By DAVID DIERKS
The Orinda Classic Car Show held its 14th successful weekend Sept. 7 and 8. The event started with Dancing with the Cars on Friday followed by the car show on Saturday. Organized by Chip Herman and hosted by Orinda Motors (the company shut down business for two days to host the show), the event showcased over 200 vehicles along Avenida de Orinda, Orinda Way and the Phairs’ parking lot. The event raised over $70,000 for local beneficiaries/charities. “It was the best show ever,” said Herman.
Dancing with the Cars, the ticketed party held at the Orinda Country Club (OCC) and produced by Orinda Rotary was sold out. The party let attendees get a sneak peek at some of the cars before the show. This year’s theme, American Graffitti, featured classic Fords and Chevys pulled up at Mel’s Drive-In.
Saturday was the high point with all the vehicles on display. A special exhibit of historic race cars met attendees at the entrance tent on Orinda Way. The show ran from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., culminating in a drive to Moraga and back where some lucky attendees were able to ride in the vehicles that had been on display. “The partnership formed by all of the participating community groups put on a car show that Orinda and the East Bay can be proud of,” said Herman. “The owners of the cars say that this is the best run, most fun car show that they attend. They all want to come back next year!”
Organizations benefitting from the show include Educational Foundation of Orinda, Seniors Around Town, The Orinda Association, Orinda Rotary, Lamorinda Arts Council and Orinda Starlight Village Players. For more information about the Orinda Classic Car Show and to see a photo gallery of some vehicles in the show, visit www.orindacarshow.com.