Vol. 3, Issue 23, June 5-11, 2008

By Paulina Woods
San Clemente Times

On June 8 the 13th annual San Clemente Classic Car Show rolls into town

Downtown San Clemente will once again become a showroom for more than 300 cars on Sunday, June 8 during the 13th annual San Clemente Car Show.

Avenida Del Mar will be closed off to car traffic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an expected 20,000 people making their way through the streets. “[There will be] a sea of people from the 200 to 300 block,” said Dave Freedman, who has been a participant for 10 years and hopes to show his ’59 Corvette.

Starting in the mid-’80s Freedman now has 12 classic cars with many of them running. “It’s like a passion for anything else,” Freedman said with a laugh.

The car show is put on each year by the Downtown Business Association and showcases cars pre-1970 with only the high-end vehicles invited to take part. There will be woodies, street rods and muscle cars, among others. “This gives people the opportunity to experience classic cars that have been restored,” said Dave Anderson, event organizer and car enthusiast. “Cars their dads drove.”

This event is so large that it sells out months in advance, and there is a waiting list because there are always cars that cannot make it on show day. “There are always open spaces because a car won’t start or the paint or upholstery is not done,” said Anderson.

In prior years, 12 or so classic cars would take a drive around town the day before the show. This was called Cruisin’ San Clemente and will not be repeated this year because of the lack of response in recent years.

Unlike many other car shows this is more of a show than a competition and there is only one award given out each year. “The mayor usually comes out and picks the car they like the best. People who win are happy and those who don’t are OK with it,” Anderson said.

Admission is free to this family event, and it’s open to the public. There will be vendors crowding the sidewalks, selling everything from food and drinks, to car parts and clothes.

For live entertainment Millertime Boogie, a local classic rock band, will perform. The band has been playing shows in Orange County for more than 14 years and play music ranging from blues to classic rock. “They play a little of everything and are pretty good,” Anderson said.

Each year the classic car show is sponsored by many big names in San Clemente, this year is no different. Some of the major sponsors are Classic Family Toyota, Weseloh and Sons HUMMER, Transportation Corridor Agencies and Krikorian Premiere Theaters. “We are proud to say that none of our major sponsors are beer,” Anderson said.

Large events are usually the time when people have a hard time finding parking or the price of parking goes up. This will not be the case as parking is plentiful and free. There’s a free shuttle service from San Clemente High School.

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