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Classic car show zooms into town

Rotary event features more cars this year and will include motorcycles, vying for prizes. All vehicles are from before 1974.

October 14, 2010|By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com
  • Rod Hatter's Silver Dawn Rolls Royce is one classic car that will be exhibited at the Rotary Club's Classic Car Show.
Rod Hatter's Silver Dawn Rolls Royce is one classic… (hand in, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach Rotary is gearing up for the seventh annual Classic Car Show from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

About 200 vehicles will be wheeling onto the Festival of Arts Grounds and the parking lot across Laguna Canyon Road for car buffs to admire while judges pick the winners in 30 categories, from pricey antiques to workhorse trucks. Classic motorcycles will be included in the show for the first time.

"The show does not qualify as a concourse d'elegance, but we have a bigger variety of vehicles than the Newport concourse has," said Rotary spokesman John Nootbaar. "And the judges are concourse-approved."

Visitors will not see the 2011 models that are being showcased in the international shows across the country. Only pre-1974 vehicles are accepted in the Laguna Beach show.

The categories include American antiques made up to 1931, convertibles manufactured between 1946 and 1960, Corvettes and Mustangs made before 1972, Chevrolets built between 1955 and 1957 and pre-1965 T-Birds.

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Hot rods, muscle cars, "Woodies," motorcycles ma de through 1969, special interest vehicles such as one-offs or Edsels, and mini-cars under 1500 ccs, manufactured before 1969, round out the American categories.

Councilman Kelly Boyd has entered his prize-winning 1959 Fiat Jolly in the mini-car category again this year.

European categories include sports cars, Ferraris, Jaguars, Porsches, post-World War II convertibles and closed cars — sedans and coupes — made between 1946 and 1960.

El Hathaway's Jag was the top prize winner in the 2009 show.

"Whether it's a reminder of some old classic — a "woody" or perhaps a European sports car — most of us have a special favorite or a memory of a great car from years ago," Nootbaar said. "Many of the owners [of vehicles in the show] will share stories with you about their collectible hobby and cars."

European entries this year will include a Silver Dawn Rolls Royce.

"There were only 750 Silver Dawns produced, a Model 12, manufactured in 1949, the first since World War II," Nootbaar said.

No automobiles were produced for domestic use in England or American during the war. Rolls made airplane and tank engines.

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