The weather was beautiful and the turnout of vehicles and motorcycles at this year’s 16th annual Bakersfield Car Club Council’s Super Cruise Car Show, held on Saturday, February 25, at the Kern County Fairgrounds was just as beautiful! The event was held in conjunction with the 35th annual Central Valley Sportsman, Boat and RV Show so car show participants got to have the best of both worlds. This was the seventh year these two events have partnered together and with approximately 250 entered this year, the event generated over an estimated $18,000 for the Society for Disabled Children of Kern County!
This event would not be possible without the teamwork of a variety of local clubs who volunteer to handle various tasks to ensure the event runs smoothly. This year the Studebaker Drivers Club handled Registration, Mopars of Bakersfield handled the parking of entrants and gate control, PT Cruisers and Old Friends of Bakersfield did the event door prizes and super door prizes as well as the 50/50, the British Car Club did the Poker Walk and the Fairlane Club did the selling of event merchandise. And, the event also got support from DJ LeRoy Kelly and live music from the Tsunami Surfers who both also volunteered their time. Adding to the atmosphere were several young ladies from Hooters.
The morning started off with entrants lined up all the way to Ming Avenue when the gates opened at 8am. Entrants were parked in a whole new theater-style parking layout this year with the stage as the center piece. This gave everyone a good view of the stage. After all were parked and settled, the Poker Walk was the next order of business as well as buying chances to win a huge array of door prizes donated by local car clubs, businesses and individuals. Just before noon sponsors who purchased Merchants Plaques came and went out amongst all the entries to pick their choice to present them with their plaque. One by one entrants were called to the stage area by DJ LeRoy Kelly and many were thrilled to have been chosen.
The Awards Ceremony started at 2pm. The 50/50 winner, Poker Walk winners, and Super Door Prize winners were announced. Three beautiful vehicles graced the front of the stage area and these awards were given out. Eddie Pruett of Bakersfield received the 2012 Rudy Gallups Perpetual Trophy with his 1930 Model A Speedster that he called “an original hotrod”! Next up was Don Parks, also of Bakersfield, who’s bright purple 1940 Ford Truck won the Inaugural Super Cruiser Award that was started and presented by the family of the late Jarrel Black. Black’s son, wife, and two grandsons picked this vehicle and were present to present the award to Parks and commented, “Dad would have loved this truck!” And the last award, Best of Show, which is sponsored and selected by Mike Hatcher and Bob Morrison of the Central Valley Sportsman, Boat & RV Show, went to Bakersfield’s Frank Hinmon’s 1957 custom Chrysler Imperial.
For the finale, Patricia Henson, Director of the Society for Disabled Children of Kern County was invited to speak about their program before the check was presented to her in the amount of $18,000. Henson was overcome with emotion and thanked everyone for their support.
Bakersfield Car Club Council Spokespersons Chris Addington and Larry Thomas would like to extend their thanks to all that came out and especially to all those who have come out over the years to support this great cause and hope to see you next year!
Special thanks to this year’s Super Cruise Major Sponsors—BEMR (Bakersfield Electric Motor Repair, Inc./Skip and Patty Langston; Phyllis K. Culp; Roy Romagno; Safelite; and, Norman Wireline Service, Inc., and Event Sponsors—Eagle Mountain Casino, Valley Cycle & Motorsports, Jim Burke Ford, Greenhaven Apartments, Lee’s Printing Center, Kern County Model T Club, Bill Wright Toyota, North Bakersfield Toyota Scion, Frito Lay, Farmer Boys, Famoso Raceway, Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, Tachi Hotel & Casino, JoRonCo Rentals, Original Roadhouse Grill, Valley Decal, and Fabrications by Addington.