Hot rods cruise through Stateline |

Hot rods cruise through Stateline

Michael Schneider

The 13th annual South Lake Tahoe Good Samaritans Car Club’s car show featured some of the West’s most vintage hot rods for a good cause.

This year’s event, held at the Horizon Casino Resort, saw 375 cars compete for the top honor, Best of Show.

That prize went to Phil Green, of Saratoga, and Al Megenity, of San Jose, for their impeccable 1933 Ford Roadster. The duo of longtime friends recently completed restoring the Roadster at Megenity’s Campbell auto repair shop.

“The kids are all grown up so we needed something to do,” Green said. “We’ve known each other all our lives, but this is the first time we put a car together.”

The car was finished in June and has competed in three other big car shows. In Pleasanton, Pismo Beach and Colorado, the Roadster won other awards, but never best of show.

According to Good Samaritan Tom Argos, this time the San Jose partner’s car won so many awards they had to give a few back. He said the winners were more than willing to share the 50-plus lesser awards with other worthy cars.

“Everyone here at the show liked their car,” Argos said.

Although vintage hot rods were the order of the day, the underlying reason for the show was getting casino patrons home safely all year long, according to Good Samaritan Larry Williams, master of ceremonies for the show.

Williams said proceeds from the show go to the Safe Rides program instituted by the Good Samaritans.

Since part of the casino core’s business involves giving away free alcohol, Williams said the program was started to give rides to intoxicated casino patrons who would have otherwise driven.

Safe Rides can be used by locals as well as visitor’s to the South Shore who’ve sucked down a few too many cocktails.

Williams said the program has begun to receive some national recognition and is serving as a model for similar programs in other resort areas.

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