The unselfish side of classic car and hot rod shows

The unselfish side of classic car and hot rod shows

Sometimes as a car enthusiast, the hobby can feel a bit selfish if not totally self-centered.

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Arizona Rod and Classic Car Club show at Steele Indian School Park | Photos by Nicole James

Sometimes as a car enthusiast, the hobby can feel a bit selfish if not totally self-centered. Think about it, you spend all this time getting and maintaining or even restoring your car so you can be the best in show or fastest on the track. Your car is a reflection of you and your interests. It’s a representation of all your hard work, blood, sweat and tears—and checkbook.

While this hobby can be all about “you,”what often is overlooked is the amount of charity contributions the average enthusiast makes. From prestigious Concours d’Elegance to local cruise-ins, it is car owners who take home the trophies, but it is charities that often get the money from entry fees or various donations.

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1932 Ford Roadster on display

Recently, the Arizona Rod and Classic Car Club hosted a show at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The organization itself is a non-profit dedicated to making the community a better place. For more than 20 years, the club has dedicated itself to charity and to bring together people who own or are interested in owning, restoring, showing or otherwise being associated with street rods and classic cars.

The club has fed the homeless, provided for needy families, distributed backpacks and school supplies for disadvantaged children, and contributed school uniform shirts to several elementary schools.

Despite weather that threatened rain, classic car owners of all makes, models, and years made it out to the show staged to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Does your car club hold shows to support local charities? If so, why not tell us about your club and the charities it supports in the Share your commentssection below?

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