Sunday, 30 November 2003 17:00

CAA East Bay Chapter hosts Custom Truck Competition

Written by Karyn Hendricks
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Miniature big rigs and all kinds of toys were everywhere as the East Bay Chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) hosted its 6th Annual Toys for Tots Truck Competition at the Hilton in Concord, California, on November 18. 

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Dave McClune, CAA Executive Director (r) presented the Chapter of the Year Award to East Bay Chapter's President Jim Boyle (l).

Along with the numerous autobody shops, dealerships and auto industry vendors in attendance came a few special guest appearances. Senator Tom Torlakson spoke to the audience about the collision repair industry and its relationship with newly-elected Governor Schwartzenegger. CAA President-elect Kelly Swenson and Executive Director Dave McClune were on hand to present the East Bay Chapter with the award for Chapter of the Year.

The heart of the evening, once again, was the truck competition, with 11 all steel Nylint big-rig-scale toy trucks entered. Each truck was unique in design and custom in paint, with entries ranging from fire breathing dragons to West Coast Chopper haulers. The body shops and vocational schools that participated in the competition this year spent two months creating and customizing their trucks, which are distributed to the contestants by the East Bay Chapter.

Everyone's a winner!

After the judging was completed, the trucks were auctioned off in a silent auction, the proceeds of which went to Toys for Tots. This year the East Bay Chapter presented Toys for Tots with a check for $3,200.00 and over 200 toys to distribute. In addition, Mike's Auto Body, Concord, presented Toys for Tots with a check for $500.00 from donations they have collected from their CE Training. Cooks Collision and Regal Collision also presented Toys for Tots with a check for $175.00.

This year's judges, CAA's Dave McClune, City of Martinez Mayor Rob Shroder and Perfect Past owner John Bartevian, had a hard time selecting a winner from among such tough competition. Simplicity won out as Magnussen Car West of Dublin received the first place award for its striking red and silver design.

In addition to second place, Mike's Auto Body took home the People's Choice Award for its metallic green West Coast Chopper hauler, complete with a ramp that opens up from the side of the truck to unload the choppers that accompany the hauler.

Silver and blue proved to be the winning color combination for third-place winner Tri Valley R.O.P. 

For more information and lots of photos of past year's trucks, visit the East Bay Chapter website at www.ebaanow.com.

Article contributed by Ragan Rose, event coordinator for CAA East Bay Chapter.


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Magnussen Car West of Dublin took home 1st Prize Mike's Autobody took 2nd Place and People's Choice 3rd Place winner Tri Valley R.O.P.


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