Registration Open for Classic Car Tour

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)
Mark Maxson with his 1924 Hudson. “It always reminds me of John Steinbeck and the Grapes of Wrath,” he said.

    Ladies and gentlemen, crank the handle, turn the key or push the button. It’s time to start your engines and take the 2020 Orinda Classic Car Tour.
    Touted as the largest fundraising event for the Seniors Around Town free-ride program, the annual car show must go on, organizers said, but not the way it has in the past.
    Instead of an event where people and cars mingle, this year’s physical distancing version will involve more than 100 cars, dating back to the 1920s, following a prescribed, 45-minute route along major roads.
    Still fine-tuning details, co-chair Diane Lautz said the plan is to have a group of 20 cars, with a lead car, departing Orinda Way in five-minute intervals beginning at 10:30 a.m.
    The Dancing with the Cars party that typically accompanies this event is cancelled this year.
    Registration is $75 for vehicles and $50 for motorcycles, which includes a box lunch at the end of the tour. To register, visit The event is presented by Orinda Motors, organized by The Orinda Association and sponsored by a host of local businesses.
    A link on Zoom is planned for real-time viewing in addition to photos and a video of the start of the tour for a future fundraising event. Both will be hosted by Steve Harwood, known around town as the voice of Orinda.
    “Our goal is to keep owners, drivers and the cars safe so we invite everyone to get an up front view from their driveway Saturday morning, Sept. 12,” said Lautz. “In lieu of making a donation at the car show, as in the past, we welcome online donations to support SAT and all its services.”
    Donations may be made at

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