Nearly 100 spit-shined beauties, music by the band No Reception and DJ Mo, food and friendship attracted hundreds. The event raised $4,000 and a pallet full of toys for the Brentwood Regional Community Chest’s Christmas Basket program. “One guy even drove through the parking lot and told us to take a box full of toys out of the back of his truck. He didn’t even get out; I don’t even know who he was,” said owner Linda Wilson.
Dedicated to the BRCC in honor of its founder, Rose Pierce, the event is special to Wilson because it’s about locals getting together to help local people. The community spirit of the event can be seen in the donations, she said, but also in the help provided by sponsors, the tolerance of neighboring businesses impacted by the crowds and cars, and Brentwood NAPA staff.
Dozens of awards were handed out, a special Best of Show trophy going to Adrian Hernandez’s 1962 Chevy Impala. One trophy was a rural-style mailbox with a custom paint job by Mickey Galloway, noted motorcycle painter whose clients have included the late founder of the Hell’s Angels, Sonny Barger.
A new memorial award was instituted this year in honor of Willie West, a local firefighter who lost his battle against cancer earlier this year. The inaugural award went to Andrew Gaul and his silver-and-black 1968 Camaro. Although the firefighters who made the selection were unaware, the car had been a project purchased as a distraction for Andrew and his father, AJ, a firefighter who used to work for the ECCFPD, when Andrew was undergoing successful treatment for leukemia.
Brentwood NAPA Auto Parts accepts donations for the BRCC year-round. The store’s address is 7881 Brentwood Blvd.
Casey’s Auto Body, Vornhagen, Mickey’s Magic, Ryland Racing, Bacchini Fruit Tree, Mike’s Autobody, McCauley Brothers, Bill Brant Ford, East Bay Muscle Car, Discovery Bay Pest Control, Pat McHenry, Kendall Automotive, Gonzales Trucking, Gonzales Hay and Freight, Summerwood Properties, Brentwood Tire, Brentwood Plaza, Meguiar’s, Automotive Aftermarket Services Inc., William’s Sanitary Service, Levin’s Auto Supply, U.S.G. Custom Graphics, American Trophies, Forney Industries, P.B.E. Warehouse, Rena’s Signs, Valley Sweeping, Napa Fresno DC, Antioch Dodge and Brentwood Press.
Best of Show: 1962 Chevy Impala owned by Adrian Hernandez
Best Muscle Car: 1971 Ford Mustang owned by Victor and Alvic Manzano
Best Lowrider: 1948 Buick Super owned by Rafa Loza
Best Motor: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera owned by Roger Thomas
Best Truck: Richard Gonzales
Best Paint: 1948 Ford Convertible owned by Rena Garcia
Best Hot Rod: 1941 Willy’s Coupe owned by Mike Pulido
Best Interior: 1956 Fort F-100 owned by Scott Kahlor
Best Convertible: 1955 Chevy Corvette owned by Danny Vargas
Best Original Classic Car: 1966 Ford GT 350 owned by Loyde Talton
Best Motorcycle: 2001 Harley Davidson owned by Warren Eden
Fallen Warrior Award: 1941 Buick Convertible owned by Jacob Andrews
Willie West Memorial Award: 1968 Chevy Camaro owned by Andrew Gaul
Best of the ’60s: 1962 Chevy Impala owned by Adrian Hernandez
Best of the ’70s: 1972 De Tomaso Pantera owned by Roger Thomas
Best of the ’80s: 1989 Corvette owned by Steve and Pam Hall
Club Participation: Asphalt Outlaws