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Muscle cars & burgers with more beef on menu
American Legion Commander Penny Winston (front right) is pictured with Manteca Senior Center supervisor Brandy Clarke (front left), Legion member George Terry (back right) and Don Reed, committee chairman with the Senior Center. The Legion will host its Classic Car Show and Hamburger Dinner at the Senior Center on July 20. - photo by Photo Contributed


• WHAT: American Legion’s Classic Car Show and Hamburger Dinner.
• WHEN: July 20. The car show is from 4:30-6 p.m., with dinner to follow.
• TICKETS: $12. Contact J.B. Brewer at (209) 612-0157, or stop by the hall (220 E. Yosemite) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Veteran Joe Waltman doesn’t want to undersell his hamburgers or the Classic Car Show.

Both are going to be big.

The McFall-Grisham American Legion Post 249 and outgoing Commander Penny Winston will host the annual Classic Car Show and Hamburger Dinner on July 20.

Tickets are $12.

The car show is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with dinner to immediately follow.

Just don’t go looking for the meat and muscle cars at the American Legion hall along East Yosemite Avenue. For the first time in post history, the longstanding event will be held at the roomier Manteca Senior Center.

And in keeping with Waltman’s promise, the main attractions – the burgers and muscle cars – will be bigger than ever.

The post will serve half-pound hamburgers with all the fixings. Dinner will come with four sides: baked beans, corn, salad and watermelon.

“These will be half-pound burgers,” Waltman said, exaggerating the size of the burgers with his hands.

The post hopes its car show will rival those of other organizations in town. Typically, because of the hall’s lot size, the car show has been capped at 20 entrants. The post would like to double that count this year, putting its car show on pace with that of the John Cambra Ag/Mechanics Scholarship Car Show Fundraiser held Sunday at the MRPS Hall.

“We want to try and get more people; to make it bigger,” said Waltman, who owns Touch of Class catering and serves as the post’s service officer.

Standing near the hall’s closer-quarters kitchen in on Wednesday morning, Waltman illustrated the aging building’s restraints when it comes to hosting community events.

The hall has a capacity of 105 people, nearly half of what the Manteca Senior Center can hold. Winston said there will be 250 seats available for the hamburger dinner.

“You can’t take a chance of selling more than what you can hold because the fire department might show up,” Waltman said of the hall’s tight confines.

The evening will also feature live music by John Aguilar.

The event serves as one of the Legion’s three major fundraisers along with the crab feed in January and the corned beef and cabbage dinner in March.

The money will be used to fund scholarships and maintenance at the hall, which needs a new roof.

Tickets can be purchased in one of two ways.

Those interested in dinner tickets or car show entry can contact J.B. Brewer at (209) 612-0157, or stop into the hall on Mondays and Wednesdays. The hall opens its doors every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to members and potential members. Snacks and refreshments are provided.