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Fourth Mesquite Motor Mania draws record field of more than 700 classic cars in three-day event
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A record field of more than 700 classic cars and a crowd in the thousands, the  community about 80 miles north of Las Vegas became the scene of awesome machinery, great people and even the Smokin’ Big Chili Challenge II doubleheader that benefited the Goodie Two Shoes organization.

All that was missing was Henry Winkler as The Fonz. With street cruising along with an assortment of everything from a 100 year-old Cadillac to dragsters and cars from several decades, Mesquite Motor Mania was definitely a time of enjoying the good old days.

Reality may have set in again when the gathering of machinery headed home in all directions reaching from the state of Washington in the northwest to Texas in the South and countless other states throughout the country.

Among the admirers was Mesquite Mayor Mark Wier.

 People of all ages flocked to Mesquite for the fourth annual Mesquite Motor Mania Jan. 13-15.

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Dwight Melvin, a 61 year-old admitted car guy, brought his cruiser 1950 Chevrolet Fleetwood to the show.

A couple that really learned to love Mesquite Motor Mania was the husband and wife team of Richard and Menchy Pruett of San Clemente, Calif. Visiting Mesquite for the first time, the Pruetts captured Best of Show with a beautiful 1941 Black Willys powered by a 496 cubic inch Chevrolet big block.

 “I have been around cars since I was a little kid,” said Mr. Pruett, a retired former salesman. “People like us get a kick out of revisiting the old days and you can do just that with a car show. We can visit yesteryear. This brought the kid out of me.”

 “I don’t’ mind getting dirty at all,” Mrs. Pruett laughed just before climbing under the Willys to check something. “This ($3,000) is our biggest payday.”

“The people here are so friendly,” Mr. Pruett said adding that the couple purchased the car from a resident of Yakima, Wash. “I have never met so many friendly nice people at a car show.”

Chris Slater of Las Vegas won the burnout competition in a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino.

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 “It’s really a lot of fun up here,” said Slater, whose car has a 454 cubic inch engine. “This show is really cool because you can drive around to the different hotels and show off your car. Mesquite is quiet and a great getaway.”

Specialty Awards included Best of Chrome, Outstanding Paint, Outstanding Engine, Best Engineered, Hottest Flames, Coolest Car, Sanitary Award and Hot Stuff.

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