Yesteryear’s campers fill sites in Pomona State Park during annual ‘going retro’ event

A 1958 Silver Streak Clipper owned by Roger and Debbie Bowles is completely original and everything works. The Clipper won the best original trailer award.

Visitors enjoying Pomona State Park on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, might have thought they had stepped back in time if they didn’t know the fourth annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer and Antique Boat Show was going on.

With Pomona State Park “going retro” there were 79 cars, four boats, and 42 camping trailers on exhibit, including16 first-time trailer exhibitors. Friends of Pomona State Park were hosts of the event, which drew an estimated crowd of around 1,000 people.

Friday events were an afternoon owner’s tour of trailers, social gathering and a movie. Saturday evening there was a potluck among the trailer owners; then everyone in the park was invited for karaoke and a sock hop. Campground church was attended by several on Sunday.

The Going Retro events are sponsored by the Friends of Pomona State Park and Pomona State Park.

Awards presented:

People’s Choice Car Award went to Greg Thill for his beautiful blue 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

People’s Choice Car: Greg Thill’s 1959 Chevrolet Impala. His car will be on the 2018 dash plaque.

People’s Choice Antique Boat: Hal Wood’s 1963 Wind Mill Sail Boat

Rangers’ Choice: Dale Schneider’s 1959 Chevrolet Impala. He will receive a metal art cutout of his car at the 2018 show. The 2016 Ranger’s Choice, Al and Layne Steven’s 1940 Chevy pickup, received a metal art cut-out their pickup. Ted Craig was the metal artist.

Top Five Cars: Duane Woodmas’ 1965 Pontiac GTO, Bob Hayden’s 1940 Chevy pickup, Bill Smith’s 1955 Chevy Nomad, Allen Higbee’s 1941 Chevy coupe, and Al and Layne Steven’s 1954 Ford F100 pickup.

People’s Choice Vintage Trailer: Cindy and Will Warren; their trailer will be on the 2018 dash plaque.

People’s Choice award went to Cyndi and Will Warren and their 1982 Cameo trailer, Happy Go Lucky. The Warrens pull their trailer with a 1977 Suburban.

Best Glamper (glamorous camping): Rick and Suzanne Anderson are first-time campers at Pomona State Park, and the winning trailer is their first, recently finished. The glamper judges said there was great attention to detail.

Best Renovated Trailer Award was presented to Sandi and Matthew Brandes for their 1966 Utopia Pan-o-ramic.

Best Renovated Trailer: Matthew and Sandi Brandes. Matthew restored the 1966 Utopia Pan-o-ramic trailer and several others. He had two vintage trailers at the show.

Best Original Trailer: Debbie and Roger Bowles’s 1958 Silver Streak Clipper is a real barn find. The original owner pulled it out of the barn where it sat for many years; the Bowles have shined it up, gave it new tires, and cleaned up the interior. Everything is original and in working order – stove, refrigerator.

Best Outside Area: Sharon and Brian McQueen.

Top Three Trailers: Lisa and Tatum Chinn, Brenda Noakes, and Sandi and Eldon Preuss.


Photos courtesy of Debbie Rinzler Photography, Raymond L. Stone, Free State Cruisers, and Friends of Pomona State Park. Information thanks to Friends of Pomona State Park.

 


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