Yuma High’s holiday car show shows off with spirit | News

Yuma High School’s automotive instructor, John Baldwin, and his students have wanted to put on a car show for some time now, but it took more than two years to see it happen due to COVID.

Despite the barriers, Baldwin shared that what really pushed him over the edge to make the show happen was when he found a T-shirt for the “Yuma High Car Show.” It’d been done before and he knew his students just had to share in the experience of putting one together. 

On Friday, Dec. 10, the students finally made that a reality. Baldwin stated that they spread the word online and a circle of loosely-connected individuals kept spreading information. Old and new cars made the lineup, parking along 6th Avenue in front of Yuma High. 

One owner of a 1948 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine Series 75, Jerry Lane, was asked about why a show like this is exciting for the community.

“Cars–I mean, cars!” he replied with enthusiasm. Lane is now a professional automobile artist, creating portraits of cars. 

Another couple, Chris and Al Jones, proudly showed off their 1960 Volkswagen Beetle, sharing that they went to Yuma High together in the ’60s and Chris drove a 1960 Beetle. Eventually, she had to sell it, but 43 years later, they were at the “Volkswagens on the River” event in Yuma when they spotted one for sale.

“If it’s a ’60, I’ll buy it,” said Al and so they owned a ’60 Beetle once more. 

Katherine E. Ackerman

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