Jim and Sabrina's 1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Long bed Stepside Pickup
12th Annual Orange Plaza Car Show – April 23, 2006

Early on a Sunday morning in April, Sabrina and I climbed out of bed before the sunrise to attend the 12th Annual Orange Plaza Car Show. This show is organized each year by the Orange Sunrise Rotary Club. The show is designed to serve as an annual fund-raiser to assist the Rotary club with its ongoing efforts to support the YMCA of Orange.

Jim and Sabrina's 1959 Chevy Truck
(Each show entrant vehicle had a picture taken. Here Sabrina and I are entering the show. As the picture depicts, the sun has finally risen.)
Jim William's 1957 Chevrolet Station Wagon
(Here is a shot of Jim Williams’s 1957 Chevrolet Wagon. He is a friend we first met at Larry Cerny’s shop. This is another example of Larry's good work.)

This annual event has grown over the years and now draws up to 425 entrants each year. The show is open to all makes and models of pre-1975 custom and classic vehicles. In order to accommodate all of the old cars and trucks participating each year, the City of Orange arranges for the closure of the downtown area known as Old Towne Orange . This six-block area is part of the center of town that is included in the City’s Historical District that is comprised of a square mile area containing over 1,400 structures built before 1940. In 1997, this area became a national historic district and was placed in the National Registry of Historic Places. This makes it the largest residential historic district in the state of California. But on this particular day, it’s all about the cool old cars and raising money for the YMCA.

We left the house at 5:30 AM to drive about three blocks down to Chapman Avenue. When we arrived there already was a two-block line of cars. We fill into place and took a nap. At about 6:30 AM, they started parking the cars. We were fortunate enough to have been one of the first 45 entrants in line that was going to be parked in the Orange Circle area of the Plaza. This is the drive-circle that surrounds a big tree, a fountain and a small park setting that serves as the center of the Old Towne area.

We backed our truck into place after having the truck’s picture taken by the show’s official photographer. Also attending the show were several of our friends that belong to the Orange County Region of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. Here are pictures taken at the show of each of their beautiful classic cars:

Irv Kushner's 1955 Chevrolet Nomad
(Here is Irv Kushner’s pristine 1955 Chevrolet Nomad entering the show.)
Mark Wilk's 1953 Chevrolet
(This is a picture of Mark Wilk’s 1953 Chevy. He owns two of these beauties.)
Jim Miller's 1955 Chevrolet Belar Convertible
(This picture is a shot of Jim Miller’s clean and all-stock 1955 Chevrolet Belair Convertible.)
Jerry Bowland's Modified Ford Coupe
(Finally here is a picture of Jerry Bowland’s – wait that’s not a Chevy? Nope, it’s his OTHER car. A nice Ford Coupe.)

Dennis McGillis, one of the OCVCCA members wasn’t able to bring his 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle, because he was finishing up dropping a new engine in it, but he set down his wrenches for the say and joined us at the show to enjoy the cool old cars and trucks and a nice warm and sunny southern California day.

While none of our club members won an award at this show, we all enjoyed seeing the great old iron at this show and had a great time spending the day and meeting the many other automotive enthusiasts we each met during the show. At about 3:00 PM, after all the awards were presented the show was concluded, we said our goodbyes and Sabrina and I packed up our stuff, loaded it into the bed of the truck and stared our long eight-block journey home.

To see more pictures of this event, click on the links below:

Ken's Snapshots Gallery

Dave Lindsay's SoCalCarCulture.com - Event Photos

Kenny Brant Automotive Show Photographs

To read about our participation in the Canyon Cruise at Featherly Park, click on to the "Next" button below.


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