IMPERIAL – Gleaming chrome and finely polished paint jobs were on display Saturday morning as the car enthusiasts of the Sunrunners Car Club celebrated their 32nd Annual Car Show at Eager Park in Imperial.
Hundreds attended the venue, admiring the cars and chatting with the owners of over 130 cars that included antiques, classics, hot rods and new cars.
“We hold this event annually and bring out a lot of nice cars for people to see that helps us raise money for the various charities that we assist throughout the year,” said Robert Duncan, the Carne Asada Run Chairperson.
The Desert Cancer Resource Center and several Boys and Girls Clubs are among the various groups the Sunrunners Club donates money to each year.
“Normally we raise between $6,000 and $7,000, however this year it looks like it will be less since we received fewer entries,” said Duncan.
Each participating vehicle paid an entry fee of $35 to $40. Other local car clubs participated, including Del Valle Car Club, Holtville Car Club, La Gente Car Club, Low Rider Car Club, Drifters Car Club and Del Valle Car Club. Participants from other car clubs traveled from Yuma, Show Low Arizona, and San Diego.
“I love antique cars,” said Jose Mercado, an Imperial resident. “Someday I will have one, but until then, all
I can do is admire them all.”
Mercado gazed away at a red, 1956 Dodge Pickup truck displayed by George Griffin from the Monday Nite Car Club in El Cajon.
A red, 1927 Ford Roadster owned by Morgan Wright seemed to be the children’s favorite as he allowed them to explore and enter the vehicle while parents took pictures.
“I like when people find my car fascinating and is a real pleasure to allow them to get inside and see how these cars were built back in the days,” said Wright. “It’s not often you get to take pictures in an old car like this one.”
The Sunrunners Car Club focuses on the preservation and restoration of old vehicles.
The family-friendly event also offered the sale of a variety of foods, vintage items, clothing, a farmers market, jewelry, handmade soaps, and household items.
“I’m out here with a bunch of my buddies just having a good old time, enjoying these nice looking cars while spending some fun boy time,” said Robert Gomez, a Yuma resident.[envira-gallery id=”74066″]