Marshall’s Market in Aromas held a car show on May 17, kicking off a seasonal event that continues on the third Wednesday of the month until October.
Juana and Oscar Munoz, owners of Marshall’s for the past 14 years, organize the car shows because, in Juana’s words, “Oscar has been a car guy from age 18. We used to go to car shows, but when we purchased this business, we were too busy to go to them, so we brought them here instead,” she said.
While looking over a parking lot full of cars, Oscar noted that there are between 50 and 75 cars each time. “They come from all over,” he said. “It is free for anyone to bring their car here and it can be a work in progress,” Juana said, noting that the vehicles do not need to be completely restored. “It’s a family-oriented event, and you can see cars from those totally finished to just rust buckets."
There were classic automobiles dating from the early 1900s through the 60s and 70s, hot rods, and vehicles with vivid colors of yellow, red, blue, and many decorated with pinstripes.
A band played music and several car enthusiasts sat on benches enjoying a barbecue purchased from the store.
Mike Miller arranges for the bands to play and Lupe Martinez assists in getting the word out about the show. Howard McGinnis, a retired farmer from Royal Oaks, said he is still working on his 1951 Dodge, which needs a fresh coat of paint that would set him back some big bucks. To a novice eye, the shiny black car looked great as is. The car has been updated with power windows, air conditioning and disc breaks.
A 1937 GMC could be the example of a rust bucket in need of lots of tender, loving care.
“It’s a hobby,” Ryan Weldon said, indicating he has lots of work to do on the truck, but will take his time.
The show continues every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., on June 21, July 19, Sept. 20, and the last show of the season will be on Saturday, Oct. 21 from noon to 5 p.m.
Marshall’s Store is located at 300 Carpenteria Rd. in Aromas.