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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 11:35 am

The Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West partnered with the Sun City West Firefighters Charities for a car show Saturday, a fundraising effort the firefighters hope will become a lucrative tradition for the community.

Even early in the day it seemed clear it was sure to be a success. Held in the parking lot of Long Realty at the corner of R.H. Johnson Boulevard and Camino Del Sol, the show was filling up with cars of all types from the start.

From expertly and faithfully restored classics to more eccentric hot rods to even modern eyecatchers like a Lamborghini, there was something for all tastes.

Johnny Davis moved to Sun City West from Illinois last year, and he brought his 1982 Corvette with him.

“In fact, I have a lot of show cars,” he said. “I’m worse than Jay Leno.”

Davis said restoring cars is his favorite hobby, closely followed by attending car shows, which is why he decided to participate in Saturday’s event.

“I’ve been going to shows like these for probably 10 years now,” he said. “You put eight to 10 hours a day into working on a car for four years, you want to show it off.”

He almost did not make it, though; nearly done in by a bad starter.

“My buddy has a roadster. He called to tell me about this show and asked me if I wanted to go,” he said. “I told him if I can start it up, I’ll go. And if I can get it started again later to get it home, even better.”

Holli Sandeen, community outreach specialist for the Sun City West Fire District, said firefighters are grateful to everyone who attended and who helped put the event together.

“Every year our fire department adopts kids from the Dysart school district,” she said. “It’s a 15-year-old tradition, and all the money we raise today will go toward that program.”

Come Christmas time, those children will receive a new T-shirt, socks, shoes, a board game and some kind of sports ball.

“We want them to be able to sit around the table and play a game with their families and also to get outside and play a sport,” she said.

It only made sense, then, to make Christmas the theme of the show.

The Christmas in July Car Show featured Santa Claus himself, who joined the crowd for breakfast and even subjected himself to the dunk tank, all in the name of raising more money for the program.

Sun City Grand resident Linda Sherwood brought her 1969 Mustang convertible to the show, a vehicle she has owned since 1971.

“I’m the second owner,” she said. “It’s been in storage for about 25 years. It was in a barn in Oklahoma for about seven years while I was overseas. I just got serious about restoring it about three years ago, It’s a work in progress, let’s put it that way.”

Sherwood said she enjoys the atmosphere at car shows and the chance to talk shop with other enthusiasts.

“These are always fun. They’re always a good time,” she said. “And this one is for a good cause, too.”

• Jeff Dempsey may be reached at 623-876-2531 or

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  • chrisadams posted at 9:47 pm on Thu, Feb 25, 2016.

    chrisadams Posts: 42

    I am so glad to read this post. I support this kind of fund raising programs for charity. The students have been doing a great job and I appreciate them for their priceless efforts. Thank you so much for this post! Keep sharing! sell citi thank you points

  • webbrowan posted at 12:49 am on Tue, Jan 26, 2016.

    webbrowan Posts: 28

    The automotive restoration club would most definitely have been a club that I would've joined in High School if there was such a club at mine! I had a big love for old cars and getting them all souped up. Alas, we had no such club and here I am offering people new car finance deals instead! Haha! Things could have most definitely turned out very much differently huh?

  • millicater posted at 4:21 am on Sat, May 23, 2015.

    millicater Posts: 40

    Every car show has its own rules, sometimes people can buy the cars exposed at this event and other times, they only get to see some rare, classic, but also modern vehicles. But, having the opportunity to buy a car may increase the participants' number. Further, if someone decides to purchase a car, he should also get an auto insurance quote to find out how much the auto insurance costs.

  • James Brown posted at 4:32 am on Sat, Mar 21, 2015.

    James Brown Posts: 73

    It is indeed great to organize such car shows to provide support to charities. However, at such shows they can also auction old cars and car accessories along with RV accessories to raise money.

  • kenulorsen posted at 4:18 am on Wed, Mar 18, 2015.

    kenulorsen Posts: 16

    If someone finds a classic car at an auto show, but he can not buy it, he should search for it at This company is one of the largest dealers of European and American classic and exotic cars on the east coast of the America and for certain it should have a certain model in its parking lot.

  • kenulorsen posted at 2:29 am on Wed, Mar 18, 2015.

    kenulorsen Posts: 16

    If someone wants to participate in an auto show first he must prepare the car. He should find a reliable supplier for auto body parts to order any car part that he needs to repair it, considering that someone can own a vintage vehicle. When the car is fixed, he should pay the show fees and to find a good parking spot to exhibit his vehicle.

  • tommglass posted at 6:53 am on Tue, Mar 17, 2015.

    tommglass Posts: 49

    Great cars were brought at this car show! Now, there are people who want to sell their vehicles and others who don't want to let go their ancient automobiles. For those who are willing to sell their cars, they should repair them first and change any car part, if it is necessary, with genuine ones, like these OEM Nissan parts for any Nissan model to offer his client a classy, original car.

  • tommglass posted at 5:39 am on Tue, Mar 17, 2015.

    tommglass Posts: 49

    It is best to sell your unused vehicle for a charity cause, instead of keeping it in the garage, at home. But, with this occasion, someone can clean his garage and renovate it, if it is the case, installing here a few quality cabinets, like the ones from, to keep it clean and neat in the future. Afterwards, he can buy a new, modern car to use it daily.

  • loopkelly posted at 3:38 am on Mon, Mar 9, 2015.

    loopkelly Posts: 36

    Some people try to gather as much information as they can about the car that they want to buy because they want to make a wise decision when it comes purchasing the car. On the other hand, the car manufacturer should produce only vehicles that meet the new ecological and environmental standards. An emissions compliance monitoring system is a great idea to find out how much pollution a certain car can do. According to this data, the manufacturer must modify his vehicle or not.

  • tommglass posted at 5:35 am on Fri, Mar 6, 2015.

    tommglass Posts: 49

    Some people don't have enough money to buy such a rare car, instead, they like to rent a limousine for a day. Also, some businesses resort to the corporate transportation services Edison Morristown when they have a foreign delegation at their headquarters. Bottom line, if someone doesn't own a car, he can use other related services, like these ones.

  • tommglass posted at 1:05 am on Fri, Mar 6, 2015.

    tommglass Posts: 49

    When a person purchases a new vehicle, first he should do a test with it to see if the car is in a perfect condition. Some people got scammed and bought a damaged car. Also, if that person knows something about cars, he should check it thoroughly, to see if the engine is OK, if it has all the parts, including the Paducah stainless steel coupler.

  • tommglass posted at 2:37 am on Thu, Mar 5, 2015.

    tommglass Posts: 49

    This is a great opportunity for the auto dealers to sell their cars. Some smart ones prefer to advertise their business using the dealer decals from fixing them on the back end of the cars which will be sold.

  • loopkelly posted at 4:49 am on Wed, Feb 25, 2015.

    loopkelly Posts: 36

    Although it is great for charity, students shouldn't drive new cars. Instead the used cars in Charlotte, NC are a better alternative for them because students aren't experienced drivers. Also, a recent study showed that students are often involved in car accidents.


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