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Run to Raton Car Show Brings in Cars and Bikes From Near and Far

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.

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.

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.

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 cars found their way to the Run to Raton car show from Colorado.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Baca Miller was chosen a Ms Run To Raton PinUp Saturday afternoon at the Run to Raton Car Show Photo by Laurie Bunker

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.

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

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

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

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 to the People's Choice Award for Motorcycle which just happens to be sitting in the back of Feldman's pickup.

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.

5 comments on “Run to Raton Car Show Brings in Cars and Bikes From Near and Far

  1. We had a awesome time at the show! We were welcomed and appreciated as vendors (The Jerky Pit) and were treated as a valued part of the show! We had our daughter and grand kids running around all day Saturday and they had so much fun, the events were enjoyable for them and every where they went they were treated with kindness! Thank you for everybodys efferts that made this happen and we will be glad to participate next year if our trail leads us back this way!
    Curtis and Kymberly

  2. Nick huff says:

    What a great time in a beautiful town! Knivesmadebynick.com

  3. Shane Waters says:

    Beautifu town and a great event! My wife and I came from from Fort Worth and it was well worth the trip! Everyone we met was friendly and accommodating. We will return, for sure!

  4. Just wanted to credit a few (well, lots of) people in the creation of this event. On the motorcycle side, J.P. Rodman, who not only built the awesome custom trike but also was responsible for bringing in all the great bikers who came to enjoy the event and who brought lots of business to Raton. On the car side, Neal Cawley and Jason Bennett of the Sinners Car Club. My own baby was the Miss Run to Raton pin up contest, and I was enormously pleased by the amount of fabulous contestants who turned out. Jessica Barfield created the website and wore many hats. We had so many generous sponsors–Raton Pass Motor Inn, Enchanted Grounds, Patchwork Phoenix, Infinite Potential Yoga, Smoker Friendly Gas-a-Mat, Flowerland, Vintage Treasures of Trinidad, Doggie Stylz by Kathleen, Cunico Tires, Flat Mountain Trading Co., 4D Auctions, Home Associates Realty. We also had support from Raton Mainstreet and our Chamber of Commerce. The city of Raton was so helpful with everything we were doing, and we appreciate the love and support of the citizens of Raton. We will be making this a yearly event, and it’s only going to get better!

  5. Denise Bacca Ries says:

    The winner of the Miss Run to Raton is Dr Jenny Bacca Mills! She also entered her 1965 red Mustang in the car show!!