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.
Yuma High’s automotive aficionados
Yuma High automotive instructor John Baldwin put on the car show with Level 1 automotive students and vocational students from the automotive club.
LEFT: A Chevrolet Caprice from the 1970s was among the older models at the show. FAR LEFT: Jerry Lane, former general manager of Cocopah Casino, showed off his 1948 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine. The limousine was a rarity even in 1948 as Lane said only 382 models had been made.
1948 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine
Jerry Lane, former general manager of Cocopah Casino, showed off his 1948 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine. The limousine was a rarity even in 1948 as Lane said only 382 models had been made.
1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe
RIGHT: A 1963 Impala wasn’t the only Chevy in the show and they all stood proudly for passersby to admire. FAR RIGHT: This 1960 Volkswagen Beetle also goes by the name “R2V2” as its owners are huge Star Wars fan. On the license plate frame, it reads “This is not the droid you’re looking for.”
This 1960 Volkswagen Beetle also goes by the name “R2V2” as its owners are huge Star Wars fan. On the license plate frame, it reads “This is not the droid you’re looking for.”
A lineup of Corvettes
Chevrolet Corvettes were popular at the show. Facing Yuma High’s campus, six Corvettes were parked neatly in a row.
“This bike is named ‘La Bendita.’ It’s Spanish for ‘the Blessed One,’” said Yuma High student Mateo Limones. Decorated with string lights, rosaries and mirror art, Limones shared that he entered this Huffy deluxe bike because he’s been blessed with it. It’s his first bike, he shared with a smile.
‘It took us 43 years’
Al Jones and Chris Jones were Yuma High Criminals in the ‘60s when Chris drove a 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. The couple shared that they later had to sell the car, but 43 years later, they found another. Chris shared that her husband said, “If it’s a ‘60, I’ll buy it” and that’s how they ended up with a VW again.
Deck the Ford
In the spirit of a holiday car show, this Ford was filled with festive spirit as it was styled with gift wrap and garland.