The Century Toppers Auto Club Hot Rod & Custom Auto Show

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The poster fot the third annual Century Toppers Auto Show in 1952. Photo provided by Albert Coito.
The poster for the first annual Century Toppers Auto Show in 1949. Photo provided by Albert Coito.

The Century Toppers Auto Club Hot Rod & Custom Auto Show was a hot rod and custom show in ModestoCalifornia held by the Modesto Century Toppers Car Club. The first show was held December 10-11, 1949 at the Griswold & Wright Ford Dealership in Modesto, California. Orvel "Speed" Reichert was in charge of the first show.[1]


The Century Toppers Auto Club Hot Rod & Custom Auto Show 1952

The third annual The Century Toppers Auto Club Hot Rod & Custom Auto Show was held April 5 - 6, 1952 at the Griswold & Wright Ford Dealership in Modesto, California. America's Most Beautiful Roadster for 1952 was amongst the main attractions.


The Century Toppers Auto Club Hot Rod & Custom Auto Show 1950

The second annual Century Toppers Auto Show was held December 9-10 at Stone Motors, a Lincoln-Mercury dealer in Modesto, California. One of the show's main attractions was the So-Cal Special hot rod. 26 cars were displayed at the show, and they were entered under three separate classifications: 1 - Competition Cars, 2 - Street Jobs, and 3 - Custom Cars. Trophies were awarded for first and second place cars in each class. Cars were selected for design, construction, originality, and beauty. The show's 8-man judging comittee included members of the California Highway Patrol, Modesto City Police Department, and business men. In addition to the Modesto Century Toppers, other groups that were represented with display cars were the Vallejo Roadsters, SCTA Sidewinders, Oakland Roadster Club, Smokers, Capitol Auto Club, Torques, West Side Auto Club, and the No F's Auto Club.[2]

Cars Attending:
Al Schirimeister's Lakester
Harold Casaurang's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster
Gene Winfield's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Dick King's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Ken Fuhrman's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Don Rodgers' 1936 Ford Phaeton
Leroy Semas' 1937 Chevrolet Coupe
Alvin Serpa's 1946 Ford Convertible
Mel Garazian's 1947 Chevrolet Club Coupe
Jim Sanders' 1949 Ford Convertible


The Century Toppers Auto Club Hot Rod & Custom Auto Show 1949

The first annual The Century Toppers Auto Club Hot Rod & Custom Auto Show was held December 10-11, 1949 at the Griswold & Wright Ford Dealership in Modesto, California. 23 cars were entered the show. At the show, the Modesto Century Toppers set up a booth to hand out literature to prospective members.[1]


Cars Attending:
Harold Casaurang's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster
Gordon Vann's 1917 Dodge Roadster
Gene Winfield's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Bruce Glenn's 1939 Ford


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