Thunder on the Plains hosted its annual car show Saturday at Levelland City Park with a better than usual turn out.
This year, Thunder on the Plains reported a total of 150 entries, which is up about 40 entries from years past, on average.
Also, 13 people competed in the burn out contest, an increase from the five vehicles that competed in the contest last year.
Cody Poage, who heads up the committee for the car show, reported that during the cruise Friday night, it also appeared that more people were in attendance–at least before the dirt and rain blew in.
“It went really well,” Poage said. “We really didn’t know what to expect. We figured we would just have a few or we would have a bunch and as it turned out, we had a bunch.”
Poage said in addition to the normal people who traditionally participate in the car show, there were also a lot of new people who showed up Saturday.
“We have a lot of the same people who come and we recognize, we see some of the same people but there were a lot of new people this time,” Poage said. “We were pretty excited about that to see a new group of people coming in and out.”
Poage said there were entries from across the region, from Big Spring to Lamesa and from Plainview to Odessa.
“A lot of them are closer but we get some outlying ones, too,” Poage said. “We do drag some people in from a good ways away.”
Poage said the committee for the Thunder on the Plains Car Show appreciates everyone who assists and makes it possible for the car show to happen every year.
“We appreciate everybody who helps us, from the city to the people at the park, to the radio station and to everybody that helps us. We couldn’t do it without all the help we get and we appreciate it,” Poage said. “We appreciate everybody from town who comes out and watches the cruise or walks through the car show. Those guys who bring their cars out there, they love showing them off and talkng about them. People coming out is a big deal for them.”
This year was the 14th year for the Thunder on the Plains Car Show and Poage said with a meeting scheduled soon, the committee will begin discussing plans for the 15th year.
In Class A, project in progress, Kelly King placed first with a 1928 Model A Ford, Gerardo Rodriguez placed second with a 1973 Chevy Blazer, and Pat Hernandez placed third with a 1958 Chevy.
In Class B, stock motorcycle, Kip Hancock placed first with a 2013 Ducati and Val Perez placed second with a 2007 Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
In Class C, custom motorcycle, Mike Mancillas placed first with a 2003 custom motorcycle and Randy Taylor placed second with a 1997 Honda trike.
In Class D, 1950’s classic, Jimmy Crenshaw placed first with a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette, Larry Beadles placed second with a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria, and Ron Edwards placed third with a 1963 Chevy Impala.
In Class E, original cars, Ricky Cookston placed first with a 1930 Model A Ford, Jared Cookston placed second with a 1964 Ford Galaxie, and Billy Greener placed third with a 1963 Chevy Impala.
In Class F, generic class (open), Darla Burton placed first with a 1929 CJ-5 Jeep and Herb Alzabach placed second with a 1930 Model A Ford.
In Class G, custom/modified, Kaleb Baldridge placed first with a 1967 Lincoln Continental, James Salas placed second with a 1930 Ford Coupe, and Jason Hill placed third with a 1985 C30 Chevrolet.
In Class H, sports cars and custom trucks, Walter Hanel placed first with a 1920 Chevy Corvette, Tracy Miller placed second with a 2013 Corvette ZR1, and Bryan Bentley placed third with a 2019 Camaro ZL1.
In Class I, 90s model and older, Larry Beadles placed first with a 1936 GMC pick-up, Justin Greene placed second with a 1985 GMC 1500, and Jimmy Davis placed third with a 1983 C-10 Chevy.
In Class J, 90s model and newer, Henry Granados placed first with a 2003 Chevy Silverado, Caden Crenshaw placed second with a 1993 Ford F-150, and Demetrio Jaramillo placed third with a 2014 GMC Sierra.
In Class K, pro-street, Steve Loa placed first with a 1932 Ford Model A pick-up and Mike Sapia placed second with a 1997 Chevy Camaro Z28.
In Class L, Mopar muscle cars between 1964 and 1981, Jeff Riedel placed first with a 1970 Dodge Superbee and Mason Newsom placed second with a 1971 Plymouth Cuda.
In Class M, GM muscle cars between 1964 and 1981, Greg Daniel placed first with a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, Calvin Frey placed second with a 1967 Chevy II, and Jimmy Crenshaw placed third with a 1969 Pontiac Firebird.
In Class N, Ford muscle cars between 1964 and 1981, Abel and Lisa Rios placed first with a 1971 Ford Mustang, Ronnie and June Maxwell placed second with a 1971 Ford Torino, and Paul Elliott placed third with a 1962 Ford Galaxie.
In Class O, other muscle cars between the years 1964 and 1981, John Rose placed first with a 1980 Chevy Corvette.
In Class P, BOP muscle cars between the years 1964 and 1981, Mike Iden placed first with a 1966 GTO Pontiac.
In Class Q, fender hot/street rods older than 1949, Craig and Debbie Hancock placed first with a 1927 Model A Ford pick-up, Scott Feazell placed second with a 1926 Super 6 Essex, and Lonnie and Hellen Adrian placed third with a 1937 four-door Plymouth.
In Class R, non-fender hot/street rods older than 1949, Steve Corgill placed first with a T-Bucket Ford, Ronald Greer placed second with a 1947 International Rat Rod, and Kerry Faver placed third with a 1949 6400 Chevy.
In Class S, new cars years 2001 to present, Gabe Velasquez placed first with a 2011 CTS-V Cadillac, Kaden Alonzo placed second with a 2016 Dodge Charger, and Liza Muso placed third with a 2012 Chevy GS Corvette.
In Class T, original trucks, Jimmy Crenshaw placed first with a 1965 Chevy C-10, Ricky Jaramillo placed second with a 1985 GMC Sierra, and Ray Reyna placed third with a 1980 Chevrolet El Camino.
In Class U, SUV, Steven Boschma placed first with a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chad Wisenant placed second with a 1975 CJ5 Jeep, and Tim Castro placed third with a 1987 Chevy Suburban.
The Best Ford award was presented to Abel and Lisa Rios. The Best Mopar was presented to Jeff Riedel. The Best Chevy award was presented to Maxwell Lynn. The Best Paint award was presented to Ronnie and June Maxwell. The Best Engine award was presented to Steve Corgill. The Best of the Rest award was presented to Mike Iden.
The People’s Choice award and Best of Show both went to Jimmy Crenshaw.
The Thunder on the Plains Cruise drew good attendance, not only of people driving vehicles down College Avenue and through downtown Levelland, but also residents sitting on tailgates, on lawn chairs and curbs around the square and down Avenue H Friday evening until a summer storm blew sand and light rain into town.
Award winners included Mark Zapata and his 1951 Fleetline which won Tony’s Oilfield trophy and Perry Reden of Lubbock who drove a 1970 Baracuda and won the Malouf Properties trophy.
Earning Thunder on the Plains Cruise awards were Raul Orosco who drove a 1953 GMC pickup; Mike Iden of Lubbock who drove a 1966 Pontiac GTO; Corbin Crenshaw, who drove a 1965 C10 pickup; Levelland Police officer Dakota Moody who drove a 2019 Chevy Tahoe; Barry Royal who drove his 2019 Dodge Challenger and Jerry Gonzales, who drove his original 1969 Chevrolet pickup.
Also earning Thunder on the Plains awards were A Ryan Alvarado, who drove a 1972 K5Blazer; Cody Poage, who drove his 1956 Cherolet Belair and Larry Beadles, who drove his 1929 Ford Roadster.
Armando Lee, who was dressed as “Batman” earned the Wallace Theater trophy with his black 2001 Ford Mustang GT convertible.
In the burn out contest, which was held Saturday at high noon just outside the Levelland City Park, Sergio Flores placed first and earned the King of the Hill award.
Justin Standerfer won second place and Brent West earned third place in the contest.
There were 13 entries in this year’s burn out contest.