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Car Show: Rancho Los Amigos Foundation Presents Rebuilding Cars, Rebuilding Lives 2nd Annual Car Show

Rancho Los Amigos Foundation Presents Rebuilding Cars, Rebuilding Lives 2nd Annual Car Show

Downey, California
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Photos by: Roger Rohrdanz

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, or Rancho, dates back to 1888 when patients from the Los Angeles County Hospital were relocated to what was then known as the Los Angeles County Poor Farm. Physical and occupational therapy were started in the late 1920s. Today, Rancho is one of the largest comprehensive medical rehabilitation centers in the U.S. providing services to a wide range of individuals with catastrophic illnesses and injuries. Inpatient and outpatient admissions number more than 80,000 a year.

On Sept 21, 2013 Rancho presented their 2nd annual Rebuilding Cars-Rebuilding Lives car show. Over 180 customs, hot rods, street rods, vintage cars, and handicap accessible vehicles covered the front parking lot at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA. 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 very unique. Many of the car show participants came to “pay back” for services they or a friend had received at “Rancho”.

Lots of Rancho patients were in the crowd to check out all the cars. Many vendors were showing their wares and several food vendors were on-hand for nourishment. DJ Javier kept the mood upbeat all day. His car show was the start 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.

Thanks for the Show!

- Roger Rohrdanz

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