Classic Car Show to Hit the Road

(Christopher Robson)
Classic cars, like this convertible T-bird, will take part in an on-the-road Car Show Sept. 12.

    This year, the venerable Orinda Classic Car show is coming to you – literally.
    With the new name and format, the Orinda Classic Car Road Show will feature 100 cars driving a route through each Lamorinda town before returning to home base in Orinda.
    “In the past, the Car Show, which has been going on for 16 years, has sported some 200 cars in a venue for about five hours. But because of the pandemic’s restrictions on large gatherings and also the need for social distancing, we knew we had to find a creative way to continue the show. So, this year it is a road show,” said event co-chair Diane Lautz.
    With an Orinda starting point, cars will travel down Moraga Way to Moraga Road in Moraga, following it from Moraga to Lafayette, and then drive back on Highway 24 to Orinda. 
    “Though all kinds of cars are welcome, this year special emphasis will be placed on exotic cars, which, in automotive terms, means unusually powerful cars, advanced in engineering, like Ferrari, Porches, and some higher end cars made by BMW,  Corvette or Ford Mustangs,” said Bill Waterman, the other co-chair.
    The event is an annual fundraiser for Seniors Around Town, a door-to-door, on-demand transportation program for Orinda seniors and other local non-profit groups. About 1500 rides a year are provided at no cost, but this year the organization started delivering groceries to seniors because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    “This is to help seniors, who are more prone to catch the virus, stay safely in their homes,” Waterman said.
    The car show is scheduled for Sept. 12. Organizers plan to space the cars in groups of 25 and encourage residents along the route to line the streets. A video of the road show narrated by Steve Harwood also is in the works.
    To register a vehicle or motorcycle, go to  
    Other event organizers are Mike Robinson, John Vanek, Bill Criswell, David Alverado, Todd Mercer, Tom Pearson, Kate Wiley and Ray Kunz. 

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