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Downtown Car Classic Attracts Thousands of Car Enthusiasts

This year’s Downtown Car Classic held along San Fernando Blvd Saturday, August 5 was one of the largest gatherings of car enthusiast the show has seen.  Cars from movies, celebrities and most of the members of Burbank’s own Road Kings.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There were over 150 cars from 1931 to the newest Tesla on display. This car show just one of several events put on by the Downtown Business Partnership in conjunction with the city’s Community Development Department. This year the show attracted what members of Burbank Police estimated well over 15,000 throughout the day.  

During the middle of the show, awards were presented to car owners that were judged in several categories.  

This year Burbank residents Jim Miles and Bob Muravez were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Miles is famous for driving a 1948 blown Fiat Topolino, especially for the photo taken when the crankshaft hit the pavement on the starting line at the infamous Lyon’s Drag Strip. Muravez, aka Floyd Lippencott Jr., won the last Top Gas class in 1971, driving the twin engine Chevrolet called the Freight Train.

Here is a gallery of photographs from the weekend event.

 

 

 

Jay Leno to be at Classic Car Show in Downtown Burbank this Saturday

Celebrity cars, Jay Leno, and Drake Bell will take center stage at the third annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic this Saturday, July 26, from 3:00 to 9:00 pm.

Included will be a Red Carpet Expo with celebrity vehicles from film and television, along with a display of legendary cars from the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour, Petersen Automotive Museum, The Television Motion Picture Car Club, and the world famous West Coast Customs.  Additional blocks will feature 200 restored and pre-1974 vehicles, exotics, and hot rods. The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is free and open to the public.

Jay Leno will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the main stage located at Orange Grove and San Fernando Boulevard at 6:00 pm.

Notable cars include:

The Batmobile from the 1997 movie “Batman & Robin” starring George Clooney.  Courtesy of Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour.

A 1966 Chrysler Imperial “Black Beauty,” driven in the “Green Hornet” TV series from 1966-67. Customized by Dean Jeffries, courtesy of The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection.

A 2002 Jaguar XKR driven in the 2002 movie “Die Another Day,” courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum, and is a gift of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.

A 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible from the HBO hit “Entourage”

A Volkswagen Beetle from the film “Herbie: Fully Loaded”

Live music will be performed by The Seen from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, a four-piece rock powerhouse consisting of Los Angeles musicians Clark Souter (John Waite, Kimberly Locke, Kristine W), Yogi Lonich (Chris Cornell, Wallflowers, Fuel), Scott Bennett (Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton) and Ty Dennis (The Doors, The Motels). Playing a wide range of classics, you’re in for a night of high-voltage rock and roll!

Drake Bell will join The Seen for four songs. Bell just released his third album, Ready, Steady, Go!, which debuted on the Billboard 200, and sold thousands of copies in its first week of release.

The Downtown Burbank Car Classic will take place on San Fernando Boulevard from Burbank Town Center to the Holiday Inn. The Red Carpet Expo will be located on San Fernando Boulevard from Angeleno Avenue to Olive Avenue, with the Main Stage at San Fernando Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue.

For more information please visit www.downtownburbankcarclassic.com

Thousands Cruise to Downtown Car Classic

The winner of the Best of Show trophy in Saturday’s Downtown Burbank Car Classic was the last to know. After getting a massage across the street, Eric Hernandez returned to his 1932 Model 54 Pierce Arrow.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“A gentleman said ‘This is a beautiful car, no wonder it won Best of Show’ and I said what are you talking about? And he said ‘You won it.’ And I said are you sure?”

He came to the awards ceremony on Orange Grove and San Fernando and talked to Downtown Burbank Partnership Operations Coordinator Marissa Minor, and she confirmed it.

“I was in shock! And I’m still in shock but I’m relaxed because I had a massage,” he quipped.

Hernandez’s vehicle was among 200 classic cars on display along several blocks of San Fernando Boulevard that were closed to traffic for the annual Partnership-sponsored event. There were six trophies presented, one sponsored by U.S. Bank, another by Community Chevrolet and another from Petersen Automotive Museum. Barris Kustom Industries, owned by film and TV auto customizer George Barris, sponsored a plaque for best Custom Creation.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Barris also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Partnership for his achievements in custom auto design of the Batmobile, featured in the 1960s “Batman” TV series, as well as the Beverly Hillbillies jalopy, the Munster Koach and many others.

Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, presented the honor.

“George Barris is one of the most creative men in the auto world and he has been for decades,” he said. “Petersen Automotive Museum is fortunate to have several Barris vehicles in our collection. And as you may have noticed this evening, any of George’s creations, including our Grease Lightening, attracts a lot of attention anytime it is on display.”

George Barris with his Bat mobile creation . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

George Barris with his Batmobile creation . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Many celebrities — John Wayne, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra — contacted Barris Kustom when they wanted to stand out from the crowd, he added. Barris’ designs have influenced the styles of Detroit’s Big Three and he continues to play a significant role as an automotive ambassador of good will and creativity in the automotive world today.

Wearing black T-shirt with a yellow Batman emblem, Barris said his friendship with Robert E. Petersen goes back to 1948.

George Barris Bat-mobile. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

George Barris Bat-mobile. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We had our very first museum in Hollywood at the Autorama,” Barris said. “Pete and his wife Margie, we were together for so many years and it has always been a happy part of our days. So you can see that Petersen means an awful lot to all of us in the automotive and custom worlds and thank you all again!”

Jerry Sidgeler of Lakeview Terrace received the George Barris Kustom trophy for his 1937 DeSoto. The car won another award last year.

“That’s why I am so surprised,” he said, “I figured I wouldn’t get anything today!”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Darleen and Bill Lyons of Santa Clarita received the Best Pre-1960 Vehicle for their 1956 Jaguar.

They have won so many awards with the car they can’t even count them all, Darleen Lyons said.

Bill bought it used 49 years ago. He stored it, took it to Kansas and Oklahoma and brought it back to California and stored it again.

“About 15 years ago we got married and started fixing it up,” she said. “We both work on the car together.”

A 1956 Corvette stirred up a lot of memories for spectator Tony Luna of Burbank. When he was in Texas driving back with a buddy to San Antonio in 1966 to continue his Army duty, his buddy let him take the wheel of his ’56 Corvette.

“I decided to let it rip and I had this thing going as fast as I could, cause there was a Mustang coming up alongside me and I left him in the dust! It was a great car and a great time!” he said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Car Classic was a day for the community to come together, for the car guys to show their cars, including Jay Leno with his steamer, to hear music and see George Barris with his Batmobile, said Vice Mayor Bob Frutos.

“This is Burbank!” he said. “People love to come visit Downtown Burbank. The event helps to support our local businesses and community members get to reconnect with other community members. It gets people out of their homes and allows them to enjoy the outdoors. This is just one of many great events that we on the council collectively are working on for the people.”

DOWNTOWN BURBANK CAR CLASSIC WINNERS

The Barris Custom Winner Jerry Sidgeler. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Barris Custom Winner Jerry Sidgeler. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

George Barris – Best Custom Award – Jerry Seigeler, 1937 Desoto Sedan

Best in Show award. (Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Best in Show award. (Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Best in Show – Eric Hernandez, 1932 Pierce Arrow Model 54

Most Unique Car. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Most Unique Car. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Most Unique Vehicle – John and Pat Ruth, 1951 Kaiser Traveler 2 Door

Winner Best Pre 1960 Car. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Winner Best Pre 1960 Car. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Best Pre-1960 Vehicle – Bill and Darlene Lyons, 1956 Jaguar xk140FHC

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Best Post-1960 Vehicle – Greg Davie, 1964 Plymouth Satellite

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Classic Vehicle Award – Lucian and Judy Bartoletti, 1957 Chevy Belair

The Peterson Award (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Peterson Award (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Petersen Preservation Pick – Larry Helscher, 1957 Ford Thunderbird

From The Great Race.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

From The Great Race.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)