The Annual Orinda Classic Car Show Returns with Vintage Makes, Modern Exotics and More

(David Dierks, Photographer)
Lawrence Siegel’s 1948 Diamond T 201 One Ton Pickup appeared at the car show in 2014.

    Everything from American muscle cars to immaculately restored Jaguars and Mercedes sports cars from the 1950s as well as 1930’s classics and more will be on display at the Orinda Classic Car Show. The automotive extravaganza takes place Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in and around Orinda Motors in the Village District of Orinda. Proceeds benefit The Orinda Association’s Seniors Around Town ride program and other local nonprofits.
    With the theme Keep on Truckin’, you can also expect to see some vintage pickup trucks as well as state-of-the-art electric cars and other modern exotics. And if that isn’t enough, the Car Show Committee has arranged for original Shelby Cobra vehicles to make a special entrance at 1 p.m.
    “One of the highlights of the show is having six to eight original Shelby Cobras driven by their owners,” said Car Show Co-Chair Bill Waterman. “These are outstanding examples of unusual and rare cars.”
    If you are not a car enthusiast, there is lots to enjoy with performances by the Lamorinda Idol singers, culinary delights from two food trucks – Bay Area Munchiez and Rosie’s Mexican Food – as well as ice cream from Orinda’s Loard’s. The Orinda Association has a raffle featuring car-related items such as detail car kits, model cars, portable BBQ and other tailgate essentials. The grand prize is a 12V kids electric Jeep with 2.4G remote control, foot pedal modes and equipped with music, horn, MP3 player and headlights.
    In addition, the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary will have a booth to showcase Cars2ndChance, a vehicle donation program that benefits Rotary and The Orinda Association. And the Orinda Historical Society will share information and photos featuring Orinda’s history. Here’s a chance to see the very Orinda streets some of the classic cars displayed drove on 
each day.
    “This show is one of the two iconic events in Orinda, along with the 4th of July celebration,” Waterman said. “Many local folks donate their time volunteering to support the show, both by bringing their cars and by working behind the scenes. We are very appreciative of all the volunteers who have again made this show possible, especially our Car Show Committee.”
    The festivities get underway the night before the car show on Sept. 9 when Orinda Rotary presents “Dancing with the Cars.” This year’s theme is “A Night in Havana” and includes a Cuban-inspired buffet, mojitos and live Latin dancing, including a quick salsa lesson. The fun evening, which includes a live and silent auction, runs 6 – 8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets by Sept. 2 at or contact  
    For more information about the Classic Car Show, call The Orinda Association at 925.254.0800 go to or For information on Dancing with the Cars, go to

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