Message from the OA Board – September 2021


Classic Car Show Rolls into Orinda Once Again!

    While last year’s Car Tour was certainly fun with its livestream of the tour, it just wasn’t the traditional car show Orinda residents have come to love. Once again car lovers can see and touch these automotive beauties (if owners allow!). And if you’re lucky, you might get permission to sit in one of your favorites – or, at the very least, get photographed next to it.
   I love a good-looking vehicle. I’m old enough to remember the fun of cruising down the main street in town (Bakersfield) in my 1962 Chevy Impala convertible in high school or shocking people when, as a very pregnant young mother-to-be, I pushed my way out of the bucket seat of my Austin Healey Sprite. Then there was the 1940 Ford my husband and I completely rebuilt. The idea of gasoline and oil circulating in my newly detailed engine was hard to take. By the time our second child came around, I drove a 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 that had done us proud on the drag strip. Now, as a senior citizen, I prefer a Prius C for gas economy, something my Camaro, at nine miles to the gallon, didn’t afford me.
   But I still enjoy looking at great cars, and I intend to do exactly that on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., when the Orinda Classic Car Show rolls into town. Approximately 200 American and European cars ranging from the 1920s to the classics of the ‘50s and ‘60s, as well as modern exotics, will be on display in and around Orinda Motors on Orinda Way in the Village.
   Since the event takes place on 9/11, the show will feature a tribute to vintage emergency vehicles as it honors first responders who risk their lives every day. A peek at the nightly news drives this point home as firefighters from across the country battle the wildfires engulfing our state.
   Well-known announcer Steve Harwood, once again co-hosts a livestream broadcast of the show is scheduled to include interviews with many of the car owners. Jay Ward, Harwood’s co-host, a creative director for the Cars Franchise at Pixar and often a judge at major Concours events, will bring a great deal of expertise to the show.
   In case you get hungry, Loard’s Ice Cream and Candy will be on hand as well as Fourth Bore’s classic firetruck, which has been turned into a pizza oven!
   This year the raffle committee has outdone itself, finding unique prizes, including a Kidzone 12V electric Lamborghini complete with a radio, USB port and personalized license. Other items include a tailgate party and custom car products. That program is also the major beneficiary of the car show. For more information, call 925.254.0800 or go to
   See you there!

(Kate Wiley, Photographer)
Tyler Gade, age 3.5 years, tries out the Lamborghini remote car, one of raffle prizes at the Orinda Classic Car Show benefiting The Orinda Association’s Seniors Around Town transportation program.

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