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Custom and classic cars rev up ‘Rods and Roses’ in Carpinteria

250 custom and classic cars filled downtown Carpinteria Saturday for the 21st Rods and Roses show.

The event covered Linden Avenue for several blocks and some side streets. It had a variety of entries that captivated car, truck, motorcycle and military vehicle lovers of all ages.

Many American classic and muscle cars were on display. Some were dolled up with car hop mannequins, surfboards, or old-fashioned memories such as the Bob’s Big Boy statue.

Some of the cars were extremely rare and only get out at a few car shows a year. They include classics from the Michael Armand Hammer collection. Hammer was also the Grand Marshal of the Carpinteria Independence Day Parade after the car show.

Custom awards made from shaped and polished car parts were presented in various categories including one in honor of the late Andy Granatelli, Mr. Indy 500.

Rods and Roses raised money to support local non-profit groups such as Future Farmers of America, Carpinteria Cares for Youth, Hope Net, Carpinteria Education Foundation, The Food Pantry and Hospice Santa Barbara. Flower bouquets were sold by the Carpinteria High FFA and flowers were provided by Myriad.

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