens are people who own classic cars, but are afraid of getting dents on their car, so they tow their car to the show, even if they live in close proximity.

“Trailer queens don’t excite me at all,” said Bailey.

Attendees consider Fun in the Sun Run as an opportunity to become aware of the way life used to be and share that knowledge with the younger generation.

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