The Show and Go car show for charity appears to have etched a permanent niche in Riverside, reaching a record 1,000 participating motorized vehicles and more than 10,000 spectators in its 14th year.
Riverside police Lt. Leon Phillips took a brief break from his duty as watch commander to be a spectator of the event on Saturday. He singled out a 1967 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon for praise.
“The paint job is beautiful,” Phillips said, adding that there were no problems at the event. “Some of these cars are stunning.”
The car show was expected to raise $40,000 for charity to be dispersed by the Riverside East Rotary Club which puts on the show along with the Old Farts Racing Team, according to spokesman Mark Godfrey. KN air filters is the presenting sponsor. There were 200 volunteers and 100 vendors.
The Boy Scouts had a presence with 80 boy, cub and venture scouts and 30 leaders. Matt Barth, district activities chair, said that the Boy Scouts attended the event to increase membership.
Cars bearing just about every color were represented, including rust on Highgrove resident Grubby Robinson’s 1939 Ford Ferguson. Cars were parked and driven in a parade on downtown streets. Tiago Castro, of Santa Ana, drove a bus normally used in movies carrying spectators on the same route that the cars took in their parade.
Spectator Rudy Osti, of Corona, said, “This is better than the Route 66 (car show in San Bernardino). Route 66 is kind of spread out. You don’t have to walk as much here.”
Joy and Dwayne Locke, of Riverside, brought their roadster to display and their three dogs to the show.
Dwayne said, “There are two things you cannot live without (dogs and cars). They relieve all our stress and open up adventures.”
Riverside resident Jim Freeman sat with his son, Jake, 21, near the historic Riverside County courthouse to watch the parade of cars which he called “American steel.” He said he felt uneasy because he was driving a Volkswagen. A former participant, he used to show a Chevrolet Camaro.
He said he had to sell his American cars because of the struggling economy.