It has been several years since I last attended “Thunder in Depot Park” the annual car show presented by The Thunderbolts, (the Capitol Auto Club), the oldest Hot Rod Club in the U.S. I knew this because the T-Shirt I’ve been wearing says Thunder in Depot Park #2 and this was #9. So, in between rain storms here in Northern California, I drove out to Rio Linda. I was shocked by how many cars were there, this show has really grown. Depot Park is a long narrow grassy area that starts on M Street and probably goes back about half a mile and it was filled with cars.
For many years I worked in Rio Linda, either at Brasher’s Auto Auction or at my Auto Transport business. It was great to see some old friends again and eat a Tummy’s sandwich. I got to meet Wayne Cleveland from Citrus Heights, a member of the North Valley Rodders. He showed me his beautiful 1930 Ford, which he drives to most of the nearby shows. The colors were so bright and clear, an absolutely gorgeous street rod.
The following are a few of my favorites.
There were several car clubs represented including: the Capitol City Cruisers, the Townsmen of Sacramento, Rods & Relics, the Cherrietters, the Slicks of Sacramento, the Hot Rods of Fresno, the North Valley Rodders and of course, the Thunderbolts. I apologize there were probably some others that I missed. The West Capitol Raceway Alumni Association was also there with a few examples of vintage race cars.
Our thanks to the Thunderbolts for again putting on such a great show and for somehow squeezing it in between the rain.
For lots more photos from Rio Linda, check out our photo gallery.