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Throttlers, Pharoahs Car Clubs Stage Successful Show
With sunlight glinting off his shined up 1931 Ford Roadster, Oakdale resident Jim Miraglia, far left, discusses some of the finer points of the classic with attendees at the car show staged in Wood Park on Sept. 28. Marg Jackson/The Leader

Things really couldn’t have turned out any better.

Bright sunshine, relatively mild temperatures and more than a hundred classic cars and trucks on display.

It all added up to a successful car show, hosted by the Modesto Throttlers and Pharoahs car clubs, pooling resources to put on the event in Wood Park at the intersection of F Street and Yosemite in Oakdale. The show ran for much of the day on Saturday, Sept. 21 – with those displaying their vehicles having plenty of time to talk shop with those stopping in to see the classics.

“I can go over 100 and not worry about it,” Jim Miraglia of Oakdale boasted of his 1931 Ford Roadster. “I’ve had an incredible run in my life with cars.”

Though he grew up in the San Leandro-Hayward area, Miraglia has called Oakdale home for many years. He is able to enjoy the slower pace and spend plenty of time working on his vehicles.

“Life is so nice up here, I couldn’t have picked a better place than Oakdale,” he said.

For Mel Hill of Modesto, it was a 1970 Plymouth Duster that was on display, a car his grandchildren have worked on with him. It also is just one of many that make up his varied collection.

“It has a custom built 360 engine,” Hill said. “It was good for the (grand) kids to work on.”

He also said his father had a love of vehicles, so it came naturally to him as well.

“I’m a Corvette guy,” he admitted.

His father was partial to Packards and Hill said he likes those as well. But the best part of a show, for him, is earning a top award, something he did at the Pebble Beach show in 1982 when he was a Class Winner with his 1937 Super Eight Packard.

“It’s nice to be the best in the world for one day,” he said. “The best there is.”

Pharoahs Vice President Larry Moss said with “over 100 cars” entered on Saturday, everything went well. The food sold out, the variety of cars was endless and people were happy.

“Everybody is complimenting us on what a great show it is,” Moss said.

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Mel Hill of Modesto pulled some scrapbooks out of the trunk of his 1970 Plymouth Duster, displaying some of his other favorites, Packards, during the Saturday car show in Oakdale’s Wood Park. Marg Jackson/The Leader