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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 1B RE GI ONAL Street Rod Extravaganza set to roll Chester Sept. 11 By M. Kate West Chester Editor Rumbling engines, dazzling jewel-toned paint and the hot music of Buzz Barrett Sound Productions will kick off the 25th annual Street Rod Extravaganza Sept. 11 in Chester Park. The classic car show is sponsored by the Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Com- merce and spotlights entries for 1982 and older stock, modified and special interest cars and trucks. A total of 32 classifications are open to stock and modified cars, stock trucks, pick- ups, sedan delivery and panel trucks. Other truck categories include modified trucks, pickups, sedan delivery and panels. Special interest judging includes up to the year 1982, with subcategories of Corvette and American sports, Mustang, Camaro and Firebird, foreign sport stock and modified, foreign sedan stock and modified, under con- struction, replica and kit cars, rat rods, unre- stored (as found), and commercial and special interest. Hot rodders arrive in town Friday, Sept. 10, to make an impressive appearance during the Almanor Basin Street Party event in Old Town Chester. In addition to all the Friday night fun, the premier Northern Califor- nia car show offers a 35-mile Poker Run cruise around Lake Almanor and an in-town Poker Walk among the local merchants, The Rotary Club of Chester will again fire up its "Roadhouse Grill" to feed the rodders and all the community guests. This year's menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs and chili anyway you want it. The club will also offer pizza by the slice, sodas and water. Like the hot jams of the Glenn Miller Orchestra's 1940's music, this chopped dandy with its "String of Pearls" metallic white paint was a real standout among the rainbow palette of cars participating in the 2008 Street Rod Extravaganza. Hosted in the Chester Park, this annual event is sponsored by the Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce. The event is always held on the Saturday that immediately follows Labor Day Monday. File photo Event awards The car show will again feature the popular People's Choice, Ladies, Choice and Street Rod Extravaganza Awards, It will also offer participants first- and second-place awards for each classification. "For the very first time, the Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce will be presenting, this year only, the Red Meyers Founder's Award," said committee  member Garn Pringle. Meyers, a Lake Almanor resident and founding event member, passed away earlier this year. Other awards will include the 75/25 draw- ing, best poker hands for the poker run and poker walk. Although not an award, each participant will receive a 25th anniversary Street Rod Extravaganza key fob. Goodie bags also include local gift coupons, a dash plaque and Lake Almanor publications. Joe Gilmour will again emcee this event. For more information about the Sept. 11 event or Second Fridays, call the Chester- Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce at 258-2426. A row of hotties repeatedly drew the eyes of the crowd back for one more look, over and over again, All muscle and Style, dazzling paint and brilliant chrome, these four vehicles roared across the border from Nevada to participate together. The third vehicle from the right, a '40s Wills Americar owned by Rocky Wagner, took top honors in the 2008 Chester-Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce Street Rod Extravaganza. Photo by M. Kate West Schedule of Events Friday, Sept. 10 5:30 p.m. The two-day classic opens when participating street fodders line up for the popular Second Friday Almanor Basin Street Party. 6-9 p.m. Pre-registration, Avonna's Critter Clippers in Old Town. Saturday. Sent. 11 7-9 a,m. Registration continues; Chester Park off Main Street. Chester High School cheerleaders host coffee and sweet rolls. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Judging 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Poker Walk, participants stroll the community to pick up poker cards from 11 merchant locations. 1 -3 p.m. Poker Run, rodders cruise 35 miles around Lake AI- manor and make nine designated stops to collect poker cards. 4p.m. Award presentations: CHS cheerleaders assist with the 75/25 drawing and class award presentations. A custom 1915 Ford Model T Speedster, owned by Reno resi- dent and first-time car show participant Baxter Swaffer, was awarded the first-place plaque for its class during the 2008 Chester Street Rod Extravaganza. File photo One of three complete rods owned by Bud Bosworth, this pearl white and dove gray 1930 Model A pickup truck is only missing the stamp that says "class act." His other classics include a 1941 two-door Studebaker Champion sedan and a 1971 Buick Riviera. Photo by M. Kate West Fore more Street Rod, see page 6B The People's Choice Award for the 2008 Chester Street Rod Extravaganza was presented to Chico residents Michael and Diane Reynolds. The couple brought their 1964 Ford Thunderbird with a 1948 Teardrop camp trailer attached. "It was an honor to win. I just enjoy bringing the car out for others to see," said Reynolds. In addition to the People's Choice, the Ford Thunderbird was selected as the first-place winner in its selected class. File photo Joe and Lynn Altieri call their 1931 Ford pickup the "Happy Truck" because no matter where they cruise, they make new friends and memories. Although experienced in automobile restorations, Joe is making his first venture into the world of street rods with this classic Ford. Photo by M. Kate West Car enthusiasts from all over gathered in the Chester Park for the 23rd annual Street Rod Extrav- aganza in 2008. A '50s model Chevrolet was quite popular with the masses. File photo