Cruisin’ in the Sun Car Show
Every summer, classic car enthusiasts gather in Fernandez Park in Pinole, California to honor and enjoy the cars of yesteryear at the Cruisin’ in the Sun Car Show. The annual event has grown into a major spectacle for the area, attended by hundreds each year. To show a car in the event requires pre-registration. The organizers limit the show to the first 325 cars that are from 1975 or earlier model years. It costs just $35 to register.
The Cruisin’ in the Sun Car Show is hosted every year by the Northern California Cruisers classic car club. The group first got together in 1990 and is mostly made up of old friends who cruised together in high school. The club has remained a small and tight-knit group with members living in and around Pinole, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Richmond, and Hercules, California. They started the Cruisin’ in the Sun Car Show soon after forming and will host the 22nd annual event on June 23, 2013 in Pinole.
In addition to the Cruisin’ in the Sun Car Show, the Northern California Cruisers raise money through fundraisers, such as the car show and other events, to donate to local charities. Since their beginnings, the group has given away over $300,000 to groups like the Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, the El Sobrante Boys and Girls Club, and many other worthy organizations.
At the annual Cruisin in the Sun Car Show, attendees can contribute to the organizations fundraising efforts and enjoy viewing the classic cars. The show also includes classic music from a live band, a raffle with great prizes, car related vendors, a playground for the kids to enjoy, arts and crafts vendors, and a pancake breakfast at the Pinole Senior Center to start the day.