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2007 Award Winners

The Rotary Club of Tucson and the Tucson Classics Car Show Award Winners: 2018 Best in Show George Larsen
George Larsen
2007 Best in Show
1948 Chevrolet Woody
Owned by George Larsen
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1953 Ford F-100 Pickup
Owned by Hal Klopp
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1928 Rolls Royce Phantom I
Owned by Darrell Stewart
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1960 Chevrolet Impala
Owned by Ron Troutman
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1946 Chevrolet Pickup
Owned by Wayne Grabb

Awards by Class

The Winner of the 2007 TCCS Best in Show was this 1948 Chevy Woody Station Wagon, owned by George Larson, a commercial real estate broker in Tucson, AZ.

For 20 years from the early 1930s to the 1950s, Ford, Chrysler, Packard, and General Motors built family wagons with varnished woodwork. “It was the SUV of its time,” says Larson. The cars were expensive and required 440 feet of timber, and were impractical to maintain. Surfers would buy older versions of the wagons after their price dropped because they were able to hold 9-foot surfboards.

“They reminded me of a time when I was young,” said Larson adding, “plus thoughts of daddy/daughter cross-country road trips danced in my mind.”

At an annual “Woody meeting” in Encinitas, CA., a surfer dude, with a pregnant wife was ready to sell his Woody. Larson bought the 1948 Chevrolet Fleet Master Woody. The mahogany and ash were perfectly varnished. However, according to Larson, “the engine was too old to be reliable on long road trips.”

Larson then had the Fleet Master restored. It now has a new General Motor crate motor, automatic transmission, disc brakes, dual air, radio, airbag, suspension, a teardrop trailer for camping, and a canoe atop for boating. For the past 16 years, Daddy and daughter have taken many road trips in the Woody.

“Alas, my little girl has grown up. So the Woody and I are left to our memories of an earlier time.”

Class 1: Pre-1950 Cars Original

1st Place: George Larsen of Tucson, AZ 1948 Chevrolet Woody
2nd Place: Dan Herbert of Tucson, AZ 1932 Ford Sedan
3rd Place: Millie & Si Burgheimer of Tucson, AZ 1938 Cadillac Convertible Series 60

Class 2: 1950 Stock Original

1st Place: Jay Smith of Tucson, AZ 1950 Olds 88 2-Door Sedan
2nd Place: Fred & Jan Wedekind of Green Valley, AZ 1955 Ford Sunliner Convertible
3rd Place: Tom Halstead Payson, AZ 1954 Cadillac El Dorado

Class 3: 1950 Modified/Custom

1st Place: Tim Stoner Tucson, AZ 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible
2nd Place: Cecilia Marson Tucson, AZ 1950 Ford Custom
3rd Place: Bill & Chris Groeninger Tucson, AZ 1956 Ford Victoria 2-Door Hardtop

Class 4: 1960-1970 Stock Original

1st Place: Ken Welliver Tucson, AZ 1966 Ford Mustang
2nd Place: Patrick Pierce Goodyear, AZ 1970 Plymouth GTX
3rd Place: Rick Hoelscher Tucson, AZ 1969 Chevy Camaro

Class 5: 1960-1970 Modified/Custom

1st Place: Ron Troutman Tucson, AZ 1960 Chevy Impala
2nd Place: Bob Horchar Tucson, AZ 1964 Dodge 440
3rd Place: Daryl Amans Tucson, AZ 1963 Chevy II Hardtop

Class 6: Corvettes to 1972

1st Place: Gordon Langston Tucson, AZ 1954 Corvette Roadster
2nd Place: Stephen & Pamela Shell Tucson, AZ 1960 Corvette
3rd Place: Randy Myers Tucson, AZ 1966 Corvette

Class 7: American Sports Cars After 1972

1st Place: Clayton Duby Tucson, AZ 2006 Corvette
2nd Place: Larry Manning Tucson, AZ – 1980 Corvette
3rd Place: Dave Hansen Tucson, AZ 2001 Plymouth Prowler

Class 8: Thunderbirds 1955 1972

1st Place: Lynn Bartlett Tucson, AZ 1956 Ford Thunderbird
2nd Place: Ron Thunhorst Tucson, AZ 1963 Ford Thunderbird
3rd Place: Duane & Maryann Miller Tucson, AZ 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Class 9: Muscle Cars to 1972

1st Place: Stephen & Pamela Shell Tucson, AZ 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
2nd Place: Mark Allen Mesa, AZ 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS
3rd Place: Danielle Palazzini Chandler, AZ 1965 Pontiac GTO

Class 10: Mustangs to 1972

1st Place: John & Sharlot Prokop Tucson, AZ – 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2nd Place: Forrest Robinson Tucson, AZ 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
3rd Place: Jon L. Holstrom Tucson, AZ 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

Class 11: Chevy 1955, 1956, 1957

1st Place: Lou & Dee Moore Oracle, AZ 1957 Chevy Bel Air 2-Door
2nd Place: De Harris Moreno Valley, CA 1957 Chevy Bel Air
3rd Place: John Grinnell Tucson, AZ 1955 Chevy Bel Air

Class 12: Foreign/Sport/Import to 1980

1st Place: Alex & Lynne Ross Tucson, AZ 1939 Jaguar Duke K-100
2nd Place: Don Singleton Green Valley, AZ 1927 Bugatti Race Car
3rd Place: Christine Erkman Tucson, AZ 1979 MGB

Class 13: Foreign/Sport/Import After 1980

1st Place: Jill Davis Curtis, Tucson, AZ 1982 Porsche Coupe
2nd Place: Bob Segal Tucson, AZ 2006 Ariel Atom 2
3rd Place: Spencer Mets Oro Valley, AZ 2004 Nissan 350Z

Class 14: Street Rod Closed

1st Place: Jim Chumbler Tucson, AZ 1935 Ford 5-Window
2nd Place: Alex & Lynne Ross Tucson, AZ 1928 Ford Coupe
3rd Place: Bob & Jan Dedmon Phoenix, AZ 1933 Ford Pickup

Class 15: Street Rod Roadster

1st Place: Jack Tucker Mesa, AZ 1937 Ford Club Convertible
2nd Place: Eddie Almada Tucson, AZ 1942 Willys Coupe
3rd Place: Don Day Quartzsite, AZ 1924 Ford T-Touring

Class 16: Special Interest/Modified & Original

1st Place: Richard Oldham Quartzsite, AZ Replica 1954 Waldorf Nomad
2nd Place: Michael Grammond Tucson, AZ 2006 Ford GT-40
3rd Place: Greg Dean Paradise Valley, AZ 2007 Ford 500 Shelby Convertible

Class 17: Trucks/Stock to 1982

1st Place: Wayne Grabb Tucson, AZ 1940 GMC Cab Over
2nd Place: Charles Thim Tucson, AZ 1930 Ford 1-1/2 Ton Fuel Truck
3rd Place: Bill Moore Tucson, AZ 1956 GMC 100

Class 18: Trucks/Modified to 1982

1st Place: Chip & Sandy Porter Sonoita, AZ 1958 Chevrolet Apache Pickup
2nd Place: Jerry & Pat Wallace Tucson, AZ – 1956 Ford Truck F-100
3rd Place: Ernie Ortega, Sr. Taylor, AZ – 1977 Chevrolet Sierra

Class 19: Work in Progress

1st Place: Wendell Avery Tucson, AZ 1928 Ford Roadster Pickup
2nd Place: Bob Chapp Sahuarita, AZ 1949 Chevrolet Coupe
3rd Place: Mike Lunceford Tucson, AZ 1934 Buick Model 67

Class 20: Cobras

1st Place: Mike Treece Tucson, AZ 1965 Cobra 427 SC
2nd Place: Bud Keil Tucson, AZ 1965 Factory Five Cobra 427
3rd Place: Don Schweiger Tucson, AZ 1965 Cobra Replica