Crowds Come Out For Phelan Phamily Phun Days

PHOTO: I.I. Cabrera -

The owners of a 1931 Ford 4 Door Sedan sit next to their vehicle during the Champagne Classic Car Show.

Phelan Phamily Phun Days returned to the Tri-Community on October 2nd, attracting many to the annual event that includes a parade, a car show, vendors, and live music.

The day was packed with fun-filled family activities, beginning with a parade that started at 9 am. After the parade, attendees were able to walk onto the downtown area of Phelan Road, where entrees into the Champagne Classic Car Show were parked and waxed for display. The proud owners were often sitting in lawn chairs next to their vehicles.

Susan Truitt attended the event with her husband Charles, and they entered a light blue 1957 Chevy Bel Air into the car show. She says her favorite part of the day was getting to see all the older vehicles because it’s a hobby she and her husband share.

One of the day’s most popular events began at 11:30 am and took place behind the Stater Bros on Brawley Road. This event was the Burn Out. Vehicles lined up at the turnaround at the end of the street to burn out their tires in front of the masses that lined the top of the dirt hill and along the road. For vehicles that maximized the cloud of burnt rubber from their tires, they were rewarded by loud, boisterous cheers of approval from the crowd.

Throughout the day, several competitions were open to the public. They included musical chairs, a burping contest, an animal imitation calling contest, a pizza-eating contest, and a hula hoop contest.

The hula hoop contest attracted ten contestants and started around 12:30 pm. Girls and boys of different ages gathered in front of the T-Mobile stage to compete, and very quickly, that number began to shrink. Suddenly, only two young girls were left in the match, and the duo seemed poised to drag the event out all day. The two faced each other as they worked the hoop with their waists when out of nowhere, one of the hoops dropped to the floor, and a winner was crowned: Emily Miramontes. After the victory, she said her sides hurt from the hoop.

Beside the T-Mobile stage, Emilia Romero sat at one of the tables with her husband Eduardo and their son Eddie in the beer tent. “We’re just having so much fun,” she said with a smile. “It’s Phun Days. It happens every year.” In the past, she’s participated in the event’s parade. But not this year. “It’s great that we are able to get out of the house to see other people, to be able to be part of our town.” On the stage next to the tent, the band Modd Rodds plays music inspired by beach party tunes.

The 2021 Phelan Phamily Phun Days proved to be a fun event for all who attended. PICTURES FOLLOW CAR SHOW WINNNERS

Car show winners are:

Category: Pre 50s
Vehicle: 1940 Mercury Convertible
Owner: Ralph Lopez
Award sponsor: Paizly Vintage & Antiques
Category: Hot Rod
Vehicle: 1934 Ford Model 40
Owner: Bob Gordon
Award Sponsor: My Hero Sub & Pub
Category: Street Rod
Vehicle: 1923 Ford T-Bucket
Owner: John Walker
Award Sponsor: Phelan Pizza Factory
Category: 1950s Stock
Vehicle: 1955 Chevy Belair
Owner: Celso Landeros
Award sponsor: J. Tidwell and Associates
Category: 1950s Modified
Vehicle: 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Owner: Albert Best
Award Sponsor: Uppercut Barber Shop
Category: 1960s Stock
Vehicle: 1965 Ford Mustang
Owner: Craig Davis
Award Sponsor: Phelan Pizza Factory
Category: 1960s Modified
Vehicle: 1965 Ford Ranchero
Owner: Chuck McConnell
Award sponsor: Veteran’s Armory
Category: 1970 Stock
Vehicle: 1971 Plymoth Duster
Owner: Glen Pratt
Award Sponsor: Veteran’s Armory
Category: 1970 Modified
Vehicle: 1972 Chevy Corvette
Owner: David Oreb
Award Sponsor: Veteran’s Armory
Category: Pre & 1975 Factory Stock Muscle
Vehicle: 1969 Chevy Camaro
Owner: Ed Henry
Award Sponsor: Phelan Towing, Inc.
Category: 1976 & Newer Factory Stock Muscle
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Viper
Owner: Skip Ewing
Award Sponsor: JMS Sales, Inc.
Category: Best of the 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s
Vehicle: 1999 Chevy Camaro
Owner: Moses Montanez
Award Sponsor: Mills Hardware
Category: Import Stock
Vehicle: NA
Award Sponsor: Napa Auto Parts – Phelan
Category: Import Modified
Vehicle: 1974 Datsun 260z
Owner: Justin Soliz
Award Sponsor: J. Tidwell & Associates
Category: Beater
Vehicle: 1967 Volkswagon Bug
Owner: Troy Gregory
Award Sponsor: Mobile Service Transmission
Category: Race Car
Vehicle: Custom
Owner: Justin Pettit
Award Sponsor: My Here Sub & Pub
Category: Rat Rod
Vehicle: 1948 REO Speedwagon Truck
Owner: Robert Oneal
Award Sponsor: The Medicine Shoppe
Category: Totally Custom
Vehicle: 1955 Chevy Camero
Owner: Coleen Reily
Award Sponsor: Pinon Hills Market – Chevron
Category: Best Car Under Construction
Vehicle: 1965 Chevy Chevelle
Owner: John Walker
Award Sponsor: Napa Auto Parts – Phelan
Category: Youth Special Interest
Vehicle: 2014 Dragster
Owner: Gavin Rodriguez
Award Sponsor: Mills Hardware
Category: Best Truck Two-Wheel Drive
Vehicle: 1959 Chevy Apache Truck
Owner: Lacy Matson
Award sponsor: Kathy Hoffman, Coldwell Banker
Category: Best Truck Four-Wheel Drive
Vehicle: 1977 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Garrett Shanks
Award Sponsor: Mama Maria Restaurant
Category: Best Engine Compartment
Vehicle: 1962 Chevy Nova
Owner: Joel Mckee
Award Sponsor: J Tidwell & Associates
Category: Best Street Bike
Vehicle: 2016 Harley Davison Soft Tail Deluxe
Owner: Javier Munoz
Award Sponsor: Phelan Market, Inc.
Category: Best UTV
Vehicle: NA
Award Sponsor: Premium UTV Rentals, LLC
Category: Burnout Street
Vehicle: 1964 Ford 250
Owner: Robert Turner
Award Sponsor: The UPS Store #5113
Category: Burnout Race Car
Vehicle: 1960 Ford Mustang
Owner: DJ Barton
Award Sponsor: S&S Electric
Category: Open Header Street
Vehicle: NA
Award Sponsor: Arturo’s Country Kitchen
Category: Open Header Race Car
Vehicle: NA
Award Sponsor: Cal Automotive
Category: Best Paint Stock
Vehicle: 1968 Dodge Superbee
Owner: Ronnie Forbes
Award Sponsor: J. Tidwell & Associates
Category: Best Paint Custom
Vehicle: 1973 Chevy Pickup
Owner: John Walker
Award Sponsor: Mills Hardware
Category: Best Interior Stock
Vehicle: 1969 Chevy Camero
Owner: Ron Morrison
Award Sponsor: S&S Mopar
Category: Best Interior Custom
Vehicle: 1970 Dodge Challenger
Owner: Scott Ewing
Award Sponsor: Turner Security
Category: Mayor’s Choice
Vehicle: 1962 Electrodyne Mark 2
Owner: James Westendorf
Award Sponsor: Anthony Spampinato, 2021 Mayor
Category: President’s Choice
Vehicle: 1963 Studebaker Lark
Owner: Marc Rohrich
Award Sponsor: Mills Hardware
Category: Best of Show
Vehicle: 1954 Ford F-100 Panel
Owner: Larry Colgan
Award Sponsor: Phelan Express

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