Downtown attraction: Car show draws locals and visitors
by Nikki Chase / For the Tracy Press
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Downtown car show
Bev and Danny Smith, of American Canyon, took the Best 21st Century award at the downtown Then and Now car show hosted Saturday, July 20, by the Tracy City Center Association.   Nikki Chase/For the Tracy Press
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The Tracy City Center Association made use of custom cars, old and new, to attract traffic to downtown Tracy on Saturday, July 20.

The second Then and Now car show was hosted by the Tracy City Center Association, led by President Dino Margaros.

“Our role and goal is to promote downtown,” Margaros said. “Car shows, like the farmers market, have a pretty wide demographic. You’ve got kids, younger people, older people, and everything in between.”

Scheduling the car show on the same day as the weekly downtown farmers market seemed mutually beneficial, according to Courtney Campbell, TCCA event coordinator.

“We have a waitlist for our farmers’ market,” Campbell said. “They do so well and bring us a lot of our walk-in patrons.”

Steve Tuso, a Tracy native who owns Kandi’s Pies and Pastries with his wife, Kandi, noticed that their pastries were selling out more quickly at Saturday’s farmers market.

“It’s great they have two events going on at the same time,” he said.

Fellow Tracy native Andrea Fagundes volunteered to show her support for TCCA and the positive impact the association is making on downtown Tracy. She was a spectator at last year’s inaugural car show and offered to help at the TCCA beverage booth this year.

“I hope all Tracy business owners recognize how important it is to continue to bring people together downtown.” Fagundes said.

Fagundes is part owner of Athletic Perfection, a competitive cheer gym in Tracy.

“Because we’re a local business, I wanted to do whatever I could to help Tracy and give back to the community,” she said.

Campbell said the event wouldn’t have been possible without volunteers and sponsors, such as Napa Auto Parts in Tracy.

“This is the second year in a row they’ve been part of this,” Campbell said.

Tom Kahn has been part owner of the local auto parts store for the past 12 years.

“As a local business, we try to get involved with community events, and the car show fits so well with our business,” Kahn said. “It just makes since for us to be involved.”

More than 100 cars were registered as part of Saturday’s show. Winners were chosen in 10 categories, including Best in Show.

Richard Ippolito’s yellow 1957 Chevy truck won Best Custom for the second-straight year. The French Camp resident returns because of “the people, the crowd and the atmosphere,” he said

Bev and Danny Smith drove their 2008 Dodge Charger RT from American Canyon and took Best 21st Century.

“This looked like a good show to come to, because they allow the late-model cars, and a lot of car shows don’t allow that,” Danny Smith said.

Bev Smith also discovered something special downtown has to offer: “I was able to find a great quilt shop.”

In addition to hot rods, the show offered live music, raffles and food sold by the Tracy Breakfast Lions.

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