Fallbrook Vintage Car Club president Roy Moosa has a signature line that he uses to promote the organization’s signature event, the Fallbrook Vintage Car Show, which will be held this Sunday, May 28 at Pala Mesa Resort.
“It is the longest continuously-running car show west of the Mississippi,” states Moosa proudly of the 52-year-old event. Moosa then adds, “Come and look at all the cars that you used to own and wish you never sold.”
Doug Allen, chair of the 2017 show, said the event will showcase nearly 500 classic cars, including nine DeLoreans, the featured vehicle this year. The DeLorean is known for its stylish gull-wing doors, clean design and stainless steel body panels.
“The feature cars always attract the most attention, but different people like different things,” said Allen. “We have both stock, which is vintage cars in their original factory condition, and then we have modified too, so we have roadsters and highly-modified cars.
“And we’ll have approximately 25 Brass Era vehicles (dating) from about 1898 to 1914,” continued Allen. “So, there’s something for everybody.”
The Fallbrook Vintage Car Show is a free event (no fee for parking or admission) and will be held rain or shine from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to an amazing display of cars, the show features vendors hawking everything from automotive parts to jewelry to tempting food and drink, as well as free musical entertainment and a children’s play area.
Allen said a new attraction at this year’s show is Restoration Road.
“It’s a row of vendors offering strictly car-related products or services,” said Allen of Restoration Road. “There will be demonstrations and displays. It’s a new feature this year that may grow in the future to be one of the bigger aspects of the show.”
Allen listed Rusted Gold, Oceanside Driveline, Olympic Coatings, and Alan Taylor Company, Inc. as some of the companies that will be represented on Restoration Road.
Allen said the show’s traditional Swap Meet will host more than 60 vendors offering a wide range of products and services. The Fallbrook Vintage Car Club will have a merchandise booth where it will sell souvenir car show posters, coffee mugs and t-shirts as well as give out information about the club.
Allen said the estimated crowd at last year’s car show was 15,000, and that’s why he encourages people to arrive early. The car show will officially get started at 9:30 a.m. with a military flyover.
“We’ll have T-34s do a flyover during the national anthem, which will be performed by the Fallbrook High School band,” said Allen.
Early birds can partake in a pancake breakfast, sip some coffee, or get the old eyelids lifted with one of Pala Mesa’s famous Bloody Marys.
“They seem to sell a lot of Bloody Marys in the morning,” said Allen. “Last year, they had to replenish their Bloody Mary mix three times.”
While sausages and hot dogs and barbecue pork sandwiches are traditional food favorites at the car show, attendees also have the option of dining in Pala Mesa’s Aqua Terra Restaurant.
Adults can also visit the Beer and Wine Garden that Pala Mesa sets up for the car show. The Beer and Wine Garden is located behind the entertainment stage, where Fleetwood Max! – San Diego’s finest Fleetwood Mac Tribute – will perform three one-hour sets beginning at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The children’s play area will feature plenty of games and activities for kids, including bounce houses, as well as some sweets – namely ice cream from Baskin-Robbins.
The show’s awards ceremony – when owners of vehicles earning honors are presented with plaques – will take place on the entertainment stage following Fleetwood Max!’s final set (approximately 3:30 p.m.).
The Fallbrook Vintage Car Club uses the proceeds from the car show to help local non-profit organizations. “We help a lot of different groups,” said Allen.
For more information about the car show or the car club, visit www.fallbrookvintagecarclub.org.