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Top Entertainment Vehicles Spotlight 9th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic

Top celebrity vehicles, more than 200 classic and modified cars, automotive-related vendors, and deejays spinning music from the decades will be in the spotlight at the 9th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic on Saturday, August 3 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is free and open to the public.

Picture cars from Vehicle Effects, the Television Motion Picture Car Club, Unique Twist, and much more will cover six blocks amid 400 shops and restaurants in Downtown Burbank’s thriving commercial neighborhood, on San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

A special Red Carpet Expo dedicated to famous cars from film and television will include numerous automobiles designed by Vehicle Effects and driven by the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, and Jason Statham from Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw (2019). In addition, the Television Motion Picture Car Club will feature cars including the 2008 Shelby Mustang GT500 from NBC’s Knight Rider and the 1954 Oldsmobile S-88 from the feature film Walk the Line (2005).

Expect to see a wide selection of exotic, classic, and collector cars lovingly restored by vehicle owners representing the best in Southern California car culture.

For more information, please visit  https://dtnbur.com/whats-happening/

About the PBID: The Downtown Burbank PBID (Property-Based Improvement District) is a benefit assessment district whose goal is to fund and manage improvements and promote economic vitality in Downtown Burbank. The PBID is funded by property owners who agreed to self-assess their properties to fund projects and programs that market and promote the area, provide infrastructure improvements, leasing support and increase visitation. The PBID was originally formed in 2003. The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is fully funded by the PBID.

Exclusive Car Show Pops Up in Burbank Every Friday Night

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Unbeknownst to many in Burbank, car enthusiast Frank De Jesus puts on a car show with his friends right in the heart of Burbank every Friday night. The event is family friendly and unique in the type of cars on display. However, the event is by invitation only. To gain access, you’ll have to request an invitation through the group’s Facebook page.

Frank had a chance to sit down and answer some questions about his exclusive and eventful car shows.

How would you describe what goes on at your event every Friday Night? 

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It’s a place for Japanese classic car enthusiasts to meet and unwind at the end of the week by sharing their current project or comparing notes, tech support or sourcing out hard to find parts from other enthusiasts.  It’s a form of therapy that keeps you out of trouble on a Friday night.  Drug and alcohol-free family environment.  Passerby’s feel welcomed, intrigued and reminisced by the cars their parents drove back when they were kids or even owned one themselves when they were young.  OJCM usually brings back good memories to spectators and a smile with interest in finding their first Japanese classic or similar.  Even though we are a closed group we are known across the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and other parts of the world by other fellow Japanese classic enthusiasts.  The farthest traveled Japanese classic recently visited from Hawaii.  Die-cast model trading is a growing trend, especially with some of our actual cars, have been made into Die-Cast Hot Wheels by Mattel. 

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What kind of cars typically show up during the events? 

Japanese classics mostly.  Some spectators with newer cars of all makes try to fit in but quickly feel out of place when they realize they are surrounded by rows of rare Japanese cars.  Typically cars that need some work or are undergoing a restoration.  I don’t really care if the cars are “show cars,” that’s not what OJCM is about.  As long as you share the same passion for our cars, you are one of us.  Let’s face it, most of the Japanese classics are scarce making them rare compared to most American classics like the 1964 Mustang for example.  You can pretty much build one of those from scratch with all the aftermarket support and reproduced parts easily found on hundreds of websites.  Unfortunately, you can’t do that with our cars.  My car, for example, 1985 Celica GT-S you cannot find any website that sells aftermarket parts or replacement parts.  We have to source them from junkyards (if there’s any), new old stock parts from liquidators or used parts sold on craigslist or eBay.  Very little reproduction parts available through non-dealership sources. 

For any car enthusiasts looking for a show to go to, what makes your Friday night events unique? 

We strive to keep it “exclusive” to Japanese classics 20 years or older (pre-1997) since some 1992 models spill over the 25 year mark.  This is by invite only but it’s no big secret I just prefer to have quality people rather than quantity to support our obsession.  Some that attend regularly coming from Ventura, Orange County, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Corona even Bakersfield.  Some have traveled as far as Kentucky, New York, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Washington and even Canada on their way to pick up another Japanese classic. 

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What’s the most interesting and/or strangest car you’ve seen at these events? 

It never ceases to amaze me that almost every Friday meet we get a Japanese Classic “Unicorn” to show up.  For example; The Suzuki Cappuccino (early 90’s Japanese Domestic Market only not available in the US) micro car sometimes mistaken by a Mazda Miata but much smaller, 1981 Mitsubishi Lancer (right-hand drive) ‘Box Type’ AMG Turbo Powered 4-door sports car, 1960 Subaru 360 (the first production car from Subaru) 2-door rear-engine micro car with factory suicide doors seats 4 and is about 4′ wide and about 9′ long, Mitsubishi Delica L300 4×4 right hand drive ‘All-Terrain’ van, Mazda R100 (grandmother of the rotary-powered cars), Honda N600 (stock) and VFR 800 (motorcycle engine) powered Honda N600 (probably one of the most unique modified car I’ve seen) and the list goes on…

Are the events free? 

The car meet is free by invitation only.  I refuse to advertise our event on social media and only have a “Closed Group” page through Facebook which gets so many requests to join but I carefully screen every interested party.  Even though most of the people requesting are into cars I make sure to send them a message explaining that this is an “Exclusive” car group so they know this is not your typical car group. 

Where is it located? 

In the city of Burbank close to the 5 Fwy right next to the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

What are the event’s hours? 

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9 pm-Midnight (most of the time it goes longer)

Do other members of the Burbank community help you in organizing these events? 

Yes, a handful of the original guys who started the car meet with me back in 2012 help me during the Friday meeting as well as other community events I’ve been asked to participate, support or spearhead.  For example; LAPD – Toys on Patrol Toy Drive and Car Show (originally started by OJCM), Burbank’s Holiday in the Park Car Show, Burbank on Parade 2016 and 2017, Lancers Restaurant Cars and Coffee (Burbank) and Cars and Coffee at Cafe De Olla Restaurant (Burbank) just to name a few.

What prompted you to start these get-togethers and when did you start them? 

Always wanted to start one since I started attending and registering my cars for a show over 10 years ago at the Annual “Japanese Classic Car Show” in Long Beach, CA (Aka JCCS).  The interest in the Japanese Classics at the local car meets like Bob’s Big Boy (Toluca Lake) a was absent and if you showed up in one you would get asked to park away from the other makes.  Most of the time would get curious reactions from spectators but I felt out of place usually surrounded by American Classics.  Popular car meets overtaken by immature drivers (mostly Trust Fund Kids) showing off their latest tricked out BMW M3, new Mustang or latest Camaro SS motivated me to start OJCM back in 2012.  Not to mention the Honda, EVO and Subaru kids (sound familiar?) only attract negative contact with Police and safety concerns.  I just got tired of having to leave when burnouts, revving began usually resulting in “speed contest” “exhibition of speed and the Police showing up to shut down and asking everyone to leave or get cited. 

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Do you show any cars of your own? 

Yes, 3 of my own.  All 1985 Toyota Celica GT-S Liftbacks in Red, White, and Silver, the primary colors of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) coincidentally. 

About how many people would you see attend these events? 

On average 30-50 people every Friday night. 

Why hold them in the city of Burbank? 

Burbank is a very welcoming city and it is a pleasure to go to the shops, restaurants and other business.  There are no parking meters nor have to pay to park in a lot to go shop or eat in Burbank, unlike other neighboring cities.  This is our way to give back to the local businesses, some shop and have to eat.  This particular location is key since it is centrally located, it’s not visible from the street and there is only one way in and one way out.  Another key factor is that the lighting due to local airport regulations stays on throughout the hours of darkness giving excellent lighting for photographers without the use of a flash.  Best of all, we have support by Burbank Police Department as well as Burbank Airport Police. 

Superhero September Revs Up Magnolia Park Ladies Night Out

A superhero costume contest, classic car show, food trucks, art and music are on deck as Magnolia Park’s boutiques, shops and restaurants stay open Friday evening, September 26, for Ladies and Gents Night Out.

Several local businesses are teaming up with their favorite charities to raise awareness and encourage donations at the monthly Friday evening event.

“Superhero September is for stores to pick a charity to promote,” commented Peggy Woods Pet Emporium’s Jenny Deahl. “We are promoting the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, a charity very near to my heart.”

Other charities sponsored by local shops include Paw Star Rescue at Dark Delicacies, Wildlife Learning Center at Encore Nouveau, Heart of Angels at  Romancing the Bean, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center NICU at Van Dorn Gourmets and Cancer Survivors via Jill’s Wish at Pinup Girl Boutique.

The classic car show and superhero costume contest will be held at the UMe Credit Union parking lot. Costumed characters will be walking Magnolia Boulevard between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., encouraging people to join in the contest.

Costumes will be judged at 8:00 p.m. and the top three win gift baskets prizes, all donated by Blast From The Past, a hobby and collectibles store on Hollywood Way.

Dancing mannequins and musical duo Chris and Maggie will perform outside Swift Vintage on Magnolia Boulevard. More musicians are slated to bring live sounds inside and outside stores throughout Magnolia Park.

Rice Balls of Fire, Rockin Ice, Cousins Maine Lobster, Steamed Bun Munchies, the Grilled Cheese Truck and many more food and vendor trucks will be parked along Magnolia Boulevard as well. A complete list of trucks can be found here.

Local art galleries will have extended hours. The event runs from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for several blocks in all four directions from the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way. UMe Credit Union is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Boulevard.

While Ladies and Gents Night Out typically occurs on the final Friday of every month, this September blowout will be the last one for a few months, as the district prepares for the annual Holiday In The Park event to be held November 21.

Community Chevrolet Car Show One for the Ages

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Community Chevrolet in Burbank held a car show this past weekend that showcased Chevrolets from all different eras.  Fans had a chance to visit the past and only had to look as far as the nearby showroom to see the future.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

According to Karina Meza of Community Chevrolet, the show was a success.

“Community Chevrolet would like to thank everyone that came out to support “The All Chevy Vintage Car Show” with the SFV Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. The atmosphere and responses we received were extremely positive as everyone from the car enthusiast to whole families came out to enjoy.

This year exceeded expectations with a record breaking number of entries with 100 cars from all eras beginning with the 1920’s. Thank you for helping us make this year a huge success.” said Meza

This 1963 Chevrolet BelAire won The Dealers Choice Award and The Shows First Place Award. Owned by Rene Gomez. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This 1963 Chevrolet BelAire won The Dealers Choice Award and The Shows First Place Award. Owned by Rene Gomez. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Community Chevrolet General Manager Dennis Bala hands Rene Gomez The Dealers Choice Award for his classic sparkling 1963 Chevrolet  Bel Aire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Community Chevrolet General Manager Dennis Bala hands Rene Gomez The Dealers Choice Award for his classic sparkling 1963 Chevrolet Bel Aire. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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Community Chevrolet Car Show Coming This Sunday

Community Chevrolet, along with SFVR Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, will be hosting a car show Sunday, September 8 that will feature almost 100 Chevys starting from 1924.

chevy3This is a great event for everyone to come enjoy from families to the car enthusiast that will represent car owners from all over Southern California that are making the drive just to show their valued treasures.

Everybody is invite to enjoy the festivities that will include food, music, and raffles throughout the day. All proceeds will be going to The Mutt Scouts, an LA based nonprofit animal rescue.

Also, those wanting to enter the show can still do so before 9am but space is limited as we have passed the expected amount of entries (first come first show).


Families Come Out to See Annual Car Show

For Tony Wade, the Kiwanis For Fun Car Show is a labor of charitable love.

For 30 years the Burbank resident owned an automotive shop in Glendale and was a member of the Glendale Kiwanis. When he retired 14 years ago, he decided to join a club closer to home. Then, with help from Donna, his wife of 40 years, and their daughter and son-in-law, he started a Kiwanis Club of his own.

During the club’s annual Car Show Sunday, Wade was supervising the members barbecuing hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken on the grill under the trees at Johnny Carson Park. They served 800 people lunch and 200 at the pancake breakfast.

The Aktion Club, whose members are developmentally disabled, was selling lemonade. The group is sponsored by the Kiwanis For Fun. Their participation in Kiwanis fundraising events like the annual car show allows them to learn skills that help them gain independence. Seeing them beam with pride as they volunteer alongside Kiwanis members does Wade’s heart a lot of good. He sees firsthand how his club has made a difference in their lives.

The funds raised from the car show go to children’s charities in Burbank, including the Boys & Girls Club and BCR “a place to grow”, as well as The Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center, the Burbank Police Department and the Burbank Animal Shelter.

“We donated 400 bicycle helmets this year to the Burbank Police Department for kids that don’t have helmets, and cooked and provided the product for Burroughs Senior Pancake Breakfast last week. We fed 700 kids in an hour,” Wade said. “I have had a great life and it’s a great thing to give something back.”

The car enthusiasts dotting the lush landscape had different reasons for showing their babies.

Lori Wilcox’s 1944 convertible with a rumble seat was among the 300 vehicles displayed. It’s a bright pink with flames painted on the hood, front fenders and doors. She’s been showing the car for 10 years, she said, as a way to share a hobby with her dad who owns a woody.

Her car often wins the women’s choice award, probably because of the color, she added. The car appears in the Hollywood Christmas Parade each year and has carried such celebrities as those from the former ABC TV show going to online “One Life to Live”, L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti and the band One Direction.

Pete Rios of Arleta was sitting under a pop-up tent with several friends. He was showing his black 1938 Buick Century that he bought 10 years ago. He has restored it, he said, incorporating his ideas along with those offered by his wife and son.

He tuned up the engine and had proper headers made for it. The carburetor was changed to 12 volts and shocks were added so he could lower the car to the ground during shows and raise it to drive, he said.

“They call these cars low riders or bombs — anything from the ’30s,” he said. “Some people like them stock, but I’m a low rider from way back, that’s why I built it this way.”

It took him a good five years to get it to show condition. It was his longtime dream to own a show car, he said, but because of the costs involved, he had to wait until retirement and after the kids grew up. Now he shows the car all over Southern California.

“We meet a lot of nice people and see friends we went to school with way back,” he said.

Photos By Joyce Rudolph

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.




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

Downtown Burbank Car Classic Announces Jazz Sensation David Benoit

The Downtown Burbank Car Classic, an exciting showcase for restored and pre-1974 sports cars, exotics and hot rods, will cruise into Downtown Burbank with engines roaring and horns a-blazing on Saturday, July 28 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm.  Contemporary jazz pianist and composer David Benoit will perform from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, with a cappella legends The Alley Cats taking the stage at 5:00 pm. Included in the six block festival will be lots of free family entertainment and car-related vendor booths. The Downtown Burbank Car Classic is free and open to the public.

Coordinated in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum, cars will stretch along San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue as well as adjacent streets in Downtown Burbank’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district.  The Petersen Museum will feature 1929 DuPont, 1928 Studebaker and 1934 La Salle cars from its collection.

In tune with Downtown Burbank’s connection with the entertainment industry, vehicles with a Hollywood twist will be in the spotlight.

For retro fans, the fun begins the night before with a special preview party, Friday, July 27, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Participants will join in a nostalgic trip down memory lane at the original Bob’s Big Boy, 4211 West Riverside Drive in Burbank, where the 1950s are still being celebrated. It’s a chance to bask in the golden rays of a California sunset while enjoying tasty burgers and fries served by authentic car hops. The preview is also a great time to meet fellow automotive enthusiasts and admire select vehicles before the following day’s show.

In addition to spectacular automobiles, the Downtown Burbank Car Classic delivers packed entertainment including talented street painters, interactive activities for kids, a heart-stopping flyover and nationally known music headliners.


3:00 pm

KABC Street Team entertains with music, swag and prize giveaways.

Check out Disney Ride Makerz Cars. Build and customize your own ride!

Talented Street Painters will create supersized artworks directly on the tarmac.  Watch these amazing artists as they bring historic vehicles to life before your eyes!


4:00 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.


5:00 pm

A cappella legends The Alley Cats perform a perfect blend of musical talent and comedic timing. The band never misses a beat as they sing the greatest hits 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

Contemporary jazz pianist, composer and five time Grammy nominee David Benoit performs.