Under the hood: Classic car show is Sunday

About 185 classic cars will line the Festival of Arts grounds and adjacent property for the ninth annual Laguna Beach Classic Car Show this weekend.

There will be 28 different classes of vehicles from different time periods or manufacturers at Sunday's car show, hosted by the Laguna Beach Rotary Club.

Classes include Jaguar sports cars and Healy sports cars, along with American and foreign cars manufactured as early as 1931.

A Model-A will be featured at the event. Harry Bithell, chairman of the show since its start in 2003, said the Model-A is unique in that it won the rare Henry Ford Award.

For the first time, a 1931 Cadillac Coupe will also be on display. Bithell said the car just completed a three-and-a-half-year restoration, and there are only four such models in the world.

The car show, which Bithell expects to have more than 1,000 attendees, will also feature a variety of food trucks.

"This is one of the finest shows in California," Bithell said. "People will see cars at the [Laguna Beach Classic Car Show] that they wouldn't see at other shows."

Admission to the car show is $10 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12, and free for active duty military personnel with ID.

A portion of profits from this event will go toward the Rotary Club's annual effort to donate to local charities.

The car show will also be prefaced by a "cruise" down the coast from San Clemente to Costa Mesa on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The cruise is scheduled to end at Mercedes Benz in Laguna Niguel.


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If You Go

What: Laguna Beach Classic Car Show

When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road

Cost: $10 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12 and free for active military personnel with ID.

Information: http://www.LagunaBeachCarShow.com.

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