Vrooooom at the beach

An amphibious vehicle, a superhero's sports car and a 1931 Rolls-Royce powered by an aircraft engine are just a few of the vintage and dealer-selected vehicles that will line up at Corona del Mar State Beach on Sunday for the annual Coastline Car Classic.

Now in its seventh year, the event is expected to draw even greater numbers than last year's turnout of 2,500 spectators, said Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce President Linda Leonhard.

"What makes this show unique is that it is right on the beach, and it really does have something for everyone," she said.

There will be live music and children's activities. The car buffs can feast their eyes on 120 European and American classics, exotic sports cars and custom vehicles, Leonhard said.

"It's so exciting," Leonhard said. "When the cars arrive at 7 a.m., you see so many types of cars from super exotic to old vintage carriage cars. They're all revving their engines and adding to this feeling of exhilaration."

The show is sponsored by Family Classic Cars and Michael F. Harrah.

Harrah owns a sleek Rolls-Royce Phantom II with a V-12 aircraft engine, which Leonhard described as loud, showy, big and beautiful.

The Newport Beach developer also owns the 1987 Batmobile, which had its onscreen debut in the 1989 movie "Batman."

Other cars on display will be a rare 1929 Duesenberg and a Lexus "supercar," the LFA, which has a V-10 engine.

Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry, Police Chief Jay Johnson and Fire Chief Steve Parker will also present awards for their best vehicle picks.

Although Curry said that he holds an affection for 1955 and '56 Chevrolets, he said he'll have to survey all the exhibitors' cars before he selects the recipient of his Mayor's Choice award.

"I really enjoy coming to these shows because you get to see some marvelous automobiles that have the ability to bring you back to your youth," Curry said.

But, the beachside car show is more than just an event celebrating great vehicles. Proceeds go to benefit the Irvine-based Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

And, officials said, the influx of more than 2,500 people should generate a significant amount of commerce for the city.

"One of the things a community needs is to create events that attract families," Curry said. "Newport Beach has a great ambiance, restaurants and businesses for visiting people to enjoy, and hopefully they will come back again."

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