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La Terraza, 1940 Buick win at Cambria Chili Cook-Off and Car Show

Show attendees browse during a sunny afternoon of checking out classic cars in the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot Saturday, April 18. Awards were presented for stret car, muscle car, military vehicle, motorcycle, truck and best of show.
Show attendees browse during a sunny afternoon of checking out classic cars in the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot Saturday, April 18. Awards were presented for stret car, muscle car, military vehicle, motorcycle, truck and best of show. sprovost@thetribunenews.com

La Terraza and Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill were the big winners at the Cambria Chili Cook-Off on Saturday afternoon at the Pinedorado grounds. 

La Terraza took first place from a panel of six judges, while Moonstone was the People’s Choice Award winner. La Terraza also took third place in the People’s Choice balloting. True Value Hardware won the Showmanship Award, which was also based on People’s Choice votes.

Eight chili recipes were entered in the competition. In the judges’ tally, Cambria Window Cleaning placed second. CeCe, Joseph and Angelina placed third. In the People’s Choice balloting, West End Bar and Grill took second.

Judges for the cook-off were Consuelo Macedo, from The Cambrian; Mark Morris, from A Matter of Taste; Celynn Lyman, from KTEA; her son Charlie; Steve Provost, from The Cambrian; and Greg Cunningham, from 97.3 The Rock.

Mary Ann Carson, executive director of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event, estimated some 700 people turned out for the event, which was paired with the annual Car Show in the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot. 

A total of 55 cars participated in the event, with participants voting on the top entries and a People’s Choice Award selected by attendees.

Jeny Rava’s 1940 red Buick sedan took first place in the judging, ahead of Tom Leatherwood’s 1937 red Ford coupe, and Mike and Karen Noriega’s 1932 red Ford roadster owned by John Whitworth took People’s Choice with his 1952 black Porsche speedster.

Other awards included:

  • Muscle Car —1972  green and black Dodge Challenger, Randall Watterworth.
  • Street Car  — 1929 yellow Ford two-door sedan, Mike Boyer.
  • Military —  1952 green Jeep, Mel McColloch.
  • Motorcycle — 1998  blue Harley, Ralph Aguilera.
  • Truck — 1910 blue Buick Depot Hack, Denis Axtell.
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