Hot rods on a hot day at Street Festival

Leif Nordstrom carries his daughter Julia, 4, as they view all the classic cars on San Benito Street during the 27th Annual Street Festival, Car Show and Swap Meet downtown.

The 27th annual Downtown Hollister Street Festival and Car Show was held July 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Hollister. The Hollister Downtown Association once again offered a slice of free watermelon to guests during the summer festival, with food vendors and local restaurants open during the event. The festival featured the annual car show, along with musical entertainment on two stages. This year, a beer and wine garden was included for the first time. The local American Legion used the event for an annual membership, with the American Legion Auxiliary raffling off a prize gift basket that was full of car cleaning supplies. Many families came out to get a look at classic cars that ranged from pre-1970 Volkswagen beetles to a 1946 Ford Sedan.
Here are the winners from the car show:
Rod, sponsored by Calvista Insurance: 1937 Ford – Jim Parker, Paso Robles
Custom, sponsored by Top Stitch Upholstery: 1948 Buick Special Sedenette – Frank Ledesma, Hollister
Classic, sponsored by Dennis’ Body Shop: 1960 Mercury Wagon – Arthur Anderton, Paso Robles
Corvette, sponsored by Autoworks: 1963 Roadster – Mary Peillssier, Hollister
Pick-up, sponsored by Hollister Collision Center: 1955 Chevy – Bill Leighty, Hollister
Foreign, sponsored by The Pivetti Company: 1975 FJ-40 – Bill Franco, Morgan Hill
Muscle Car 63-76, sponsored by Hollister Auto Parts:  1967 Chevelle – Edward Sinclair, Morgan Hill
Muscle Car 77-present, sponsored by Automotive Color:  2008 Mustang GT 350 – Larry Pierotti, Gilroy
Open Class, sponsored by Hollister Snap On Tools: 1974 Jeep CJ5 –  JB Howard, Hollister
Best Paint, sponsored by Hollister Collision: 1967 Impala – Erica Limones, Gilroy
Top Street, sponsored by Top Street Fabrication: 1955 Pick-up – Jim Basinger, Paso Robles
People’s Choice, sponsored by Grillin’ & Chillin’ Downtown: 1953 Corvette – Bruce Hanson, Salinas
Best of Show, sponsored by Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope: 1951 Mercury – Marcos & Sandra Santana, Watsonville

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