Past Pleasures car show celebrates July 4th

Yucaipa residents Allen and Karen O’Neil show off their 1958 Ford Edsel, with its distinctive front design. The Edsel was discontinued after three years because of low sales.

It might have been a holiday weekend, with a lot of locals out of town, but the monthly Past Pleasures Car Club cruise still drew a crowd last Friday night at the Yucaipa Valley Center on Yucaipa Boulevard.

In celebration of the Fourth of July, the theme for the car show was patriotic, with many in the crowd wearing red, white and blue.

Carolyn Hammock sat in the shade, relaxing with a Jack Reacher book, while she waited for the festivities to begin. She watched as members of the Explorers’ color guard from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department presented the flag and performed before the national anthem. The all-volunteer unit, of youth ages 14 to 20, later received a $500 donation from the car club.

Hammock attended the car show with friend Lynn Chapman, a Past Pleasures member who had his 1934 Ford Cabriolet on display. Chapman bought the classic vehicle in a beautiful indigo blue last year and has been enjoying it with Hammock ever since.

“We just cruise in it,” Hammock said about where they like to take it for a spin.

Regina and Richard Cruise enjoyed the show with their friends and neighbors, who all had cars on display. The Cruises have given their 1965 Chevelle a more modern look.

“I really like the black powder coating,” Richard said about why he changed the traditional chrome on the grill, bumper and fender.

One thing that wasn’t changed is the sound of the classic muscle car. Richard can close or open the dampers to give the Chevelle that big vroom, vroom sound.

“She got a whole lot of looks,” Regina said about their 15-year-old daughter Abbie when she drove the car, with its dampers open, to the show. “It really draws a crowd.”

She wasn’t kidding as car enthusiasts gathered around and oohed-and-awed as soon as Richard turned on the vroom.

Past Pleasures Car Club holds car shows on the first Friday of the month, from April until November, at Yucaipa Valley Center, 33600 Yucaipa Blvd. Car entry is free and the show, from 6 to 9 p.m., is open to the public.

For more information about Past Pleasures Car Club, visit PastPleasuresCarClub.com.

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