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Motors on Main will rumble into Gustine | Community

Classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles of all varieties and a host of other vehicles will be lining the streets of downtown Gustine on Feb. 26 for the inaugural Victor Medeiros Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show.

The show, dubbed Motors on Main, is being organized by Bernie Medeiros in honor of her husband Victor, who passed in November 2020 from a heart attack.

“I wanted to do something in his memory that would also give back to the community,” said Bernie Mederios. “He loved cars and motorcycles so this seemed like the perfect event to honor him.”

All the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to Jessica’s House in Turlock. Jessica’s House provides the wider community with support in a safe place for grieving children, teens, young adults, and their families. 

The vehicles will be lining up over two blocks on Fifth Street in Gustine, “from the bowling alley to the post office,” Mederios said. Pre-registration is encouraged though not required for those wanting to show their vehicle. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 26 and the show will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26. The organizers will be presenting awards to the various types of vehicles. So far, about 70 vehicles are already registered for the show, Mederios said.

In addition to the car show, there will be a DJ spinning tunes in the morning and live music provided by Sound Remedy out of Merced in the afternoon. A 50/50 raffle, along with a gun raffle and other prizes will be held. There will be a variety of vendors from Backyard Market, as well as the downtown shops, restaurants and bars that will be open along with a few food vendors.

“The event has been really well-received by the City and Police Chief Ruben Chavez,” Mederios said. “It’s exciting to see all the support.”

The Mederios’ were married for 34 years and previously ran an egg business together before getting into property management. They raised three children, now all adults. 

“He loved his family and had a lot of dear friends in town,” Mederios said. “I think if he could see this, he would be proud of what we have done, but he’d also cringe at all the people paying attention to him.”

Mederios plans on the event becoming an annual affair and something for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to look forward to each year. But it probably won’t be in February. 

“I know it’s a horrible month for a car show because it might rain, but Feb. 26 is Victor’s birthday, so it seemed like the right day to kick it off,” Mederios said.

For those wanting to register before the show date or for more information, contact Bernie Mederios at (209) 652-5223 or email [email protected].