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Photos by Mary Alice Murphy; winner's list below from Tedd Walters

The 26th Annual Run to Copper Country took place Aug. 19, 2017 at Gough Park. According to one of the organizers, Clara Bustillos, 143 vehicles registered for the event, plus 10member cars. She said those coming the farthest for the show were from Phoenix, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM."We have cars from the 1920s, and almost every other decade, up to the 1960s," Bustillos said. "We also have handmade trophies for many of the winners."

Cruz Bustillos, Clara's husband, said more than 30 car clubs were represented at the show.

Clara Bustillos said more than 100 door prizes were being handed out, and raffles would win some folks some nice prizes, including a 350 Chevy crate engine, donated by Sisbarro; a fold-down barbecue grill, donated by Ace Hardware; an area rug, donated by Steve Maxwell; a big tool box with goodies inside; a New Mexico wine basket; and a vehicle battery.

Trophies

Club Pick- Joe Diestler, Payson, AZ- 1956 Ford
Rodder’s Choice- Paul and /Marlene Harrison, Green Valley, AZ- 1932 Ford Coupe
Best Sedan Delivery- Rich Willie, Tucson, AZ- 1934 Chevy Sedan Delivery
Most Modified Truck- Geno Clark, Tucson AZ- 1948 Ford Pick Up
Ladies Choice- Rudy and Patsy Apodaca, Hanover, NM- 1934 Plymouth Coupe
Hard Luck- Marshall Hynch, Las Cruces, NM- 1966 Oldsmobile Tornado
Best Factory Muscle Car- Rich Langowski, Tucson, AZ- 1970 Chevy Chevelle
Best Flames- Jerry Haley, El Paso, TX- 1933 Chevy
Best Chopped Rod- Ron Truex, Tucson AZ- 1937 Ford
Cruiz’n to a Tee- Ron Crowley, Globe, AZ- 1926 Ford Model ‘T”
Truck’n to Copper Country- Sherwood Nance, Silver City, NM- 1953 Chevy Truck
Under Construction- Shelby Mead, Silver City, NM- 1966 Ford F-100
Best Rat Rod- Craig Wilgrass, Silver city, NM- 1926 Ford Model “T”
Cool Hardtop- Vall and Leila Owen- Sierra Vista, AZ- 1950 Chevy 2Dr Hardtop
Sheriff’s Pick- Richard Sanchez, Silver City, NM- 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge (original owner, purchased here in Silver City)
Sweet Ride- Pete Stewert, Silver City, NM- 1968 Buick Riviera
Best Wagon- Ed and Salley Weed, Sierra Vista, AZ- 1967 Chevy Nova Wagon
Anthony’s Choice- Bill and Robbie Kern, Quemado, NM- 1935 Doge Bros. Pick Up
Dazzling Dozen Awards
Jerry and Lucy Kilgore, Las Cruces, NM- 1932 Ford Roadster
Arnule Riesgo, Tucson, AZ- 1959 GMC Pick Up
Mike Contez, Tucson, AZ- 1956 Chevy 210
Cecil O’Dell, Duncan, AZ- 1965 Falcon Sprinte
Henry and Dialas Batten, Mesa AZ- 1956 ford ick Up
Jim and Ellen Ackerman, Sierra Vista, AZ- 1937 Ford Four doo
Kim Myers, Casa Grande, AZ- 1967 Chevy Camaro
Larry and Dee Wilson, Gilbert, AZ- 1955 Buick Century,Hard Top
Roy Herrera, Santa Fe, NM- 1955 Chevrolet Belair
Ramon Flores, Silver City, NM- 1960 Chevy Impala
Noah Chavez, Silver City, NM- 1957 Cadillac
Bill Grimm, El Paso, TX- 1949 Studebaker Truck

350 Chevy Engine Raffle won by Roy Herrera, Santa Fe, NM
50/50 Raffle ($490.00) was won by Becky Hoay

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