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Road Kings 28th Annual Charity Car Show Brings Out Hundreds of Cars & Guests

Burbank Road Kings celebrated their 65 years together with one of their biggest car shows ever. The renovated Johnny Carson Park had cars everywhere.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Classics, antiques, Nitros, vendors, food, awards, raffles, there was something for everyone. The show of some 300 cars on display was remarkable and spectacular. 

Burbank Kiwanis served up Breakfast and Lunch and there were several 50/50 drawing held. The event was free for all spectators, the monies raised from donations, shirts sales will be given to local organizations. 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Councilmembers made appearances along with Burbank Mayor Will Rogers who found his favorite and presented the Mayor’s Award during the event.

Myburbank.com’s photographer gathered some pictures from the event. 

 

Road Kings Give to Local Causes

No one is happier than the Road Kings that the redesign of Johnny Carson Park is complete.

The car club has had its Picnic in the Park and Charity Car Show there since 1996 and with the grand Re-Opening celebration set from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the group is gearing up to return in 2017, said Don Baldaseroni, car show and publicity chair.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The Road Kings are looking forward to working with the city of Burbank to do another charity car show at Johnny Carson Park in June,” Baldaseroni said. “At our last car show there we had spectators and car entrants from Australia, England, New York, Alabama, Chicago, Nevada, Arizona and all over California.”

Members raise a majority of their funds at their fall car show in Santa Anita Park. The next one is Oct. 16.

Proceeds from the car shows go to local charities and the classic car enthusiasts presented the annual distribution of funds at their meeting last week at the Burbank Elks Lodge.

One of the groups receiving a donation was the Burbank Historical Society, which maintains the city’s best kept secret, Baldaseroni said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

There are still so many people who don’t know about the society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum, he added. Some people are familiar with the jet and Mentzer House in Izay Park but have no clue that there is a two-story complex filled with memorabilia just around the corner.

“It’s an important part of the community because the museum preserves Burbank’s past,” he said.

Funds from the car club were combined with a donation from Wells Fargo to create a new audio/visual room in the museum’s Cunningham auditorium.

The projector, sound and wiring systems were replaced and board member and society handyman Gary Sutliff constructed the room’s walls, door and window.

The Road Kings’ donation helped purchase the projector and materials to build room, said Michael Dennis, the society board member and electronics technician.

Also receiving funds during the distribution meeting were the Police Fire Museum, Relay for Life, Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the East San Fernando Valley, Burbank Veterans Committee, Saddles for Solders and Dog Tags for Kids.

Burbank Police Officer Karel Castro accepts a check from Roads Kings for the Police Fire Museum. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officer Karel Castro accepts a check from Roads Kings for the Police Fire Museum. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Three more organizations will receive donations at next month’s meeting including Burbank Fire Department Muster Club, Burbank Temporary Aid Center and Family Service Agency of Burbank.

While the car club has missed doing its shows in Burbank over the last two years, it has volunteered time to help at car shows held by the Montrose Shopping Assn. and Old Town Newhall Assn.

Baldaseroni promises the show’s return to Carson Park in June will be a memorable one as the car club celebrates its 65th year in Burbank. But members have no plans of retiring.

Road Kings and Bob’s Big Boy Welcome West Coast Customs to Town

West Coast Customs — the world-renowned auto customizer to the stars — received a welcome to Burbank from the Road Kings car club at Bob’s Big Boy Toluca Lake on Saturday afternoon.

The Road Kings are taking a year off from hosting the annual June car show because Johnny Carson Park is under renovation, so members and friends celebrated the club’s 63rd year in town by packing Bob’s parking lot and car-hop area with about 100 classic vehicles.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Road Kings President “Fast Eddie” Salvatore and car show chairman Don Baldaseroni conducted a brief ceremony congratulating West Coast Customs officials for moving the business from Corona to Burbank. It specializes in customizing new cars and restoring classic cars.

“It’s really nice to have another automotive-related hot rod shop in Burbank,” Salvatore said. “We have a few but this is really great for the company, the city and the Road Kings and that’s why we are honoring them today.”

Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, who drove up in his sapphire 2014 re-introduced Corvette Stingray, came out to lend his support. Having West Coast Customs move to Burbank is good for the local economy, he said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“There’s a market for it with the studios and everything,” he said, adding that bringing a business of this caliber here provides more jobs in Burbank. “We’re the media capital of the world, whether it’s Comcast-NBC-Universal, Warner Bros., there’s a demand for these fast and furious-type vehicles.”

The car show was also a way to bring together those who love classic cars and fans of modern vehicles, like those that can be seen at West Coast Customs.

“We have a younger generation that maybe doesn’t appreciate the very classic cars like my friends here who like the futuristic cars,” Frutos said. “We’ve always been a very traditional classic car town but now it’s also looking at the younger generation folks — the millenniums — and their passion for exotic vehicles. So I think this is great for our city and it’s great that the Road Kings put this event together to bring the old but also the new — it’s all inclusive and that’s why I’m here.”

West Coast Customs was founded in 1993 by Ryan Friedlinghaus, chief executive officer. Its new location is at 2101 W. Empire Ave. They have lots of events planned, such as a car show on the first Saturday of the month.

Plaques were presented to officials with West Coast Customs from the Road Kings by President Salvatore and Leo Matias, day manager at Bob’s Toluca Lake. Matias also presented the auto customizer with a trophy from both Bob’s Big Boy and the Road Kings.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I want to dedicate this plaque to West Coast Customs and thank you guys for letting us have this event here at Bob’s Big Boy,” Matias said. “We support all the car clubs like the Road Kings. This is where we have the best car shows in the world.”

President Salvatore presented a plaque that reads “Welcome to Burbank West Coast Customs!”

It was the second time Frutos welcomed the company to the city, he said.

“I know we had the event a year ago but we want to make sure we cement our relationship and appreciate having you here because we are a car city,” he said. “Remember cruising started here in the San Fernando Valley and so for me to be here as the mayor of Burbank and basically being honored here with you together for our city is awesome. To the Road Kings — thank you so much Don and Fast Eddie … for what you do for the different nonprofit organizations in our city and all the club members who are here. You guys are awesome. This is a rare opportunity for me to thank you for what you do and I support the car culture in our city.”

Cheryl Lynch, chief marketing officer with West Coast Customs, thanked everyone for the recognition.

“Super super thank you so much to everybody on behalf of West Coast Customs,” she said. “The shop is really something to see. For any of you who are car aficionados or just want to come and look at some really different stuff we have a 60,000-square-foot facility, tours every day. Come on by. We are going to display these [awards] right in our lobby. When you come in, you will be able to see them. Thank you all so much again!”

Burbank has been a perfect fit for West Coast Customs, said Hunter Clancey, who is in charge of client relations.

“Burbank is such a car and TV-based city and that is essentially our company in a nutshell,” he said. “TV is what we’ve been doing for years now so it goes hand in hand — cars and entertainment.”

Having Bob’s Big Boy and the Road Kings welcome the company to Burbank gives it a great big stamp of legitimacy, Lynch said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Right? Like OK, they are here, they’re cool, they’ve arrived!” she said. “The Road Kings have been super supportive and the mayor was at our opening in December. And kind of our first little foray. I know Ryan [Friedlinghaus] has come here for the car shows on a couple of Friday nights, so it is all working seamlessly.”

The car show culminated with Bob’s Big Boy Manager Leo Matias presenting trophies to the owners of the best cars in six categories. Winners were Larry Tadlock, Manager’s Choice; Frank Pucio, Best Cruiser; Ismael Ruvalcaba, Best Classic; Sal Moncibais, Best Custom; Ed Tucker, Best Truck; and Donald Lo Bue, Best Hot Rod.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Road Kings Give Again to Burbank Charities

Nonprofit groups that preserve Burbank’s past were among organizations receiving donations from the Burbank Road Kings during their April meeting at the Elks Club.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ron Barone, battalion chief of the Burbank Fire Department, accepted a check for the Fire Department Muster Club and Historical Society. Joining him were Muster Club members Steve Byrne, Steve Rushing and Jeff Ponton.

The organization is dedicated to preserving the fire department’s history and the antique vehicles in its fleet including the Christie Steamer, the Moreland Pumper and the Crown Pumper. For a closer look at these beauties go to the Muster Club’s Facebook page.

Barone thanked the Road Kings and added two anecdotes. When he joined the department 28 years ago, several fellow employees were also Road Kings members and maintained the fire trucks. They earned his trust because the vehicles were always in tip-top shape, which Barone attributed to the knowledge they gained through their participation in Road Kings. Barone added that his love of antique vehicles comes from his 90-year-old dad who still owns 17 vintage vehicles.

“We’ll do our best to keep those vintage apparatuses in Road Kings-calibre shape,” he said.

Other groups receiving donations were the Burbank Police and Fire Museum, Burbank Mounted Police, Burbank Historical Society, Relay For Life, Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Burbank Veterans, Boy Scout Troop 50, Horses for Veterans and Dog Tags for Solders’ Kids.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Road Kings are celebrating their 63rd year in Burbank. The club sponsors two car shows each year to raise funds for Burbank charities, said Don Baldaseroni, car show chair, past president and executive board member.

“With today’s financial crunch that all city’s face, it is very important for all organizations and businesses to do as much as they can to support the nonprofits that  are so essential to a great city like ours,” he said.

This year the June car show has been cancelled because Johnny Carson Park is closed for renovation. But the group will be heading to Santa Anita Park in October for the annual car show at the race track.

The Road Kings display their cars at community events throughout the year and provide vehicles that dignitaries ride in during Burbank On Parade. The car club is

recognized around the world as a premier club and one of the oldest in Southern California, Baldaseroni said.

Notable club members of drag-racing fame include “TV” Tommy Ivo, Bob “the freight train” Muravez, who was inducted just this March. Former “Late Night” host Jay Leno is also a member and attends many car shows.

Road Kings Rev It Up During 25th Annual Car Show and Picnic

Racing legends Mark Lingua, left, and Jim Miles attend the Road Kings car show at Johnny Carson Park on Sunday. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Racing legends Mark Lingua, left, and Jim Miles attend the Road Kings car show at Johnny Carson Park on Sunday. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

All the rumbling heard near Buena Vista Street and the 134 Freeway on Sunday was not another road project in town — it was the Nitrofest during the 25th annual Road Kings Car Show and Picnic in the Park.

Every nook and cranny of Johnny Carson Park was packed with 600-plus classic autos and motorcycles. In the northwest corner, custom-made nitro cars from the 1960s and ’70s were roaring their taillights off to the delight of hundreds in attendance.

Gino Gaudio sings "The Star Spangled Banner" during opening ceremonies of the Road Kings 25th annual Car Show and Picnic in the Park on Sunday. ( photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Gino Gaudio sings “The Star Spangled Banner” during opening ceremonies of the Road Kings 25th annual Car Show and Picnic in the Park on Sunday. ( photo by Joyce Rudolph)

There were five nitro cars and one boat, said publicity chairman Don Baldaseroni and they mean business. When these cars raced back in the day, they clocked 200 mph in 7.50 seconds over a 1/4 mile stretch, he said. Today’s modern versions reach 330 mph in 3.72 seconds but only go 1,000 feet on the tracks in Pomona and Bakersfield.

Burbank is the only place locally you can see — and hear — these vintage race cars without going to the tracks. Along with the vehicles, there was live music by the Mark Seller’s Band. Other attractions included a 40-vendor midway with car-related items and more, a silent auction and pancake breakfast and barbecue lunch cooked up by the Kiwanis For Fun Club.

Boy Scouts perform presentation of the colors during the opening ceremonies of the Road Kings  Car Show and Picnic in the Park. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Boy Scouts perform presentation of the colors during the opening ceremonies of the Road Kings Car Show and Picnic in the Park. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The day kicked off with presentation of the colors and flag salute conducted by local Boys Scouts followed by Gino Gaudio singing “The Star Spangled Banner”. Road Kings member Bob Beck introduced Burbank Mayor David Gordon who presented a proclamation to Road Kings President “Fast Eddie” Salvatore.

In his welcome speech, Mayor Gordon marveled at the people coming from across the country to show their cars.

“We have people from Connecticut and Wisconsin who are here to participate,” Gordon said.

Mayor David Gordon, left, presents a proclamation to Road Kings President "Fast Eddie" Salvatore during opening ceremonies of the Road Kings Car Show and Picnic in the Park on Sunday at Johnny Carson Park. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Mayor David Gordon, left, presents a proclamation to Road Kings President “Fast Eddie” Salvatore during opening ceremonies of the Road Kings Car Show and Picnic in the Park on Sunday at Johnny Carson Park. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Sunday’s event brought people from as far away as New Zealand and England, Baldaseroni said.

“Our shows receive national and international attention from the hotrod magazines,” he said.

In fact, Clark Bones drove his 1954 Chevy along with four of his friends and their cars all the way from Alabama. The Chevy won the Road Kings President’s Award.

Other awards were the Mayor’s Choice, chosen by Mayor David Gordon, and presented to Larry Pearson of Calabasas and his 1934 Ford; Burbank High Auto Shop Students Award went to Steve Gray of Santa Clarita for his 1967 Chevy Camaro; Burbank Fire Award given to Kyle Roberts of the Burbank Cruising Assn., and his 1964 Chevy; and the Burbank Police Award went to Rowland Hall of Burbank for his 1965 GTO.

Fred Ruth's red 1933 Ford Factory Five kit car took his son 14 months to build four years ago. He decided on red because it's his favorite color. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Fred Ruth’s red 1933 Ford Factory Five kit car took his son 14 months to build four years ago. He decided on red because it’s his favorite color. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Fred Ruth, 82, of North Hills was showing his red 1933 Ford Factory Five kit car. It took his son 14 months to build four years ago. He decided on red because it’s his favorite color and also the same color as his wife’s 2008 Corvette. He’s driven the Ford to Pueblo, Colo., and Louisville, Ken.

“It’s got great pick-up,” he said. “The car only weighs 2,200 pounds and the engine came out of a car that weighed 6,000 pounds, so the difference in the power is tremendous.”

A close-up look at Fred Ruth's 1933 Ford Factory Five kit car. He's driven it to Pueblo, Colo., and Louisville, Ken. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

A close-up look at Fred Ruth’s 1933 Ford Factory Five kit car. He’s driven it to Pueblo, Colo., and Louisville, Ken. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Tom Patino, of Burbank, brought his Sienna Metallic Red 1979 Datsun 280ZX to the show. He bought it in ’79 fully loaded for $11,600.

“I know it doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but for 1979 it was very expensive,” he said. “I had the fuel injection and cruise control. Without that and all the specials I think you could have probably bought it for $10,000. I never intended to keep it that long. But it was my everyday car for 12 years and then when I got my other car, I didn’t have the heart to sell it.”

Before he knew it, 15 years then 20 years went by, and all of a sudden it was 25 years later.

“And people were saying ‘hey you’ve got a classic here, I hope your not selling it. I go maybe I won’t sell it and I ended up keeping it and now its 34 years and I’m real glad I did. I don’t drive it much and it only has 111,000 miles on it.”

He didn’t have to drive far to work because he was production manager for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

The new "old" license plate colors will be available, a real bonus for classic car enthusiasts. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The new “old” license plate colors will be available, a real bonus for classic car enthusiasts. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Jim Miles was on site with photos of his famous Magic Muffler Fiat AA/FA Topolino. In August of 1964 Miles was racing the car in Long Beach and the engine exploded at the starting line, he said. A clone of the car, now owned by Bill Corbett, was on display at the Road Kings show.

Mark Lingua was also attending. He built the Bonneville Streamliner in his Burbank backyard that travels over 300 mph with just a 1 liter engine.

When asked what it’s like to drive so fast — Lingua noted how quiet it is.

Road Kings member Noel Salvatore presented one of the Road Kings 15 Top Picks, to a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500, owned by Art Tabata from Diamond Bar. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Road Kings member Noel Salvatore presented one of the Road Kings 15 Top Picks, to a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500, owned by Art Tabata from Diamond Bar. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

The Road Kings members judged and gave out 15 Top Picks, and member Noel Salvatore presented his pick to a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500, owned by Art Tabata from Diamond Bar.

“I like this one because of its all-stock look — it’s all original accept for the license plates. It’s in beautiful condition, and it’s got an original factory record player in here,” he said.

It only played vinyl 45’s though, said a car enthusiast passing by.

A nitro boat on display at the Road Kings 25th annual Car Show. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

A nitro boat on display at the Road Kings 25th annual Car Show. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

This is the last Road Kings car show at Johnny Carson Park before the city of Burbank starts its renovation project there. In the meantime, the Road Kings hope to work with the city in bringing the car show back after renovation is completed or move it to another location. Baldaseroni would like to see the show stay in Burbank. It’s one of two shows the group has each year, the other is in October at Santa Anita Park.

Sponsors of the event were Giamela’s Submarine Sandwiches, Cusumano Real Estate Group and Gary Bric’s Ramp.

The shows raise funds for many Burbank charities and also are a destination for folks coming to visit Burbank, Baldaseroni said.

“Events like the car show, Burbank On Parade and others add to the quality of life and bring people into the city,” he said.

Les Halpert, left, and Steve Hannick, members of the Kiwanis For Fun Club, grill the bacon during the pancake breakfast at the Road Kings Car Show. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Les Halpert, left, and Steve Hannick, members of the Kiwanis For Fun Club, grill the bacon during the pancake breakfast at the Road Kings Car Show. (photo by Joyce Rudolph)

(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)

 

Local Charities Benefit from Road King Car Shows

The Burbank Road Kings recently presented local philanthropies with funds they raised during their two annual car shows.

One show is held in June at Johnny Carson and the other in October at Santa Anita Park, said Don Baldaseroni, car show chairman.

Members are are planning the 25th annual Picnic in the Park and Charity Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Johnny Carson Park. Admission is free for spectators and participants with parking in the lots across the street from the park.

“The club is presenting the Nitrofest or as they say ‘Nitro Madness’ — the thunder from nostalgic top fuel dragsters,” Baldaseroni said. “More than 500 hot rods, classics, muscle cars, vintage boats and motorcycles will be displayed throughout the park.”

Other attractions include a 40-vendor midway with car-related items and more, a silent auction and live music by the Mark Sellers Band.

This is the last show at Johnny Carson Park until the city completes refurbishing it. The Road Kings are working with the city to find another Burbank location for the car show, Baldaseroni said.

The car club’s success in raising funds, Balaseroni said, is through the support of The Giamela family, Cusumano Real Estate Group, Gary Bric’s Ramp and many other businesses in town.

Charities that received donations at the May 13 meeting were the Burbank Police and Fire Museum, Burbank Fire Muster Club, Burbank Equestrian and K-9 Unit, Burbank Historical Society, Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Boy Scouts of America – Verdugo Hills Council, Dog Tags for Soldiers for Kids project, Burbank High School auto shop program and Relay for Life.

The Road Kings car club was established in 1952 in Burbank. Initially it was formed as a racing club with a few hot rods mixed in, Baldaseroni said. In 1999, at the National Hot Rod Assn. Hot Rod Reunion, the Road Kings were recognized as the Justice Brothers Spotlight Club.

Other recognition has come from the U.S. Congress, Eagle 1, City of Burbank and others. While the club now is more hot rod than racer-oriented, there are still a number of members who race in the NHRA and in Nostalgia Drags. Don “The Snake” Prudhomme remains a member and in 2000 he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Downtown Burbank Car Classic to Feature True Blue Cars with Red Hot Pedigrees

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.

This 1962 all original MG (which is currently for sale) is just one of the many cars entered into the Downtown Burbank Car Show on Saturday.

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.

 

Schedule:

 

3:00 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.

 

3:15 pm

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.

 

4:30 pm

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.

 

5:00 pm

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.

 

7:00 pm

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

 

7:30 pm

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.

 

For more information, please call 818.238.5180 or visit www.downtownburbankcarclassic.org

The Story Behind The Story – How Ron Howard Appeared In Burbank On Parade

By Stan Lynch
BurbankNBeyond Features Editor

Ron Howard, one of Burbank’s most famous native sons, made an appearance in Burbank On Parade much to the surprise of the thousands of spectators who lined Olive Ave.   It was also a surprise to parade organizers and even to Ron himself.
Ron’s appearance came about quite by accident, and in large part due to friendships that started at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School back in 1959.

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