Jim and Sabrina's 1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Long bed Stepside Pickup
The Sunday Breakfast Cruise – October 30, 2005

The car show season is starting to wind down no that winter is approaching and the list of upcoming events has started to dwindle. One event however, has just received a new spark. The Sunday Breakfast Cruise in Irvine. This weekly cruise formerly known as the Autobytel cruise has had new life breathed into it - now that it has secured a new location. In cooperation with Taleo Mexican Grill, a new upscale authentic Mexican restaurant located at 3309 Michelson Drive in Irvine, this weekly car show is managed by the highly-regarded HotRodCruises.com promoter Larry Beck.

Waiting in the winner's line
(Waiting in the winner's line.)

After hearing how nice the new venue was, Sabrina and I decided to check it out. We got up early on this fall Sunday morning, and climbed into the truck. As there was a slight chill in the air, the truck decided it needed a few extra minutes before its idle smoothed out and it was ready to roll. We enjoyed the peaceful drive down to Irvine, as the freeway were all ours. As we exited on Jamboree, we noticed a steady stream of classic cars headed the same direction we were. Yes, there was new life for an event once thought to be dead for sure.

After paying the modest two-dollar entry fee, we found a nice parking spot. Right away, Dennis McGillis greeted us. Dennis is a member of Vintage Chevrolet Club of America – Orange County Region the car club Sabrina and I belong to. After getting settled, we walked over to Taleo’s for a cup of coffee and a breakfast burrito. Boy, did we both enjoy our breakfast at Taleo’s. Even if you don’t have an interest in old cars, I would highly suggest you check out Taleo’s. The food and service are both excellent.

After eating our breakfast and enjoying a fresh cup of java, Sabrina and I walked back over to the car show. On this particular morning, there were only about 100 entrants as many folks weren’t aware of this event being back in business. However, the cars and trucks that were present were all very different and many of them were quite spectacular. We walked the rows of cars and listened to the classic music as the DJ kept the crowd entertained. There were several drawing for prizes and even a 50/50 drawing. Mothers representatives were out exchanging new bottles of their products for old bottles of Meguiars.

Just about the time we had seen all of the cars and we had arrived back at the truck, a gentleman came up to us and let us know that we had been selected to receive a “Best of Show” award. He told us to drive over the winner’s lineup and that soon we would receive our award and get to say a few words about our truck. So, I hopped in the truck and Sabrina headed over to the DJ’s area to get a good place to see the presentations. Along with about 10 other entrants, we each drove up to the winner’s line where we were presented our awards and were given an opportunity to say something about our vehicles. When it was my turn, I explained how I had owned this truck since I was 15 and shared a few details about its restoration.

The event was over by 11:00 AM and soon Sabrina and I were headed home. I am sure once word gets out, this will end up being a draw for about 300 cars each week due to the good reputation of its promoter and because its being held in a good location with easy access from all areas of Orange County. It was sure nice to receive some recognition for the efforts we have put into this restoration. And, Sabrina already knows the exact spot for our award, the shelf just above our desk in our home office. I think that is a mighty fine place indeed.

To see more pictures of this event, click on the link below.

The Sunday Breakfast Cruise Photos

To learn more about The Sunday Morning Breakfast Cruise and its promoter Larry Beck, click on the link to his website - hotrodcruises.com below:

HotRodCruises.com

To read about our trip to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, click on the Next link below.


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