Another Classic Auto Show is in the books and LCOC was there to join with the Mark VIII Addicts and numerous other car clubs for the 2-day event held at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA. An entire huge field was dedicated to the clubs which included the Long Beach Model T Club, Cadillac and LaSalle Club, Early Ford V8s, Great Autos of Yesteryear and many others.
The event originated at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2018 and LCOC was a part of the first show held there. For 2019, the show moved to a new venue in Orange County where both indoor and outdoor activity contributed to the show experience. A popular carryover from the 2018 event was the Grand Boulevard, where gorgeous pre-war classics were on display and competing for the People’s Choice Award. One of these was a beautiful 1932 Lincoln reproduction built in 2013 with a combination of new and used parts. Under the hood is modem GM running gear which turns this vintage look beauty into a street rod!
LCOC’s own Daryl Pelc’s Mark III was featured in a special display for Reus Audio and Daryl took time to visit our booth during the show to say howdy.
As with almost any large event at a new venue there were a few hiccups at the start, but once on the show field we were able to settle in for a good time. After the cold and rainy winter in Southern California, we were blessed with good weather at last for the two days. Bright sunshine made us grateful for the Easy-Up and table volunteered by LCOC member Ron Olson. The pop-up shelter was anything but easy to deploy with just two people early on Saturday, but we managed to get it in place and were grateful for the shade. Later our full contingent of JIm Ayes, Elayne Bendel, Ron Olson, Ron Anast, Don Torrence and Jeff Frank attended. Laurie Morgenthal came all the way from Fresno with her black customized Mark VIII to spend the weekend with her Mark VIII Addicts at the show.
Comfortable walking shoes were a must for this show. Programmed events were held at 3 different locations scattered around the spacious fair grounds. Wayne Carini, host of the popular Motor Trend program Chasing Classic Cars, provided restoration tips, met with spectators, and served as celebrity judge. For a list of the prize winners click here.
Daryl Pelc’s Mark III graces Reus Audio display.Also on hand was Dave Kindig, host of Motor Trend’s show Bitchin’ Rides. Dave brought his huge custom truck and some of his customized cars. He took time to socialize with fans and offer customizing advice. The special modifications to his truck were subject of an episode of RMD Garage, where Long Beach customizer Ralph Holguin supervised the work.
Show season is in full swing so visit our Calendar section often to see what is coming up.