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Monrovia Classic Car Show 9/11

Tim McNiff | Published on 9/11/2021

Monrovia Classic Car Show

The plan was to meet at the corner of Myrtle Ave and Huntington Drive between 7:00 and 7:30am so we could park together during the show. I arrived first and called George Merino who  said he was 10 minutes away. Next to arrive was Dan Burrola, followed by George, in his Lotus, and then new member Mark Levoe in his red ‘64 Spridget. We got into the line to enter the show and ended up parked across from the awards table and next to the very good DJ.


As we were settling in: wiping down the cars, getting out chairs and coolers, detailing wheels and tires; along came Bruce Marrs in “Tigger”, his orange ‘62 Spridget. In all we were five and during the day the cars got a lot of interest from the public.


One interested fan came up where I was seated and said he was a Healey Club member but he hadn’t had his Healey out since it was restored eight years earlier. His name, Gerry Bishop, and I made him promise to bring the Healey to an upcoming event. Gerry was showing a really beautiful “California Poppy Orange” ‘31 Ford Coupe, a real eye-catcher! In addition to the car show, volunteers were hosting the 2nd Annual Soap Box Derby further north on Myrtle Avenue. Between the two events there was a lot of foot traffic up and down the street. The temperature kept rising with the sun rising higher and we kept shifting our chairs to stay in the shade until some of us went to lunch. After lunch we kept responding to questions from interested spectators and humming and singing along to the DJ.


Finally, it was time for the awards. There was a Best Foreign Car category and our own Dan Burrola and his recently restored 3000 MkIII won. With the final awards given out and thank yous to all the volunteers and participants it was time to leave. It was a very warm drive back to Glendale, and the car responded well to the heat. A really fun day!