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Greased lightnin’: Car show raises money for local charities

By Brittany Anderson

BUDA — Cars of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages sprawled across the lawn of Buck’s Backyard this past weekend. 

A total of 107 cars participated and hundreds more people showed up to attend the second annual Siena Car Show on July 24, raising around $6,000 to benefit the Autism Society of Texas and Knights of Columbus local charities.

Cars ranged from as old as the year 1930 to as new as the year 2022. Owners propped open their hoods and kept the windows down for car enthusiasts of all kinds to check out the interior and exterior of the vehicle and see what made it so unique. Others had props in and around their cars, like a 1967 Chevrolet G10 van decked out with Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine gear.


Food, market vendors and a bounce house rounded out the family-friendly event. 

Myron Wilson of Seguin brought his 1954 Plymouth Belvedere to the show, winning him a Top 25 award. Wilson said he had been on the hunt for a car like this for a while before finally finding this one, and said he enjoys driving it all over town.

Closing out the show was an awards ceremony where several awards were given. Duane Hundl took home the Knight’s Choice award for his 1966 Mustang, while Mike Santos won Best in Show with his 1957 Thunderbird. The Road Rockers won the #1 Auto Club for having the most entries. 

Mike Santos with his 1957 Thunderbird, which garnered him the Best in Show award. Santos, who originally hails from San Diego, inherited the car from his mother and spent several years working on it — including repainting the exterior in this stunning blue.

The top 25 cars also received plaques for having the most votes, determined by attendees. In no particular order, the top 25 entries were: 

Ken Carter, 1959 Fairlane 500 Galaxie
Bruce Mouton, 1946 Ford Coupe
Daniel Fitzgerald, 1966 Ford Mustang
Toby Santiago, 1936 Buick 40 Special
Jarrod Houchen, 1956 Ford F100
Donovan Ludwig, 1956 Chevy MGA 300
Dan Marshall, 1940 Packard 120
Mark Ruiz, 1967 Volkswagen Bug
Mike Joyner, 1970 Ford Mustang
Roy Durham, 1970 Chevy C10
Steve Cokins, 1964 Ford Convertible
Simonne Leo, 1958 Century Caballero and 1968 Pontiac Firebird
David Justin, 1964 Ford Fairlane
Myron Wilson, 1954 Plymouth Belvedere
Eric Scarlett, 1955 Oldsmobile
Felix Maldonado, 1952 Chevy
Steve Jo Maan, 1970 Dodge Dart
Mark Wink, 1934 Ford Coupe
Josh Tanya, 2015 Corvette
Chris Correa, 1961 Chevy Impala
Robert Vogel, 1963 Chevy Corvette
Yami Funk, 1959 Cadillac Convertible

1930 Dodge Coupe, aka the The T-Rex.

All photos by Brittany Anderson.

About Author

Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021.

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