FAIRFIELD — Fast cars and chili.
What else do you need to draw a crowd?
Not much, apparently, as a steady stream of people filed through the parking lot at DaCosta’s Auto World for the Historic Route 40 Car Show and Chili Cook Off.
One of the eye-catchers among the dozens of cars and motorcycles on display was Jaime Galvan’s 1972 Oldsmobile station wagon painted and decorated with a San Francisco Giants motif.
“It’s a 455 with about 400 horsepower,” Galvan said. “It does pretty good for a grocery getter.”
The nine-seat wagon with S.F. magnets and Giants window flags catches plenty of attention when the longtime Giants fan takes it to games in San Francisco’s China Basin.
“I’ve been a Giants fan since the Humm Baby era (late 1980s),” Galvan, a Suisun City resident, said. “My kids love it. What better way to hot rod (than) with the whole family.”
Galvan said he and friends had about 200 hours (of restoration work) in the car, which won the People’s Choice award at the show two years ago.
The warm, breezy afternoon brought out plenty of people, too.
“It’s been great. We had a larger turnout than what we expected and everyone has had really positive feedback,” said Catherine Grimard of the North Texas Street Business Association, which put on the car show and chili cook off.
After about seven years, this was the first time the chili cook off was included, Grimard said.
“We brought the chili back, which had a really great response,” she said. “We estimated that we were going to have about 125 chili samples sold, and I think we’ve exceeded that.”
Bud Burns of Suisun City spent the afternoon showing off his bright orange – tangerine to be exact – 1940 Chevy Master 85 Business Coupe.
“It’s had a lot of work done to it,” Burns said, adding that he couldn’t begin to count the hours spent on the car. “We got it in 1997 and I’ve been working on it ever since.”
Burns said he’s taken his coupe all over and shows it up to a dozen times a year.
“We used to show it a lot, take it to every show we could make it to, but then you kind of get your favorite ones after a while,” he said. “This was the first one, so we wanted to come here and help them out.”
Burns said he’s taken the car as far as Pueblo, Colo.
“We drove it. That’s when it was blue. We drove it out there and back, no problems,” he said.
A lot of people came by to check out the car.
“They like the color, especially if the sun is out, it sticks out. They’re always asking what color it is,” he said.
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