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10 years of Cars and Coffee
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Jazlyn Tucker talks about her deep purple 1967 Camaro she restored with the help of her dad during the 10th Cars and Coffee event hosted Saturday by Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency on Canal Drive in Turlock (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

Like many fathers and daughters Garry and Jazlyn Tucker spend time on a shared hobby. On Saturday, they both got to share their hobby of restoring classic cars with the community at the 10th Cars and Coffee event hosted by Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency and sponsored by Haggerty Collector Car Insurance.

Garry Tucker’s burnt orange 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible and Jazlyn Tucker’s deep purple 1967 Camaro were two of the marque cars at Saturday’s event. Jazlyn said she got the car when she was 15.

“I’ve had it six years now and it’s some of the best memories I have. I love coming out to all these local shows…It's been a great hobby over the years,” she said.

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Brian Jerner, a veteran of the Cars and Coffee event, displays a special family project — a McLaren M23 Formula One race car (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

The Tuckers were just one of many families who enjoyed showing off and viewing classic and unique vehicles, while enjoying free coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches at the Saturday event.

The annual community car show — which saw a one-year hiatus due to COVID — was bigger and better than ever and featured a wide range of vehicles on display not only in the Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green parking lots on Canal Drive, but also in the adjacent business’ lot along N. Mitchell Avenue.

“Ten years of great cars and great people, and we really couldn’t do it without the drivers participating and supporting our event,” said WIS&G Insurance Broker Jeremy Benjamin, who spearheaded the creation of the Cars and Coffee event, as he is also a car enthusiast.

This was the first Cars and Coffee event for Herb Jenkins and his 1968 Volkswagen Westfalia camper edition. He bought the vintage camper years ago as a “rust bucket,” but after putting in new metal and refinishing it, he now uses to go camping regularly. He’d heard of the Cars and Coffee event before but this was the first time entering the car show.

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Youth Judge Jonathan Widow shares with the crowd his overall favorite car at the show — the 1966 Shelby Cobra (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

“It’s very nice; more vehicles than I thought there would be and it’s a great venue,” Jenkins said.

Ryan Jerner is a veteran of the Cars and Coffee event, but this year he was displaying a special family project — a McLaren M23 Formula One race car that was built by Kurt Jerner. The Jerners had just put the car on the ground for the first time last week and attracted quite a few admirers. They plan to have it race-ready by next year for the autocross events at the Crows Landing Airport put on by the Sports Car Club of America.

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Car enthusiasts of all ages enjoyed the show on Saturday (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

For the past several events, WIS&G choose a youth organization to partner with as a way to continue the car culture to the next generation. This year, the event welcomed a panel of teen judges from Turlock Young Life, a Christian organization for high school students to help them grow in their faith. The organization also has a teen mom support group. The youth judges picked three winners: the 1970 Chevelle owned by Joshua Morgan took first place, the 1969 Camaro owned by Ben Huddleson took second and the 356 Porsche owned by Steve Smith came in third.