AutoXpo: A Success From The Beginning
By CHRISTINE SACKEY
The Humboldt Beacon
The Annual Fortuna
July 24-25-26, 2015!
The Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo
(website) gives spectators and participants alike the
chance to pause on the threshold of the future and cast a glance - and
more than a glance - at the past.
This popular annual event has grown
from a small car show and swap meet to a phenomenon that fills the town
and includes an antiques show, a display of antique tractors and engines,
and a craft show. Up to 20,000 people a day crowd into Fortuna on all three days of the
event to look at all of the above plus the main attraction - cars, cars
and more cars.
and Greg Lovick are two of the committee members who have been
AutoXpo since its inception. Lovick recalled that it
all began in 1990, when some students at Fortuna Union High School
wanted to put on a car show. They called Hizer, who called some of
his friends, and in two days they got together 20-25 cars for a show
at Newburg Park, Lovick said. Out of that success, AutoXpo was
20,000 people a day crowd into Fortuna on all three days of the
event to look at all of the above plus the main attraction - cars,
cars and more cars."
Hizer said that he and Stan Smith spent about $250 on that first
show, which drew around a hundred vehicles. No money was spent to
advertise that first year - "We figured the spectators would come because
it's free," Lovick said. (Continued
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