The Sun City Cruiser Car Club is expected to turn up in large numbers next month when its 10th annual car and motorcycle show begins in Apple Valley.
Club president Pete Ashlock told the Daily Press that after a year-long COVID-19 shutdown, people are ready to hang out, mingle and see some “cool and vintage rides”.
“Last year, we had to cancel the show because of the pandemic, which was a real bummer,” Ashlock said. “But we’re back and we’ll have lots of classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, and a few surprises.”
Ashlock said he expects about 250 vehicles to be on display at the October 16 free car show, which he calls the largest in the High Desert.
The car show will include a DJ playing classic oldies, food, a beer garden, vendors, a drawing, raffle prizes and participation from local mayors.
Ashlock said the mayors of Apple Valley, Barstow, Adelanto, Hesperia and Victorville have committed to attending the show, where they will choose their favorite car and help present the Meyers’ Choice Awards.
Each year, Sun City Cruisers raises funds for local nonprofits by organizing various events such as concerts, cookouts, and the annual car show.
“This year, all of our proceeds will go to the Today Women Foundation in Victorville,” Ashlock said. “They do a great job by empowering women in all walks of life and supporting those battling cancer.”
Foundation president Margaret Smith said the nonprofit also provides resources and organizes workshops covering finance, goals, parenting, depression and health.
Down Home Grill in Victorville will donate chicken and turkey rolls for visitors to buy at the car show, Ashlock said.
“The people at Down Home Grill have been amazing and I am taken back by their generosity,” Ashlock said. “The owners of Down Home Grill are part of an army of supporters who have helped us raise money for our local nonprofits.”
Victorville Mayor Debra Jones told the Daily Press she is excited for the opportunity to make decisions, meet fellow car enthusiasts, and support the club’s fundraising efforts.
“We plan to bring my 1936 red Chevy Coupe and my husband’s black 1957 Chevy Bel Air,” Jones said. “Our cars will be on display, but they will not be registered for the competition.”
Jones said that her husband, Jean, was upgrading their vehicle with new upholstery and dual carburetors when he came across the Chevy Coupe.
After convincing his wife that the couple’s garage had enough room for two classic vehicles, Jean Jones bought the coupé, which his wife quickly adopted.
The judges of the car show will choose their favorite 29 cars, with the top pick being the winning best of show.
Many vehicles are coming from car clubs in the Las Vegas area and Southern California, including Orange County and local mountain communities, Ashlock said.
“We want to get the word out quickly so that owners can register their cars or bikes for the show,” Ashlock said. “We also want people to put car shows on their calendars.”
Over the years, the Car Club has raised a total of approximately $150,000 for nonprofits, such as the Lord’s Table in the City of Victorville, High Desert Homeless Services, Orenda House for Veterans, and the High Desert Phoenix Foundation.
“For a small car club with a few cars and 104 people, we’ve achieved a lot over the years,” Ashlock said. “It’s a great feeling to see classic cars raise money for a good cause.”
The car show is scheduled for October 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mariposa Lodge, 19311 Jess Ranch Parkway. The Lodge is located near Fire Station 337 near the corner of Jess Ranch Parkway and Apple Valley Road.
The Car Club also scheduled a fundraising pancake breakfast on October 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Applebee’s at 19201 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley. Tickets are $10 per person.
For more car show information, to register a vehicle, or to purchase pancake breakfast tickets, call 909-210-3154.
Daily Press reporter René Ray de la Cruz can be contacted at 760-951-6227 or RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.