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Paulsen’s final Hot Rod Party is Sunday
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American-made cars or vehicles powered by an American-made motor will be featured at Pete Paulsen’s 31st annual Hot Rod Party on Sunday at the Paulsen Ranch in French Camp.

Pete Paulsen is calling his 31st annual Hot Rod Party on Sunday his “swan song.”

He’ll close the book on this longtime event at his French Camp ranch at 1504 West Bowman Road with over 350 cars – “My only rule is that all entries must be American-made (cars) or American-powered (engine),” Paulsen said – being showcased for the event that benefits his holiday-giveaway Bikes for Kids.

“It takes so much work to put on this car show,” he added.

The Hot Rot Party finale will feature several special guests, including Jon Provost, who played Timmy from the old “Lassie” TV series, and Candy Clark from the George Lucas 1973 film classic “American Graffiti.”

Paulsen was saddened by the passing of Don “Wolfie” Reedy earlier this year – the Hot Rod Party will honor his memory.

And what’s the Hot Rod Party without music? For that, DJ Johnny “T” and TJ the DJ will keep the party going.

Paulsen will also offer up his world-famous Hot Dogs coupled with the Fagundes food truck being available throughout the day.

The Hot Rod Party is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $7 for general public, $5 for seniors and military, and free for children age 10 and under.

Awards will be announced at 3 o’clock.

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