A brand new car show usually takes a couple of years to get established. The organizers of the First Annual “Rebuilding Cars, Rebuilding Lives” car show seem to know what they’re doing. Their first event was a big success. 160+ pre-1976 customs, street rods, vintage cars, and handicap accessible vehicles covered the front parking lot at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA., a leading innovator and provider of rehabilitation services since 1951. Today, inpatient and outpatient admissions number more than 80,000 a year.
Along with 14 regular awards like Best Hot Rod”, “Best Custom”, and “Best Paint” which were officially judged, 6 special awards were judged by Rancho’s Brain Injury Staff and patients including “Patient’s Choice”, “Children’s Choice”, “Best Accessible Vehicle”. The trophies were some of the most unique I’ve ever seen. Many of the car show participants came to “pay back” for services they or a friend had received at “Rancho”.
4 amazing food trucks were on-hand for nourishment. D J Javier kept the mood upbeat all day. “Rancho” hopes that this Car Show will be the beginning of a new tradition of annual Rancho Car Shows for the community. The event was presented in association with the Rancho Los Amigos Brain Injury Service and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department County Services Bureau.
Proceeds go toward rebuilding lives at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
Thanks for the Show!
Car Images Album 1:
The event T-shirt logo
The show location.
Some of the vendors had a nice place in the shade.
This “Foxy” ’40 Chevy Deluxe Sedan with “ghost flames” belongs to Bill Marsh of Lakewood, CA.
A very nice original ’54 Chevy Bel Air owned by Tom Paterson from Bellflower, CA.
Fred Jensen brought his hot ’40 Chevy coupe from Loma Linda, CA
You don’t see many of these ’47 Dodge D-24 Customs, owned by Jeff Wolfson from nearby Bellflower, CA.
– A “well dressed” ’37 Chevy Master Deluxe 4 door, driven from Los Angeles by Javier Leos.
A vintage Biesmeyer Ski boat with a wing and blown big block Chevy power. Owned by Alfred Velasco of Downey, CA.
A very clean small block Chevy powered ’32 Ford roadster pickup, owned by Gary Cushing from LaHabra, CA.
Joe Jaime brought the family from Compton in this “very accessorized” ’39 Chevy sedan. He was with the “Vingage Bombs” car club.
Joe Jaime’s flat screen in his trunk is also great for football games
“Best of Show” went to Bob Caverley’s hot ’41 Willys with 502 Chevy power from LaPalma, CA.
By far the most interesting car at the show. Owner Alvaro Bautista calls El Trojan a ’57 Chevy El Camino.
This ’57 Chevy gives “tailgating” a whole new meaning. Everything here works!!
You rarely see one of these rare Kaiser Traveler’s at a show, here are 2!
The green ’51 Kaiser Traveler belongs to John & Pat Ruth of Downey, CA.
The blue ’53 Kaiser Traveler also belongs to John & Pat Ruth of Downey, CA.
The “Most Unique” award went to Orlando Cernas of Downey for his ’61 23 window VW Bus.
This perfect ’58 Corvette belongs to Horicio.
Patients were around the show choosing their favorites.
The trophies were some of the most unique I’ve ever seen.
Special Olympics competitor Kathy Sullivan was on-hand to talk with other challenged people.
4 amazing food trucks were on-hand.
Scenes from the show.