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Car show raises $6,700 for food bank
Alan and Jeanie Marsden with their 1949 Oldsmobile 88 convertible.

He thought she wanted a classic Jaguar sedan.

So when Alan Marsden opened the door to a garage to show his wife Jeanie several restored cars that were ready to drive, he was a bit taken aback when she pointed to a 1949 Oldsmobile 88 and made it clear that was the car she wanted.

“I never really wanted a Jaguar,” Jeanie said. “I just liked the lines.”

The Marsdens were among dozens of classic car enthusiasts who parked their vehicles at Liberty Park at Del Webb on Saturday for the Wheels of Woodbridge Lugnuts 10th annual Rods, Roadsters and Cruising Show.

Lugnuts President Bill Barnhart said the car show raised $6,700 for the Second Harvest Food Bank that serves as a distribution center for roughly 100 food closets throughout the Northern San Joaquin Valley and adjoinig foothills. That topped the goal the car club had set so they could bring their 10-year donation total to the Manteca-based food bank to $60,000.

Since buying the 1949 Oldsmobile convertible they have spent as many as 20 weekends a year between April and October hitting car shows.

“It’s a great way to socialize,” Jeanie said.

The 1949 Oldsmobile is an attention magnet whenever they are heading to or returning  from a car show.

Jeanie said people will often honk their horns, wave or give them thumbs up.

Alan is working on converting a 1938 Oldsmobile into a roadster that he hopes to show off at future car shows.

The event included crafts vendors, root beer floats and hot dogs as well as appropriate cruising music.

Platinum sponsors were Custom Carts, TLC Real Estate, Van Berg & Associates, Susan & Curtis Holt with PMZ Real Estate, and Steve’s Mobile Sunscreens.

Silver sponsors were Dominic Martos with Farmers Ins, Security Public Storage, Fran’s Creative Upholstery, PL Fry Funeral Services, and D&S Automotive Repair 


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