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Cars are the stars at Kiwanis for Fun show

It's vroom with a view as enthusiasts show off their classics.

April 30, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Tony Wade, chairman of the Kiwanis For Fun Car Show, mans the grill. The club served 200 people during the pancake breakfast and 800 at lunch.
Tony Wade, chairman of the Kiwanis For Fun Car Show, mans… (Photo by Joyce Rudolph )

Car enthusiasts shared their reasons for owning classics during Sunday's Kiwanis for Fun Car Show at Johnny Carson Park.

Lori Wilcox's 1944 convertible with a rumble seat was among the 300 vehicles displayed. It's bright pink with flames painted on the hood, front fenders and doors. She's been showing the car for 10 years, she said, as a way to share a hobby with her dad, who owns a vintage car with wooden bodywork, or "woody."

Her car often wins the women's choice award, probably because of the color, she added. The car appears in the Hollywood Christmas Parade each year and has carried such celebrities as those from the former ABC TV show going to online "One Life to Live", L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti and the band One Direction.

Pete Rios of Arleta was sitting under a pop-up tent with several friends. He was showing his black 1938 Buick Century, which he bought 10 years ago. He has restored it, he said, incorporating his ideas along with those offered by his wife and son.

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He tuned up the engine, had headers made for it, and added a suspension system that allows him to lower the car to the ground during shows and raise it to drive, he said.

"They call these cars lowriders or bombs — anything from the '30s," he said. "Some people like them stock, but I'm a lowrider from way back, that's why I built it this way."

It took him five years to get the car into show condition. It was his longtime dream to own a show car, he said, but because of the costs involved, he had to wait until retirement and after his kids grew up. Now he shows the car all over Southern California.

"We meet a lot of nice people and see friends we went to school with way back," he said.

Tony Wade, Car Show chairman, was supervising the members grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken. They served 800 people lunch and 200 at the pancake breakfast. The Aktion Club, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis for Fun club, was selling lemonade.

The funds raised from the car show go to children's charities in Burbank, including the Boys & Girls Club, BCR "a place to grow," The Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center, the Burbank Police Department and the Burbank Animal Shelter.

"We donated 400 bicycle helmets this year to the Burbank Police Department for kids that don't have helmets, and cooked and provided the product for Burroughs Senior Pancake Breakfast last week. We fed 700 kids in an hour," Wade said. "I have had a great life and it's a great thing to give something back."

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