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Our Laguna: Race toward annual classic car show

October 13, 2011|By Barbara Diamond
  • Laguna Rotarian Udo Stoeckmann with his classic Jaguar that will be on display this Sunday at our eigtht annual Classic Car Show.
Laguna Rotarian Udo Stoeckmann with his classic Jaguar… (Courtesy Ward Blackburn,…)

Classic and classy cars will be on display from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the Festival of Arts grounds and across the street in the city parking lot.

Proud owners had entered 175 distinguished vehicles in the eighth annual Laguna Beach Classic Car Show as of Thursday, with one more day to register. Entries can be submitted online. A photograph is required before a car is accepted.

"The Rotary of Laguna Beach will have sponsored this car show for the eighth time as of [Sunday]," said John Nootbaar, event publicist. "Proceeds have been donated to multifold charities. Some of the funds are directed to significant scholarships for graduating seniors, while other money buys supplies for young students, including dictionaries for all third-graders in all public and private schools in Laguna Beach.

"Some proceeds go to providing holiday treats for military personnel overseas. Some funds have been used to help clean water and to offer rural people essential goods, training and money to help build schools."

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However, mainly the funds get distributed here in Orange County and in Laguna Beach. Funding will help support local artists and to re-stock homes in the areas that were flooded in December.

"In addition, we give to Sally's Fund, the Susi Q Senior Center, the Friendship Shelter, TLC, LOCA, AAUW, Laguna Canyon Foundation, PTAs, Safe Rides, Shea Center and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center," Nootbaar said.

Proceeds are raised from the $35 fee vehicle owners pay to display their "rides." The public pays $10 to see them. Tickets for children 12 and younger are $3; active military personnel are admitted free.

"The event did encounter bad luck last October when unexpected rain showers fell on the show," Nootbaar said. "Many of the cars, perhaps 70, didn't arrive and participate since the weather hindered detailing and the rain caused some problems in just getting them to the event in pristine condition.

"However, by noon the skies cleared, and the late crowd did enjoy an abbreviated good show."

Unfortunately, the weather adversely impacted the proceeds, with less money raised than in previous years, Nootbaar said.

With good weather predicted, he anticipates proceeds from the 2011 show might exceed the revenue raised in the best years.

"We hope to have a lot of folks," said Harry Bithell, event chairman.

Bithell, a former board member of the Laguna Beach Unified School District and a longtime member of Rotary, has chaired the show since it began in 2003.

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