This Saturday the parking lot of at Winchester boulevard in Campbell will be the site of a car show featuring all sorts of new and old models.
The event is a fundraiser for the (CVMF), who will be using the proceeds for the building of a memorial in downtown Campbell, to the east side of City Hall, that will honor all American veterans, as well those who are currently serving in the U.S military.
“This is going to be a memorial that honors all veterans of all wars,” says , president of the CVMF and a Vietnam War Veteran. “If you served in the US military or one of the major conflicts, we will honor you with one of the bricks that are going to go in the main plaza area of the memorial.”
The memorial will cost approximately $650,000 and more than $100,000 have already been raised, according to the CVMF’s website.
Roughly 200 automobiles are expected to participate at this event. The vehicle requirements for participation are quite flexible and the car registration costs $30.
“We are not putting any restrictions in the kind of cars that are being shown,” Free says. “If somebody has a nice car and would like to come in and display it for the day they are welcomed to do so.”
This accessible approach means that there will be a wide variety of both classic and new cars for attendees to admire. The oldest vehicles shown are expected to be from as far back as the 1920’s, while some of the newest models will be from this last decade.
“You will see cars as old as a 1926 Ford and as new as 2007 Mustang Shelby GT500,” said Derek Schneider, an organizer at the car show and an investment specialist from the Bay Area Equity Group, the local business that is underwriting the expenses of the event. “So the range is all there.”
On November 11 the CVMF will have a dedication ceremony for the first of of two phases expected to finish memorial. The car show will also be used as a promotions vehicle for the CVMF.
“As a whole we just hope it is going to be a success” Free says.
The organization wants to raise money, but also to let people know about their project.
“To help get the word out to the community at large… about who we are what we are doing and trying to achieve," he says.
The beautiful aesthetics of carefully designed cars will not be the only form of entertainment tomorrow. A barbecue, live music by The Rippin Band, a bouncy house, face painting, a balloon clown, special trophies for displayed cars and raffles for restaurant certificates and bicycles will also be present at the event.
What: Car Show Fundraiser
Where in Campbell: 1799 Winchester Blvd. #100
When: Aug. 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For what: Veterans Memorial
What to expect: Cars, live music, barbecue, raffles, face painting, balloon clown and bouncy house