by Carol Reimer Williams
This year marked the first annual presentation of awards to unique Kingsburg Car Show entries from the Constitutionalist for California (CFC), Kingsburg Chapter. In the “Most Patriotic” Division, the award went to Tim Smith, a Kingsburg native who entered the winning, ’41 Ford Sedan Super Deluxe.
This car was restored by his father, John Smith, also a native Kingsburg man who acquired the car in 1993 when he retired after 30 years in the Army Nation Guard as Full Colonel. Aside from some front end work done by Kingsburg local Steve Esau, and professional upholstery work, he did it all himself.
John came from a military family with his father and brother having served in the armed forces. John graduated from Kingsburg High School in ’56 and was too young for the Korean War, so he joined the Army National Guard. He spent the majority of his career at the Fresno Army National Guard Base managing the Aircraft Repair Depot.
John was a life-long mechanic and all-around fix-it/handyman, mostly self-taught. He was a natural leader who climbed the ranks from Private to Brigadier General, a distinguished appointment he received from the State of California Army Nation Guard after his retirement.
Once the ’41 Ford was restored, John didn’t enter it in the car show circuit. John never felt it was good enough for that. He passed away in 2017 never having entered his car in the Kingsburg Car Show, or any other. Some of John’s family thought differently about showing the car. John’s granddaughter Rachel, her husband Allen, and her father Tim entered John’s car beginning with the 2019 Kingsburg Car Show. That year Rachel prepared a special tribute to her grandfather’s military career that included a display of his ‘dress greens’. However, it would be John’s American flag, carefully folded and presented in the characteristic triangular box, displayed on the front bumper of his special Ford that set it apart. In John’s memory, the trio continues to show the ’41 Ford in other local car shows including Dinuba and Squaw Valley.
On behalf of the Constitutionalists for California, we congratulate the Smith family on their winning car with its outstanding presentation of patriotism.
CFC Judge for the 2021 Kingsburg Car Show
Winners of the Constitutionalists for California Car Show Awards
The Constitutionalist for California (CFC) presented awards to six winning entries in the 26th Annual Kingsburg Car Show held on April 17, 2021.
The divisions and winners were as follows:
Muscle Car Division – Dan and Carrie Golden
Convertible Division – Mel & Nancy McCarter
Low Rider Division – Corey Frantzich
Something Special Division – Ken Beasley
Truck Division – Janas & Jim Herrick
Most Patriotic – Tim Smith (see article in this issue)
Thank you to our tireless judges, Lisa Swartz, Eric Rollins, Ruth Hanson and Carol Williams who selected this year’s winners after careful review of the over 300+ entries in this year’s show. Each winner received a handsomely engraved CFC mug, a copy of the US Constitution, a CFC lapel button, an American flag and a copy of the first issue of the Kingsburg Times. Congratulations to all our award winners!