Coronado’s Motorcars on Main Street was started in 1988 by the City of Coronado, California when the downtown area had a vacancy rate of 35%. Part of the city’s strategy was revitalize the commercial area as a vibrant meeting place, and the Motorcars on Main Street classic car show was one of the steps taken. The successful and unique approach to increasing interest in downtown Coronado is now in it’s 22nd year as an established tradition in the San Diego area. Founding Board Member Chris Ackerman said it best,”Coronado’s Main Street has become the community’s living room and, more importantly, a family room.”
The 22nd annual classic Motorcars on Main Street was held on April 22, 2012 from 10:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon in-conjunction with the Coronado Flower Show and Book Fair. Local Coronado business’ El Cordova Garagewill co-sponsored the event with San Diego’s Ron Baker Chevrolet and donations from EDCO Disposal Corporation and Wes Gibbs, Realtor.
Taking place in the plaza, right in the center of downtown Coronado, more than 400 pre-1973 classics, rods and trucks were on display in the three adjacent city blocks with live music from Tommy Price & The Stilettos playing throughout the day.
Like any car show, a panel of judges awarded trophies in several different categories including; “Bad to the Bone” (selected by former Police Chief Paul Crook), “Best of Coronado” (selected by Mayor Casey Tanaka) and “Best of Show.” Spectators and entrants also voted for their favorite entry as the People’s Choice award.
One of the show’s highlights was a sneak peek of the new Centennial Edition Corvette celebrating Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary courtesy of co-sponsor Ron Baker Chevrolet.
The crowd favorite of the show had to be a small, yellow sports car on the grass of Star Park. The 1928 Aston Martin is considered to be the ultimate English sports car, and the third oldest Bertelli Aston Martin known to be still running.
The ‘S’ Sports Model TS10 was unique with swept wings and a wet sump engine. It was sold from the 1928 London Motor Show at Olympia to the Maharajah of Patiala and shipped to India. After a long search and a three-year restoration, it made a grand appearance on Main Street Saturday, much to the delight of serious car fans.
MotorCars on MainStreet, 2012
April 22, 2012 Coronado, CA
Best of Show: 1934 Packard 1100 Standard Sedan owned by Richard Schauer
Bad to the Bone: 1935 Chevy owned by Steve Beck
Club Participation: Chiefs
Mayor’s Choice: 1937 Ford Diamond T owned by Bob Bardin
People’s Choice: 1932 Ford Coupe owned by Albert Aguilar
- First Place: 1952 Dodge BC3 ¾ ton Pick Up owned by Mike Hansen
- Second Place: 1937 Chevy owned by Jose Mayen
- First Place: 1937 Ford Diamond T owned by Bob Bardin
- Second Place: 1954 Chevy Suburban owned by Diego Esquivel
- First Place: 1934 Ford Truck owned by Jim Milton
- Second Place: 1940 Ford owned by Jerry Tucker
- First Place: 1928 Aston Martin owned by the Mallya Collection
- Second Place: 1955 Ford T-Bird owned by Dave & Cindy Keetch
- First Place: 1951 Ford Convertible owned by John & Cindy Souza
- Second Place: 1954 Chevy Bel Air owned by Barry Penn
- First Place: 1932 Ford Roadster owned by Len Greaser
- Second Place: 1932 Ford Roadster owned by Jess Van Deventer
- First Place: 1934 Packard 1100 Standard Sedan owned by Richard Schauer
- Second Place: 1935 Bentley owned by Lee & Reid Carroll
- First Place: 1953 Cadillac owned by Brian & Pam Hermansader
- Second Place: 1958 Chevy Impala owned by Steve Halluska
- First Place: 1964 Porsche 356C owned by Dan Swanson
- Second Place: 1965 Pontiac GTO owned by John Erdman
- First Place: 1933 Ford Vicky owned by Ian Van Tuyl
- Second Place: 1930 Ford Model A owned by James Evans
- First Place: 1947 Mercury Woodie owned by Jim & Cindy Hallsted
- Second Place: 1955 Chevy 210 Del Rey owned by LeRoy & Marcia Amundson
- First Place: 1966 Chevy Nova owned by David Baker
- Second Place: 1966 Chevy Camaro owned by Bryan Oates
- First Place: 1932 Ford Sedan owned by Howard Barton
- Second Place: 1931 Ford Coupe owned by Jim Payne
- First Place: 1956 Chevy Bel Air owned by Wally Meyers
- Second Place: 1955 Chevy Wagon owned by Vince Jacket
- First Place: 1953 Corvette owned by Ray Hamel
- Second Place: 1965 Ford Cobra owned by Edward Haffe