September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. “We figure having the guys here with their toys is the best way to get them tested, and the timing is perfect”, says event organizer Debbie Baker.
Cruisin’ For A Cure, the largest one-day charity car show in the nation. Over 3,500 vehicles will cruise through the Orange County fairgrounds for 1.5 miles and/or park and be on display. There’s no restriction on what make, model or year. An entry car can be – classics, muscle, trucks, exotics, customs, vintage, movie cars, and even new cars.
Cruisin’ For A Cure: the “SAVE YOUR LIFE CAR SHOW”, was started in 2000 by Debbie Baker whose husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cruisin’ For A Cure is a registered non-profit California organization helping to raise money for the KSK Cancer Center of Irvine, CA. The logistics, marketing, and organization of the charity car show are handled by volunteers dedicated to the cause of “Saving Our Men” from prostate cancer. All proceeds and donations go directly to prostate cancer research to find a cure.
Men in attendance can take advantage of FREE prostate cancer screenings performed by the doctors and staff.
Men in attendance can take advantage of FREE prostate cancer screenings performed by the doctors and staff from the KSK Cancer Center of Irvine, CA. “The organizers of Cruisin’ For A Cure didn’t put this event together just to see an assemblage of interesting vehicles. They want to save lives,” said Dr. Kenneth Tokita, a Radiation Oncologist with KSK Cancer Center of Irvine.
At last year’s charity car show, 815 men were tested and 153 of them were advised to seek additional medical attention. “For most guys, the doctor’s office is not somewhere we’re particularly enthusiastic about, so integrating non-invasive, preventative medicine into an event that caters to the demographic of men who are the most at-risk for this disease is nothing short of brilliant”.
An entry car can be – classics, muscle, trucks, exotics, customs, vintage, movie cars, and even new cars.
Automotive industry movers and shakers Troy Ladd (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster), Chris Jacobs (Overhaulin’), Chip Foose (Foose Design), Larry Wood (Hot Wheels Designer), Carson Lev (Redphin Productions), and Barry Meguiar (Meguiar’s Inc.) will meet fans along with Dave McClelland (‘The Voice of the NHRA’) in The Hangar building from 11am until 1pm.
On the day of the show Debbie Baker drives around in her decorated golf cart checking men’s arms for cotton balls and tiny bandages so she sees they have had their blood test. She knows that Cruisin’ For A Cure could save their life. Debbie says they have tested well over 14,000 men over the years and have saved more than 3,000 men’s lives.
At last year’s show, 815 men were tested and 153 of them were advised to seek additional medical attention.
or telephone (949) 353-7353.
WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017
6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the September 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.
Hot August Nights started in Reno, Nevada back in 1986, with a group of about 10,000 participants and spectators who had one thing in common: the love of rock music and classic cars from a bygone era. As time went on, the vintage rides became even more popular, the bands played louder, and the event swelled to hundreds of thousands of spectators along with tens of thousands of classics, hot rods, street rods, and virtually every type of automobile imaginable.
At the center of the August 8-13th extravaganza are the car shows and cruises. From the Grand Sierra Resort, Atlantis and Peppermill, to the Silver Legacy and Harrah’s in downtown Reno there were miles of pristine paint and chrome, as each area hosts its own spectacular shows. Downtown Reno and downtown Sparks also holds cruises, where spectators can line the streets and glimpse rolling art in motion.
… one thing in common: the love of rock music and classic cars from a bygone era.
While the car shows and nightly cruises may be the main draw, there’s still many other activities for parts scouring crowd and racers. The Nugget in Sparks hosts 1/16th mile drag races where T-buckets and street rods battle it out with blown and nitrous-fed muscle cars for straight-line supremacy.
At the Reno Livestock Center there’s a yearly swap meet, where we saw everything from fully-restored beauties to someone’s latest project. Drifting and an autocross were also part of the festivities; as classic muscle cars raced side by side newer all-wheel-drive technological wonders.
Let’s not forget the music! Bands are everywhere jamming to the classic sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and a number of live concerts featuring original rockers can be seen throughout the area.
If you’re in the market for anything from a ignition module to an engine, the Big Boy Toy store also had plenty of new products to drool over.
… it’s nearly impossible to see everything.
After nearly a week of racing around to nearly every venue we could find, we had to admit that at Hot August Nights, it’s nearly impossible to see everything. While we’ve all become accustomed to the current year 2017, for a while Reno was transformed into a wonderland where classic cars, music, dancing, and drag racing seemed to be the only thing that mattered.
With folks coming from as far away as Florida and Alaska with cars, it’s clear why the Hot August Nights event has enjoyed 31 years of success, and is prepped for decades more!
Drifting and autocross were also part of the festivities; as classic muscle cars raced side-by-side newer all-wheel-drive technological wonders.
… it’s clear why the Hot August Nights event has enjoyed 31 years of success…
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the November 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.