By Marty Mayfield
KRTN Multi-Media –
They came from near and far to show off their classic old cars for the first ever Run To Raton July 21 thru the 23rd on Raton’s historic First Street.
48 cars registered for the event with several more that simply showed up and wanted to show off the car they had restored or have taken great care of over the years. Cars from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico came to the show with William Cunico coming from Gilbert Arizona to take the long distance award.
It wouldn’t be a car show without the girls, as 17 ladies got into the spirit and decked out in 1950’s era dresses to compete in the Miss Run to Raton Pinup Contest. Jenny Bacca Mills was chosen as Ms Run to Raton to win the pinup contest.
Along with the cars came 200 custom built motorcycles with many coming to see the creations of JP Rodman. Rodman raffled off a custom built trike that he and Jim Harper created. Frank Carrasco from Raton showed off his custom built bicycle and garnered the trophy for best bicycle with his entry.
Neal Cawley, president of the Sinner’s Car Club, noted they are already planning for next year’s event as they were very pleased with the turnout and reception by Raton residents and businesses.
2017 Run to Raton Car Show Winners
People’s Choice Award – Denver Feldman
Motorcycle Peoples Choice Award – Danny Vukonich
Sinner’s Pick Award/Arizona – Gilbert Aragon
Sinner’s Pick Award/ New Mexico – Ted Aragon
Longest Distance Driven – William Cunico, Gilbert Arizona
Best Bicycle – Frank Carrasco
Run to Raton Pinup Results
Ms Run to Raton Jenny Bacca Mills
First runner up – Jen Bayless Kuiper
Second runner up – TieAnna Angeli
Hometown Honey – Elena Flores
Bad Girl – July Hunnicutt
This trike, built by JP Rodman, was raffled off during the Run To Raton car show on Saturday. JP is becoming well known for his creations in the bike world.
The crowds came and went during the day at the Run to Raton Car Show held on First Street Saturday at least until the skies opened up and sent many for cover.
Thats not on the car window! This meal was found in the trunk of an old chevy during the Run to Raton Car Show held on First Street.
When was the last time you saw this kind of whitewall on a tire? These old Chevrolet cars found their way to the Run to Raton car show from Colorado.
The sparkle on Chevrolet was found Saturday Morning at the Run for Raton car show
DJ Teddy Romero got the kids into the car show with a tug of war on the lawn of the Multi-Model Center on First Street.
The group Secondhand, led by Abe Elliot with Matt Alcorn on guitar and Wesley Mayfield on percussion performed to a small crowd after the rains came and sent many spectators looking for cover.
Saturday evening found tents and bikes in downtown Raton. Bikers used the empty lot across from JP Rodman’s shop for camping while their bikes were parked by the shop.
Bikes lined the street in front of JP Rodman’s shop Saturday evening while riders congregated inside for the Run to Raton car show and see some of Rodman’s creations including the trike that was to be raffled off.
Jenny Bacca Mills was chosen a Ms Run To Raton Pinup Saturday afternoon at the Run to Raton Car Show. Photo by Laurie Bunker She also entered her 1965 red Mustang in the car show!
William Cunico took the longest distance award driving in from Gilbert Arizona to show his car.
Sinner’s Car Club awarded Gilbert Aragon the Sinner’s Pick award, Aragon hales from Arizona as well
Ted Aragon was awarded the Sinner’s pick as well for his car haling from New Mexico
Frank Carrasco was awarded the trophy for best bicycle of the Run to Raton Car Show
Denver Feldman (left) took the People’s Choice award for his big 4-wheel drive pickup while Danny Vukonich (right) took the People’s Choice Award for Motorcycle. His 3-Wheeler which just happens to be sitting in the back of Feldman’s pickup.