SALINA – The 17th annual Blast from the Past Car Show took place at the Salina City Park, Saturday.

The annual event kicked off Friday evening with a cruise down Main Street in Salina. Approximately 60 vehicles participated. The cruise concluded with a pre-show at the Veterans Memorial on State Street. John Hunt, Aurora, and Ron Pini, Grand Junction, Colorado, were presented with trophies as the top picks of the evening.  

Saturday’s festivities began at 10 a.m. Approximately 135 hot rods, classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, etc. from around Utah and neighboring states were on display for classic car enthusiasts to view. 

“We want to thank all of those who brought a car to the show and supported our event,” said Paula Martin, show committee member. “Also, thank you to the community for coming out to the show. And, a huge thank you to all the committee members who worked hard to make the show a success.” 

Martin said the committee did not seek sponsors this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, there were several items donated for a silent auction, which helped cover the cost of the show. 

“The silent auction was well received,” Martin said. “The committee would like to thank all of those who donated items.”

There were 48 Award of Excellence plaques presented throughout the day to outstanding automobiles. To avoid a gathering, the committee presented the awards directly to the recipient, making the awards more personable, according to Martin. 

Trophies and jackets were given to the top three outstanding cars. The winners will also be honored with having a picture of their car on all advertising for the 2021 show. Recipients of the top three outstanding cars included – Dick Townley, Gunnison, with a 1958 Chevrolet Impala; Robert Maxwell, Sandy, with a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air; and Mont Bradfield, Leamington, with a 1969 Dodge Super Bee.

The third annual pin-up contest was one of the car show’s activities. 

Alida Farlaino, Helper, earned the Miss Blast from the Past title. Ebany Helton, Centerfield, was named first runner up, while Randi Whitmore, Monroe, was named second runner-up. 

“It was a beautiful day at the Salina City Park,” Martin said. “We will see you all again in 2021.” 

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