True blue cars with red hot pedigrees will be in the spotlight at the Downtown Burbank Car Classic this Saturday, July 28 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm in Downtown Burbank.
Covering six blocks and 200 vintage automobiles, the Downtown Burbank Car Classic will feature the V8 Ford Mustang fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film Bullitt, Herbie the Volkswagen Beetle of The Love Bug fame, a 1965 Sunbeam used for the 2008 Get Smart movie, the 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible seen regularly on HBO’s Entourage, the original Bat Mobile and more. The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is free and open to the public.
In addition to vehicles with TV and film credentials will be numerous cars with illustrious origins such as a 1929 DuPont Model G Speedster (only nine are known to survive,) 1928 Studebaker President Sedan (complete with a rare period-correct radio) and 1934 La Salle Series 350 Convertible Coupe (the first General Motors car designed by the legendary Harley Earl) from the collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
The Downtown Burbank Car Classic will feature the fastest production car in the world, the Lamborghini Diablo; a 1978 25th Anniversary Indy Pace Car Chevy Corvette; a 1947 Fiat Coupe, winner of the 1960 Nationals in Detroit, and a 1948 Ford Deluxe convertible owned by Sam Foose, auto designer Chip Foose’s father, as well as plenty of restored, rare and vintage sports cars, exotics and hot rods to satisfy every automotive enthusiast.
The show will stretch from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue on San Fernando Boulevard and Olive Avenue in Downtown Burbank.
International jazz pianist and composer David Benoit will perform from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, and a cappella legends The Alley Cats will take the stage at 5:00 pm.
Flag Ceremony by the Iron Eyes Cody District of Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America. Then starting at 3:00 pm and continuing throughout the event, the KABC Street Team will entertain with music, swag and prize giveaways. Plus, check out Disney Ride Makerz Cars… Build and customize your own ride! Watch talented Street Painters create supersized artworks directly on the tarmac. Marvel at these amazing artists as they bring historic vehicles to life before your eyes.
The Car Classic takes flight with an airborne salute. Watch for helicopters and contemporary and vintage aircraft in magnificent formation in the skies above Downtown Burbank.
Get ready for sidesplitting fun as Flappers Comedy Club presents Michael Rayner with a combination of hilarious tricks, stunts, uproarious stand-up, and a bounty of improvised fun.
The Alley Cats, America’s premier doo-wop group, take to the stage with a perfect blend of musical talent and comedic timing. The band never misses a beat as they sing the greatest songs from the 50s and 60s.
Awards ceremony. Prizes will be given for the following categories: Best in Show, Most Unusual Vehicle, Classic Award, Jay Leno Award, Best pre-1960 Vehicle, Best post-1960 Vehicle and Petersen Museum Preservation Pick
International jazz pianist and composer David Benoit performs. Benoit’s career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. In 2010, the pianist/composer was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Smooth Jazz Awards.
The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is presented by Downtown Burbank Partnership, a non-profit organization.