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April 20, 2024

Street Festival shines for downtown Hollister

Are you a classic car buff, or just interested in occasionally perusing well-oiled machinery?

Then you’ll want to reserve a day in mid-July for the Hollister Downtown Street Festival & Car Show. It’s a car lover’s dream, to say the least. After visiting this sizzling car show, the concept of a driverless car will seem like a galaxy away.

This Hollister Downtown Association classic–among the HDA’s lineup of events for the year–the Street Festival & Car Show features dozens of entries and hundreds of people strolling through downtown Hollister checking out the array of vintage cars, sweet treats and entertainment.

The Street Festival, as it’s widely known, features the cars lined along San Benito Street and other side streets nearby along with bands, vendors and, of course, free watermelon (some people call it the Watermelon Festival.)

It’s the cars, though, that gain most of the attention.

Among 15 winners in various judging events for the 2016 festival was the first place winner for Best of Show: owner Bruce Himebauch’s 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS, according to the HDA.

Here’s a full list of the 2016 winners from the HDA:

Best of Show: Bruce Himebauch 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS

Best Antique: John Reed 1929 Ford Model A

Best Pick Up: Arnold Togliatti 1930 Ford Model A

Best Vintage: Joel Bridgeman 1936 Ford Phaeton

Best Custom-Modified: JoAnn & Ron Berti 1932 Ford Sedan

Best Classic: Arthur Anderton 1963 Ford Ranchero

Best Modern: Pat Merg 2013 Dodge Challenger RT  

Best Muscle: Tom Westrup 1965 Buick Skylark GS

Best Corvette: (Mike Cunningham Memorial) Mary & Leonard Pellissier 1963 Corevtte Stingray Best Low Rider: Ki & Olga Hansen 1961 Chevy Impala

Best Mustang: (John Marfia, Jr. Memorial) Lani Antonio 1965 Ford Mustang

Best Paint: Leona & Peter Burge 1948 Chevrolet 2 Door Coupe

Longest Distance Traveled: Tony Lucero, Jr. 1941 Plymouth Coupe  

Car Club Participation: Impalas Central Coast   

People’s Choice: Phil Pospishek 1923 Ford T Bucket Roadster

For more: http://www.downtownhollister.org/street-festival-car-show/

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