San Juan River Rod Car Show winners

Saturday, May 16 shone brightly as more than 75 cars, 4x4s and motorcycles lined Lewis Street and the Overlook parking area for the San Juan River Rod Car Show.

Cars and trucks ranged in age from the early 1930s to the late 1970s and were painted in all colors of the rainbow.

The big winners for this year’s event will be the focus for the poster theme and marketing for next year’s event. We thank all the participants who traveled to Pagosa and those locals who also participated.

Best of Show, sponsored by Pagosa Photography: Dennis Atwater from Dolores, with his impeccable and brightly-colored 1939 Ford Cabriolet.

Best Street Rod, sponsored by Bear Creek Saloon : Tom Nodzak from Durango, with his ’48 Anglia.

Best Original Car, sponsored by Piedra Automotive: Mike Sindelar of Ignacio, and the 1969 Plymouth.

Best Chevy, sponsored by Pagosa Express Lube: Pagosa’s Joe Merola and his 1957 Chevy.

Best Ford, sponsored by High Horse Video Productions: Wayne Lane from Farmington, N.M., and his 1931 Ford Cabriolet.

Best Mopar, sponsored by Tom and Roxie Joy: Chris Lopez from Bayfield, and the 1969 Plymouth Cuda.

Best Truck, sponsored by Pagosa Express Lube: Mike Carpenter from Farmington, and his bright yellow 1955 Chevy Pickup.

Best Convertible, sponsored by the Dogwood Café: Jack Lang from Bloomfield, N.M., and his 1950 Ford convertible.

Best Open, sponsored by Pagosa Pubworks Brewpub: Pagosa’s Rod Rea and his 1962 Austin Healy.

Best 4x4, sponsored by Big O Tires: Pagosan Mark Delaney and his rebuilt 1979 Toyota Landcruiser.

Best Motorcycle, sponsored by Durango Harley Davidson: Loren Appl from Chromo with his 1969 custom Captain America Chopper.

Chamber Pick, sponsored by the Pagosa Chamber of Commerce: William Waltemath of Bernalillo, N.M., and his 1957 turquoise, flamed-out Chevy convertible.

Thank you to all the sponsors, business participants and attendees for kicking off what we hope is the first of many more and bigger San Juan River Rod Car Shows in Pagosa Springs in the future. We appreciate all the feedback — it only makes for a better event.


SUN photo/Chuck McGuire
Richard “Chilly” Fearon and his son, Tyler, examine the interior of one of the many vintage vehicles that were part of the San Juan River Rod Run car show last weekend in downtown Pagosa Springs. Organizers are working to make the Run an annual event in Pagosa Springs.