Farmington— The roar of engines echoed across Sycamore Park Community Center on Saturday as car collectors sat out on the lawn and showed off their cars.
It was all part of the Car Show and Craft Fair, an annual event at the community center. The show featured various activities, including food vendors, games for children, music, a burn out contest and prizes.
A wide variety of cars were on display. Mark Atwood brought his family out, along with his 1938 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan. Atwood, who lives in Aztec, bought the car 19 years ago, when he found it lying in a pile of rubble as age 18.
When Atwood first saw the car, he said he was attracted to the fenders, which gave the car a "big, fat, bubbly appearance."
Atwood's father-in-law, Max Lare, added that in the 1930s, his father complained about how the fenders had to be as high as the hood.
After Atwood bought the car, it sat around for 13 years until he found the time to fix it up. Once he got around to repairing the car, it took him three months. Sometimes, he had to improvise because the parts he needed were no longer made. Since fixing up the car six years ago, Mark Atwood and his wife, Andrea, have put about 50,000 miles on it.
"This car doesn't just stay in the garage," said Andrea Atwood, adding that she drives the car to the grocery store and to work.
Mark Atwood grew up fixing cars. By age 12, he was helping his brother repair cars and sell them. As payment, his brother gave him a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, which the brothers worked on together. By the time Mark Atwood was old enough to drive, the car was in running shape.
At 14, he bought a 1956 Chevrolet 210. By age 18, he fixed up that car, and it's the one he still drives today.
"It's not just a hobby," Mark Atwood said. "It's a way of life."
Other cars displayed Saturday didn't take quite as much work as Atwood's Chevys. A red 1942 International truck owned by Ron Goshorn, required minimal work. The Farmington man bought the car in Camp Verde, Ariz.
"It was completely different from anything else," Goshorn said.
After buying the car, he replaced the tires, the motor and added a tailgate.
Although Farmington resident Terry Reynolds enjoys fixing up old cars and has been trying to find an older one to rebuild, the 1923 Ford Model T he displayed Saturday required hardly any work. Reynolds bought the car after he saw it advertised in the Thrifty Nickel while preparing to buy a Harley.
"Everybody's got a Harley, so I just bought this," Reynolds said.