FARMINGTON — Hundreds of cars lined the streets of downtown Farmington on Saturday for the Land of Enchantment Rod Run.

Northern New Mexico Street Rodders organized the event, which is now in its 32nd year. It features cars from 1970s Chevrolet Corvettes and Ford Mustangs to modern Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks.

Ken Piersall brought his 1977 Chevy Corvette to the show for the sixth year in a row.

"I just like to watch the people," he said.

As he spoke, a woman commented on his car, which was bright orange at the time. After Piersall bought the car, he covered it with a paint that changes color based on the sunlight. Sometimes, it is orange and other times it is yellow or green.

Kuloni Jole, 15, of Farmington, jumps over obstacles on a ride called "Meltdown" on Saturday during the annual Land of Enchantment Rod Run in
Kuloni Jole, 15, of Farmington, jumps over obstacles on a ride called "Meltdown" on Saturday during the annual Land of Enchantment Rod Run in downtown Farmington. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times)

"It's always something different," he said.

Farther down Main Street was a 1955 black Chevy Bel Air with leather seats owned by Ron Goshorn, who has been coming to the rod run for about 20 years. He calls the car his "coffin." He bought the Bel Air in Aztec and has owned it for 43 years.

Goshorn owned three of the cars in the show, including a 1941 Willys Coupe, which he purchased a year ago.

"I've wanted one of them since high school," he said.

But the Coupe was always out of his price range. That is until a year ago, when Goshorn spotted the car online. He bought it from an owner in Georgia, back when the car was nothing more than a fiberglass frame.

"He built that thing from a frame up," said his wife, Sharon Goshorn.

Goshorn said it took him 13 months to rebuild the car, which he painted bright purple.

"I'm real proud of him," Sharon Goshorn said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.

Student Jesure Eaton contributed to this story.