Following up on the success of the two-year-old Santee Street Fair, the Santee Chamber of Commerce pulled off the first Santee Car Show on Saturday, October 9. The day saw an estimated 10,000 visitors enjoying over 175 classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles, a wine and beer garden, and music by local band Ramshackle and San Diego favorite The Corvettes. Adding to the fun were dozens of local businesses and food establishments, and a generous sprinkling of political candidates.
The Car Show was a way to both showcase Santee and its businesses and to support two special organizations: Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank. Santee Santas is a community support group that provides food and toys to needy Santee families at the holidays. They also have an emergency fund program and a senior outreach program for seniors who are alone or in nursing homes. The Santee Food Bank provides non-perishable food for needy families in the community. Both of these groups benefitted greatly from the exposure as well as from donations and money raised through a silent auction and other activities.
The day also became an opportunity for the community to come together for one more special cause – a young Santee boy named Ryan who was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Ryan was diagnosed on August 13 and has already had two surgeries on the tumor, but you would not have known by looking at him. He was bright, spunky, and not too overwhelmed with all the attention he was getting. Santana National Little League had a booth taking donations toward his medical bills, and his family, which already has a disabled 5-year-old child, will hold a fundraiser at Jimano’s Pizza on Thursday, October 21 from 7:00-9:00 pm. At the Show, Ryan received a baseball autographed by former Padre and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith from the Chamber, and Ramshackle gave him a set of drumsticks from their set. You can follow up with Ryan and his family on Facebook and at CaringBridge.org.
This being election time, the politicians were popping up like mushrooms after a heavy rain – not that we know much about heavy rains in Santee. Candidates for local, state, and national offices were there in person or through their local supporters to meet the public and answer questions. At least 5 of the 8 candidates for City Council put in appearances, as did many of those running for Padre Dam Water District Board and local school boards. Watch for some interviews with candidates over the next few weeks.
As with the Street Fair, music was a big part of the day. Local band Ramshackle, featuring lead vocalist Eddie Vandiver, entertained the crowd with a mix of music by artists as varied as Tommy Tutone, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Ramshackle was followed on stage by, fittingly for a car show, The Corvettes. One of the top oldies bands in San Diego, The Corvettes include keyboardist Sam Witkin, an original member of Sha-Na-Na and veteran of Woodstock.
Of course the big draw of the day was the collection of amazing vehicles at the show. From wonderfully restored classic cars to amazingly detailed and decorated modern cars, there was a vehicle to satisfy just about everyone. The Show and its sponsors provided a number of trophies for the top cars, including Sponsor Trophies, People’s Choice, and the Best of Show Trophy. In addition, a plaque was presented to the club that brought the most cars to the show. For the first year that award went to the Poway Cruisers for bringing 10 cars. Other top winners are below. Apologies for any misspelled names.
Best of Show: 1931 Ford Phaeton owned by Stan and Judy Spate
Firestone Trophy: 1967 Chevy Camaro owned by Bob Dunn
Mothers Trophy: 1969 Chevy Camaro owned by Pat Newman
Miss Santee 2010 Trophy: 1932 Ford Coupe owned by Al Aguilar
Miss Santee Teen 2010 Trophy: 1965 Ford Mustang owned by Mike Evans
S&S Trophies Trophy: 1965 Ford Mustang owned by Gary Canfield
Lloyd’s Collision Trophy: 1969 Chevy Chevelle owned by Tom Harmon*
Best Buy Trophy: 1959 Buick LaSabre owned by Steve Parker*
*The Lloyd’s Collision and Best Buy Trophies were accepted by designates of the winners.
Update: Additional Photos.
Sadly, shortly after the car show my hard drive crashed before I had the chance to back up my photos. The link above is to a few I put online just before the crash.