While Kiwanian chef Tony Wade Tony Wade was busy flipping his famous pancakes, engines roared, revved and purred around him as exhibitors rolled their prized cars, trucks and motorcycles into Johnny Carson Park for Burbank Kiwanis For Fun Car Show and Arts and Crafts Fair on April 26.

This is an annual spring tradition that, along with an incredible display of vintage vehicles, includes a pancake breakfast, vendors offering an eclectic array of artistic wares, entertainment and a seemingly endless supply of burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and fries.

As auto aficionados from Burbank and the surrounding areas arrived at the park, they took a nostalgic trip back in time admiring the hundreds of vehicles on display including Dennis Jewell’s 1963 Pontiac GTO, George Barber’s 1964 Ford Mustang, and Gary Evans 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup.

Among the cars that attracted the most attention was Joseph Rosa’s 1929 Mercedes Gazelle Roadster, recently refurbished after its involvement in an accident and Brian Bero’s 1981 DeLorean that instead of conjuring up memories of the past, took folks back to the future.

Attendees also admired the retro rides of Carmine Palazzo, Skip Copp, Greg Fonatine, Gary Wilson, Harry Rogers, Frank Luis, Jim Ranshaw, Randy Johnson, Rick Kangrga, Larry Tadlock, Bill Loven, Ray Bisordi and Michael Rickman caused heads to turn as he made an entrance on his 1951 Indian Chief motorcycle.

Others who proudly participated in presenting their prized possessions were Bill McChesney, Jan Loporchio, George Barber, Ken Friend, Gary Rand, Wayne Burns, David Santa Cruz, Jack Esson, Bob Michales, Stan Dalton, Jim Nicholson, Ray Astamendi, Robert Diton, Greg Newton, Tom Strasser, Frank Montano, Skip Atkins, Ted Martinez and Rene Perez.

Others whose presence and participation made for a successful event were Isabel Adams, Don Baldaseroni, Brenda, Analia and Daniel Gillman, Ella Young, Ricky Hernandez, Alex Nissing, Sally Perez, Chris Flick, Art Perez, Tiffany Clymer, Randy Cadd, Dan Roberts, Michelle and Amanda Songbird, Adriana Rivera, Terry Tait, Paul Yaros, Joel Embrick, Joe Caponetta, Ed Janke, Duane Kofoed, Gary Meyers, Scott Plantinga, Ed Evans, Andria Salazar, Ignacio Olmos, Henry Torres, Gary Durrrett, Frank, Lynn, Hortensia and Leyana Montano, Audrey Markel, Bob Money, Chuck Hanson, Frank and Mary Nay, Terry Lincoln, Carl Abejon, and Tom Pessaeno.

Founded in 1922, the Kiwanis Club of Burbank was established to raise funds for worthwhile projects and to support local charities and nonprofit organizations.

Proceeds from last week’s car show will benefit the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Burbank YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels and the Boy Scouts. In addition to supporting these local organizations, the club’s Kiwanis Cares about Children program also supports more than 40 projects that provide assistance to local families who find themselves in need of help.

 DAVID LAURELL can be contact at dlaurell@aol.com or (818) 563-1007.

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