Sun City Cruisers Auto and Motorcycle Show returns October 16 to Apple Valley
The Sun City Cruisers Automobile Club expects a strong turnout next month when its 10th annual Car and Motorcycle Show takes place in Apple Valley.
Club president Pete Ashlock told the Daily Press that after a year of COVID-19 shutdown, people are ready to go out, mingle and experience “cool vintage rides.”
“Last year we had to cancel the show due to the pandemic which was a real disappointment,” Ashlock said. “But we’re back and we’ll have plenty of classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and a few surprises.”
Ashlock said he expects nearly 250 vehicles to be on display at the free Oct. 16 auto show he calls the tallest in the High Desert.
The auto show will feature a DJ playing old classics, food, beer garden, vendors, drawing, raffle prizes and participation from local mayors.
The mayors of Apple Valley, Barstow, Adelanto, Hesperia and Victorville have pledged to attend the show, where they will select their favorite car and help present the Mayor’s Choice Awards, Ashlock said.
Each year, Sun City Cruisers have raised funds for local nonprofits by hosting various events, such as concerts, barbecues, and the annual auto show.
“This year, all of our proceeds will go to the Today’s Woman Foundation of Victorville,” said Ashlock. “They do a great job empowering women in all walks of life and supporting those battling cancer. “
The nonprofit also offers resources and runs workshops on finances, goals, parenting, depression and health, Foundation President Margaret Smith said.
Down Home Grill in Victorville will donate chicken and turkey rolls for visitors to purchase at the auto show, Ashlock said.
“The folks at Down Home Grill have been amazing and I am amazed at their generosity,” said Ashlock. “The owners of Down Home Grill are part of an army of supporters who have helped us raise funds for our local nonprofits.”
Victorville Mayor Debra Jones told the Daily Press she was thrilled to have the opportunity to judge, meet other car enthusiasts and support the club’s fundraising efforts.
“We’re planning to bring my red 1936 Chevy coupe and my husband’s 1957 black Chevy Bel Air,” Jones said. “Our cars will be on display, but they will not be entered for competition.”
Jones said her husband, Gene, was upgrading his vehicle with new upholstery and dual carburetors when he came across the Chevy Coupe.
After convincing his wife that the couple’s garage had plenty of room for two classic vehicles, Gene Jones bought the coupe, which his wife quickly adopted.
The auto show judges will select their 29 favorite cars with the top choice winning Best of Show.
Many vehicles come from auto 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 early so owners can register their cars or bikes for the show,” Ashlock said. “We also want people to put the auto show on their calendars.”
Over the years, the automobile club has raised a combined total of almost $ 150,000 for nonprofits such as The Lord’s Table in downtown Victorville, High Desert Homeless Services, the Orenda House for Veterans and the High Desert Phoenix Foundation.
“For a small car club with few cars and 104 people, we’ve accomplished a lot over the years,” said Ashlock. “It’s nice to watch classic cars while raising money for a good cause. “
The auto show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 16 at the Mariposa Lodge, 19311 Jess Ranch Parkway. The lodge is located next to Fire Station 337, near the corner of Jess Ranch Parkway and Apple Valley Road.
The auto club also has a fundraising pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 2 at 19201 Applebee’s Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley. Tickets cost $ 10 per person.
For more information on the auto show, to register a vehicle, or to purchase pancake breakfast tickets, call 909-210-3154.
Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.