Anderson Feels The Roar All Weekend


That was quite a weekend of motorized activity in Anderson. The Hot-O-Rama (a fun event no matter how you spell it!) ran from Thursday through Saturday at the Shasta District Fairgrounds. About 200 vehicles from Hot-O-Rama and elsewhere participated in a cruise through town on Friday night. On Saturday night, Shasta Raceway Park drew its biggest crowd of the young season for a five-division show headlined by the United States Auto Club’s western sprint cars. Finally, on Sunday, Trinity Touring Auto Cross members competed in amateur racing at the fairgrounds.

I personally would like to thank the event organizers for arranging such perfect weather. Let’s do all of it again next year.

The cruise starts down East Center Street.
A little bit of everything on display.
The Ventura Street crowd greets the hotrods.
Serious horsepower.
The sprint car driven by Audra Sasselli, moments before she set the night’s fastest qualifying time (and then crashed).
Legends cars on the track.

shigley-mugshotPaul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and can still smell the tire smoke from the past weekend. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at

Paul Shigley

has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.