Centennial gets vintage with it

Written by Tyler Reese

Sleek waxed bodies that lay low to the ground spread out along Fairfax Avenue for anyone’s enjoyment whom may be around.

“The Corvette club I’m with called me and said they needed Corvettes for the parade to hall dignitaries and a couple days ago I found out there was going to be a car show after the parade so after I got done with the parade i came over here,” Danny Arant a Parade/Car Show participant said.

The car show Riverside City College held on its Nov. 7 Centennial Celebration held this such vibe. When the parade arrived on campus, the cars were lined up so that they would be in position for the show.

Arant owns one of the 200 total commemorative edition 1953 Corvettes made. The frame of the car was made out of a 2004 Corvette C5 convertible and then converted to fit a modernized version of the 1953 model.

“1953 was the first year for Corvettes, this guy in Michigan he built this and he tried to sell it to G.M. (General Motors) to use for the 50th anniversary,” Arant said.  “ It was his vision of what a 53 Corvette would look like if G.M. built it today. However, it’s not an exact replica but a modernized version.”

Other vehicles displayed at the car show were a custom 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon and 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport, plus a 1968 Pontiac GTO and a 1963 Chevrolet Impala.

“The parade was awesome, especially when I got to see all the old cars, but when the Car Show started and i could finally get up close, my heart skipped a beat pretty much,” attendee Julio Elizondo said.  “I love older cars especially since when they have been restored.”

The show started promptly at 10:30 a.m. when the parade, which started in downtown Riverside, ended at RCC’s campus. The car show later ended approximately at 1 p.m. The only thing to be heard at the end of the show was the rumbling of engines and owners putting their pedals to the metal. 

“The Show was a cool little tad bit to add after the parade ended, also just being able to see all the cars up close rather than from far away is an awesome experience all by itself,” Isaiah Rendley said. “Overall it was a cool experience to see everything up close and I’m looking forward till later today for the tailgate party and football game.”