The Dr. George Charity Car Show drew nearly 10,000 people to see 1,000 vehicles, from exotic sports cars to classic hot rods. And these enthusiasts raised an impressive $80,000 to benefit the Desert Cancer Foundation.
One of the largest one-day car events on the West Coast, it’s held in honor of the late Dr. Sebastian George, a co-founder of the Desert Cancer Foundation.
“We look forward to honoring Dr. George every year at this event,” said Ross McMullin, the president of the Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association, the organizer of the car show. “Since the show started with 30 cars on display, it is tremendously rewarding to see it as it is today.”
Celebrity guest speakers included Allen Grant, a legendary Shelby American team race car driver, who brought his Lola MK6 GT to the show. The car, which he’s owned for more than 50 years, was a prototype of only three ever built. It is worth about $20 million and was featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage” in 2017.
Other special guests included Peter Brock, designer of the 1963 Corvette Stingray and the Shelby Daytona Coupe; Jim McGee, the winningest chief mechanic and team manager in Indy car history; and John Kraman, a Mecum Auctions commentator.
New to the show this year was the kids’ Pedal Race. Looking adorable in their mini race cars, adorned in racing attire, the young drivers from the local YMCA and YWCA, who were no older than five, bristled with excitement as they waited for the race to begin.
The highlight of the car show was the awards. Nearly 30 trophies were presented, with “The Best in Show” going to Frank McCrory of Tucson, Ariz., for his 1949 Chevrolet Convertible, sponsored by Dave and Millie Browne.
“We are so appreciative to PSCA for their hard work, love and support of our mission,” said Desert Cancer Foundation Executive Director Sarah Bryant. “There is no other organization in the valley that does what DCF does, and as the biggest fundraiser for us we are so very grateful to the volunteers, participants, attendees, former patients, supporters, and sponsors who all make this possible.”
This year’s sponsors included Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the El Paseo Cruise Night auto auction, HUB International, Honda of The Desert, Toyota of The Desert, Mecum Auctions, Acme Moving & Storage, Hagerty Collector and Classic Car Insurance, Meguiar’s, Homewood Suites by Hilton La Quinta, Holiday Inn Express Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley Ford dealers. Hosts included the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the City of Indian Wells.
For more than 20 years, the Desert Cancer Foundation has provided financial support to more than 8,100 local residents undergoing cancer treatment and care. The Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association has now donated $927,000 through the Dr. George Charity Car Show.
For information on the Desert Cancer Foundation, visit desertcancerfoundation.org. And for information on Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association and the Dr. George Charity Car Show, visit palmspringscruisinassociation.com.
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