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Classic Cars, Hot Rods Return To Sno-White On Thursdays
Classic cars
Linda Jo Carlson, of Riverbank, shows off her “unrestored” 1963 Ford Falcon. Although it still sports some of its original rust spots, she has decorated the engine compartment and some of its equipment with some ‘bling,’ shiny, sparkly decorations enhancing the area under the hood. She said the car has been in her family since it was built, being passed down through the generations after coming west from Alabama. Ric McGinnis/The News
Hot Rod
Cars for the 1910's to the 70's are on display in the parking lot at the Sno-White Drive-In in downtown Riverbank. Their owners/drivers are returning on their regular Thursday evenings, just like they have in years past. Most weeks, they fill up the lot, sitting around chatting, sharing stories and enjoying the drive-in fare. On other summer evenings they gather at different locations around the area. Ric McGinnis/The News

Last Thursday night, June 11, saw the return of hot rods to the parking lot of the Sno-White Drive-In in Riverbank. The upbeat group said they’re not letting COVID-19 restrictions keep them down.

Members of the Northern California West Coast Kustoms car club have resumed their weekly get-togethers at the drive-in, where they gather with their hot rods to eat and talk over their plans for similar shows through the summer.

On other nights, members of the club gather at other locations throughout the Central Valley area.

Owners/drivers and their companions bring their own chairs, for the most part, and set up in a circle in part of the parking lot. The rest of the place is filled up with their classic cars, customs or hot rods.

In the past, members of the club and their cars could be found participating in the weekly Farmers Market in Riverbank. That event has not made a return yet this season but the classic car owners, with some restrictions on local gatherings loosening, have seized the opportunity to get together. The group members enjoy ‘talking shop’ about their vehicles and often cover the history of when and where the car was purchased and how much has gone into it to bring it back to vibrant life.

Chevy Bel Aire
Riverbank's Terry Barrett, along with his 1956 Chevy Bel Aire, has returned to the Sno-White Drive-In, along with other area hot rodeos and classic car enthusiasts. Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, owner/drivers and their companions are back at the popular Sno-White Drive-In, planning regular get-togethers there for Thursday evenings. Ric McGinnis/The News