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Enthusiasts be-bop down to Magnolia Boulevard to check out some classic cars during annual festival.

August 27, 2008|By Joyce Rudolph

“My whole house is decorated with Betty Boop,” she said. “She actually is my alter ego. She’s me with darker hair, but I think we share the same personality.”

The car club is part social and part charity.

Members have a car show each May that supports Boys Town in Chatsworth, a residential facility for problem children.

Out in major force was Burbank’s own Road Kings, publicity chairman Don Baldaseroni said.

“It was a great city event, it really was,” he said. “There was a mix of antique cars and shops. We had over 30 cars from the Road Kings alone.”

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Members brought everything from a 1955 Chevy to a 1929 T Roadster, he said.

The Road Kings have their annual show with proceeds going to the Burbank Mounted Police, Burbank High School’s Auto Shop Program, John Burroughs High School Jazz Band, and the Police and Fire Museum as well as others.

Longtime car enthusiast Freddy Fleck was scooting down the sidewalk aboard his shiny red motor-powered wheelchair. His favorite car at the show was the 1939 Willys in a color he called Sparkletts green.

The street festival had everything American, said Jaime Monroy of Westwood, who had his sister Maria Monroy’s dog Jack on the end of a leash.

“I’m an enthusiast for clean, all-American fun,” Monroy said. “You’ve got popcorn, music, mom and dad and a lot of great cars.”

His day was complete when he had his picture taken with Jay Leno.

“I opened for him 20 years ago during the 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition,” Monroy said. “I was one of the five finalists.”


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