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Townsmen host 15th car show in Loomis

Ride to Walk, Sacramento Sheriff's toy project benefit
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go:

What: Townsmen 15th annual Loomis Car Show

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Register cars from 8 to 9 a.m.

Where: Loomis Train Depot, 5775 Horseshoe Bar Road

Admission: Free

Hot rods and classic cars will take over downtown Loomis on Saturday with the return of the Townsmen car show.

Auburn resident Bob Chatfield, a car club member, said he expects 125 cars to be on display Saturday.

“That’s about average for past year’s car shows,” Chatfield said Friday. “We have the ability to handle 200 cars.”

The Townsmen Car Club started in Sacramento in the late ’60s but disbanded, according to Chatfield. The newer Townsmen Car Club version reorganized in 2003, Chatfield said.

“As time progressed, a lot of people moved from Sacramento County to Placer County,” Chatfield said. “We get a lot of support from Taylor’s. Pat Taylor is very generous to give up potential customers’ parking spots.”

A poker walk will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, with cash prizes awarded to the top three hands. The following businesses are participating in the poker walk: Nelthorpe and Sons; the Basic Shop; Emma’s Antiques; the High Hand Art Gallery and Vintage Charm Antiques. Players will visit each store on the list and draw a card. The person with the highest poker hand wins.

“We get unbelievable feedback from businesses that participate in the poker walk,” Chatfield said. “They like having 50 to 60 people walking through their stores on a Saturday.”

Chatfield’s wife owns a Model A roadster and he owns a 1944 two-door sedan. Chatfield is currently “accumulating parts for a Model A that I am making into a roadster.”

“Mine is still a running, driving car,” Chatfield said. “I just bought a new radiator for it.”

The car club is holding a drawing for an electric Tesla kid’s car at the Loomis car show. Tickets for the drawing are $5 each or four for $20. Proceeds benefit local Townsmen charities. This year’s proceeds will go to Ride to Walk in Lincoln and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office toy project.

The awards assembly will be at 2 p.m. and car owners can register on Saturday. For more information, call 916-798-8766 or go to townsmen.org.