17th Annual Toys for Tots Car Show

img_2739aBy Paul Hinkle | Contributed

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Pontiacs of Central California car club held its annual Toys for Tots Car Show. The show was held in the parking lot in front of Toys ‘R’ Us, located on Shaw Avenue in Clovis. Many arrived early, picked out their parking spots and walked to Yosemite Falls Cafe for breakfast and a cup of coffee to start out the day. The Pontiac Club also provided free coffee, donuts and delicious cupcakes from the Cupcake Bakery. Within a short time, the parking lot filled as cars kept arriving. Some of the finest cars in the valley turned out for this charity event. Entry for this event was an unwrapped toy worth at least $10.

The Marine Association was on hand to welcome everyone and provide the presentation of colors while the National Anthem was played. Santa was on hand as well to share Christmas cheer with everyone. Throughout the day, many children visited with Santa to make sure he knew exactly what they wanted for Christmas.

The entrants took the greater part of the morning picking their choice for one of the 12 different class awards. It is not an easy task to pick the best among all the nice cars, trucks and motorcycles.


Santa’s Favorite Sleigh – Dennis Melkonian 1919 ‘C’ Cab, Mrs. Claus’ Favorite Sleigh – Alex Lett 1942 Chevy G506, Best Chrysler – Frank Furtan 1962 Dodge Police Car, Best GM – Roger Phillips 1969 Chevy Camaro, Best Ford – Rick Moore 1955 Ford F-100, Best Import – Paul Hinkle 1948 Thames, Best Stock – Mike King 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, Best Custom – Charley Johnson 1932 Ford T Bucket, Best Antique – Joe Cluff 1927 Ford TT Truck, Best Engine – Don Wagner 1965 Chevelle, Best Interior – Gary Graham 1949 Chevy Convertible, Best Paint – Dennis Melkonian 1928 Ford Model A.

This was a great year for Toys for Tots. Generous car owners donated nearly 200 toys plus almost $1,800 in cash that will be used to buy additional toys for Valley children in need. The Pontiacs of Central California car club would like to thank everyone for making this another successful event.


November 18-20 – Goodguys 19th Southwest Nationals, Scottsdale AZ.

December 3 – The 7th Annual Toys for Tots, Clovis VW

December 10 – Mooneyes Xmas Party Show & Drags, Irwindale

January 27-29 – 67th Grand National Roadster Show, Pomona

February 11-15 – Annual Dr. George Car Show, Palm Springs

February 17-19 – Sacramento Autorama, Sacramento

March 2-5 – March Meet, Famoso

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