The annual Mesquite Motor Mania classic car show event arrived in town over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with over 700 cars. All types of motor classics were represented including street rods, vintage racers and motorbikes. The show was easy to find with clouds of tire smoke from “burn-out” competitions held behind the Casa Blanca Resort.
The annual event was sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas Events, Mesquite Car Shows and the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association. Cars were displayed at the Casa Blanca, Oasis, Virgin River and Eureka casino resorts.
All of the classic vehicles competed for awards, including Best of Show, People Choice Award and Participant’s Choice. Awards were also given for cars judged as “outstanding” in preparation and presentation, as well as awards by the members of the Mesquite Resort Association.
The Best of Show Award went to Syl and Shirley Szucsko of Lake Havasu City, AZ. Their winning car was a red 1950 Cadillac convertible and their prize was $3,000 awarded by Mayor Al Litman and Casa Blanca Resort sales manager Christian Adderson.
The winner of the $2,000 Participants Choice award was Richard Harris of San Jose, CA who entered a 1937 Chevy Woodie, and the show attendees chose Idaho’s Kevin and Tamie Merrill’s 1940 Ford pickup for the $1,000 People’s Choice award.
Locally, there were several winners including an unusual clean sweep of outstanding car awards for all four entries of Tom and Jayne Fulton of Mesquite. The couple won awards for their 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, 1930 Model A, 1964.5 Mustang and the Oasis Resort Award for their 1947 Mercury convertible.
Other award winners from Mesquite included Ed and Linda Rino for their 1929 T-Bucket and Ed and Shelly Stoiber for their 1934 “Hyboy” Ford.
The annual event is one the largest car shows in the country and brings enthusiasts to Mesquite from all over the country.