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Photo by Edward Camp Luis Hernandez with his winning 1964 Chevy Truck

Questeño Luis Hernandez Takes Top Prize At Taos Car Show

Questa man Luis Hernandez’s 1964 Chevy Truck won Best Truck at this year’s Taos Autumn Run Car Show. The annual event was held at Kit Carson Park in Taos on Aug. 12 -13 and featured classic rides brought in from around the Southwest.


“I was kind of surprised,” said Luis. “I’ve just been cruising it to work back and forth. I always didn’t want to stay at a car show too long, but I figured I might as well start using it for what it’s made for.” Hernandez said he has had his 1964 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck for eight years and spent five years restoring it. “It’s got a 5.3 Vortec. I try to keep it as original as possible. I did a modern drive train on it though.”


The other winners were:


Best Chevrolet Tri-5 – Toby Lavadie, 1957 Chevrolet
Best 1950 to ’59 – Clifford Chisum, 1955 Pontiac Convertible
Best 1960 to ’69 – Moises Medina, 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport
Best pre-1950 – Orlando Archuleta, 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline
Best-In-Show – Alfred Cordova, 1958 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup.


Win or not, it was a good time for everyone. Lonnie Adrian of Muleshoe, Texas, said he loved the weather. “It’s 108 degrees back home!” he said as a cool breeze blew.

Photo by Edward Camp Five out of six of this year’s winners; 1955 Pontiac, 1957 Chevy Tri-5, 1968 Chevy Chevelle SS, Luis Hernandez’s 1964 Chevy Truck and 1958 Chevy Cameo Pickup


Marty Valdez of Pueblo, Colo., said he loved the “comradery of all the car owners. It’s nice, easy, laidback – we’ve been here the last three years. People are so friendly.” He and wife Irene have won over 100 awards for their 1934 Plymouth Sedan and plan on trying for another in Taos next year.


The Autumn Run is organized by the Taos County Car Club. Check their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Taos-County-Car-Club-100463204896367/, for more information on future events.