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Gregg L. Newbury, San Clemente
I was very disappointed when I attended the annual San Clemente Car Show held every year on Avenida Del Mar the first weekend in June. As an automotive enthusiast, this is an event I look forward to every year. This year, there were half the cars, half the spectators and a DJ playing recorded music in lieu of a live rock and roll band.
This annual event is a fundraiser and part of an awareness campaign for downtown merchants. There is a natural fear that the new outlet mall would take shoppers away from downtown. What appeared to happen is the outlet mall robbed Del Mar of people from their premier/showcase annual event.
I have only lived here seven years, but in every year prior, the show was held on a Sunday—this year was the first time it was held on a Saturday. Who did the scheduling? This simple move put two competing events in direct conflict with each other.
New to San Clemente is the weekly car show “Cars and Coffee,” held every Saturday at the Outlets at San Clemente. It is free, well-organized and highly attended. These two events competed directly for entrants and spectators. Perhaps the Outlets car show is too new of a development; the schedule was already made up for the same day, same time, same format, same spectators. I recommend that it be moved back to Sunday for next year, and solicit entrants from the folks who regularly show up for Cars and Coffee.
The alternative is to request that the weekly outlet mall car show be suspended for that week so we don’t have competing events. But that is difficult to do since it is “show what you brought,” free and in an open parking lot. And it is very popular, gaining in stature.
They need to move Del Mar car show back to Sunday.