By Adam Madison
Triplicate staff writer
Del Norte and Curry County seniors were able to enjoy workshops, activities and a barbecue at the Active Living Expo in Smith River on Saturday.
Guest were entertained with a constant flow of music, samples and free health screenings. Health and blood pressure screenings were given by Dr. Juliane L. Leighton and staff from the Sutter Coast Health Center in Brookings.
The martial arts demonstration drew a large crowd, showing board and brick breaking with demonstrations of different styles.
A.J. Geldersma from South Coast Fitness was the sensei in charge of the demonstration. Geldersma also broke the majority of the bricks and boards.
One board he broke with his head drew a little blood. He wiped it off, telling the crowd, "It's a hazard of the job."
About teaching his students and being a student himself, Geldersma said, "I try to learn as many different styles as I can."
The car show also was a hit, with 22 show-stopping autos gracing the grassy area behind the ship at Ship Ashore. Four of the cars, classics from the 1920s with wood-frames were not able to attend because of the drizzly weather.
Ron and Vicki Townsend entered their 1968 Chevrolet Impala Wagon in the car show, which brought them to the expo. The Townsends are also a part of the Curry Cruisers in Brookings, a club of more than 40 cars.
Rex Hall, 86, with his daughter, Vicki Brazelton, entered his 1966 Shelby Cobra kit car into the competition. He has "been building cars since I was about 20 years old."
Hall also said that he "had just finished a 1954 Jaguar XK120."
Doug and Dottie Doan brought a 1957 BMW Isetta 300, a comically small car with only one door with the steering wheel attached to it. Their car took home an award for "Cutest Car." Doug Doane said the refurbishing project took three years.
A 1989 Ferrari 348 GTO in all of its fiery red Italian glory was the standout of the show. Bob Taylor said that the car is "the only GTO (of it's kind) that is still alive."
Taylor's car received awards for "Best from the Energetic Eighties" and for "Fastest-looking Car."
Taylor said that he "didn't bring it (the car) down to win a prize, but to just show the car to people. Its not every day you get to see a Ferrari."
The Daily Triplicate and the Curry Coastal Pilot co-sponsored the expo.
Car Show Winners
First Place: John Yost,
1941 Chevrolet pick-up truck
Second Place: Keith Smith,
1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Third Place: Jerry and Tana
Bachmann, 1970 Chevrolet