Past Pleasures has final car show of the season

Some of the Yucaipa Fire Department who were present were (from L to R) Zachar LeVesque, Crafton EMT student; Oscar Lara, engineer; Caleb Pohren, paramedic and 2019 Fire Fighter of the Year; Angelina Anzuoni, Law and Public Safety Yucaipa High School; Captain Travis Paye.

The cars came out Friday night on Nov. 1 along with the Yucaipa Fire Department and the Past Pleasures Car Club (PPCC) to participate in the annual holiday toy drive to benefit the children in Yucaipa Valley. There was no entry fee to enter this show, but entries were limited to pre-1980’s vehicles. This special event has been going on with the fire trucks present for the past 10 years.

There were 84 registered cars with over 100 cars present for the public to view. Only the guests who participate in the show can receive trophies as the PPCC members just enjoy showing and have fun at their events. Members are from every sort of background and employment, but their common interest is the love of the classic automobiles and music of the 50’s and 60’s.

The club is also involved in raising funds for various charities throughout the Inland Empire. PPCC made this event fun for the entire family with special events for the kids including a dance contest, limbo, and a hula hoop contest. 

“This is one of our fun events,” said Art Berry, vice president of PPCC.

“The PPCC started in Yucaipa in 1979 with this year marking our 40th year. We first met at the Roaring Twenties (now All Seasons Feed and Ranch Supply) with about a dozen cars in the club, and then later on we met at Pizza Chalet for many years until we outgrew that parking lot. We have met here (Yucaipa Valley Center next to US Bank) for several years. When we moved here the car show just grew.”

“We have been at this location for the past 15 years,” said George Sardeson, show director of the Past Pleasures Car Club.

“The toys are for the children in Yucaipa Valley and the money donations help cover the cost for ribbon, paper and more toys,” said Sardeson.

Eric Dimaco from Calimesa showed his 1952 Willy’s Jeep M38-A1. He has owned this car for one year and has shown lots of vehicles over the past 25 years.

“My favorite is a 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible,” said Dimaco. “This is a 1952 Chevy Deluxe Styleline that I have been showing for 19 years and I’m looking for another one but this one still needs some work,” said Andres Luna II from Redlands.

Getting into the holiday spirit with his Christmas decorated 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle showing it for the past five years, was Damian Rutherford from Yucaipa. 

“One of my favorites is my 1949 Tear Drop Trailer, said Rutherford.

Jerry Birchfield from Fontana had his 1955 Chevy pickup-orange stepside for three years and that has won 59 awards since he has had it.

“I have a 1972 Harley Davidson Shortster, (in the back of the pickup), all original with 605 original miles. It was from my uncle in Tennessee and he had it in his bedroom for 20 years. I tried to buy it from him and finally three years ago he sold it to me. One of my last awards from showing this truck was in San Bernardino at Route 66 and this one reminds me of my pop,” said Birchfield.

Dan and Andrea Nagy come every year with their three children. “We love looking at classic cars and for us this is a family event,” said Nagy.

Buck and Jamie Houck from Buck’s Tractor Shop were there showing their Buck’s Tractor Shop Truck. 

“This is the third time we have shown our truck,” said Houck.

“I am here tonight to check out the cool cars and we always come here to enjoy the Past Pleasures car show as it is a great family event and we thoroughly enjoy it,” said Mayor Bobby Duncan.

The winner of the Yucaipa Fire Fighters Toy Drive Trophy Past Pleasures Car Club Family Car Show 2019 Fire Fighter’s Pick went to entry No. 84 a 1955 Ford F-100 Panel Truck. Gary Curtis was the owner of this beauty.

PPCC business meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and meet at Wildwood Canyon Villas, 33951 Colorado St.

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