ATASCADERO — The Northern and Southern California branches of the Imperial Owners Association made sure that the Morro Bay Car Show wasn’t the only event for motor enthusiasts on the Central Coast, May 4, setting up their collection of classic Chryslers at Atascadero City Hall.
It was the 36th Annual Imperial Owners Meet and Show and Northern California club secretary, Arlene Hackney explained, meets have previously been held from San Diego to Napa. It was down to Paso Robles or Atascadero this year. The Atascadero venue, the block of Palma Avenue separating the Sunken Gardens from the picturesque municipal building, fit their needs perfectly.
Sixteen of the clubs’ approximately 40 member vehicles were on display with body styling varying wildly from model year to year, as was a trademark of the Chrysler Imperials. A 1930’s De Soto on its first post-restoration road test and a few non-Imperial Chryslers also joined the scrum. Some included surprisingly modern extra features, such as motorized seat adjustment or a supposedly skip-proofed onboard record player.
Before setting up for the day Saturday club members and guests took Friday to tour the Estrella Warbirds Museum and Woodland Auto Display in Paso Robles. If the mood strikes locals to seek out some chrome this upcoming weekend, the annual Warbirds, Wings and Wheels Car Show and Swap Meet is being held May 11.