Once a year the Southern California classic, muscle car, and hot rod communities descend upon the Orange County Fairgrounds to attend the Cruisin’ for a Cure Charity Car Show. Benefitting the City of Hope Foundation and raising money to fund Prostate Cancer research, this car show is the largest charity classic/custom auto show in the world and had over 3,400 cars in attendance for 2012. But this car show is more than just a fundraiser; it is a place to celebrate the automotive lifestyle. To help embrace this lifestyle, the show has more than just the normal rows of parked cars. Weaving throughout the show grounds is a half-mile long “Cruisin’” route that allows owners to fire up their rides and take part in one of the staples of American car culture – cruising.
The eclectic gathering of cars is also truly impressive at this show. Restored classics, hot rods, rat rods, classic muscle cars, modern muscle cars, one-off customs, dragsters, and even monster trucks – every facet of the culture is represented.
The Hedman Performance Group was also well represented at this event. At our booth we had a variety of different products on display including our PerfectMatch powder coated engine accessories, all different versions of our headers, and many of the products in our Hamburger’s Performance line of accessories.
The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow were on hand demonstrating their skills tearing down and building up a GM small block. These high school kids have dedicated a lot of time learning some serious mechanical skills and compete annually to see who the fastest team in the country is. Programs like these are a great way to introduce a whole new generation to the joys of hot rodding.
Gary “Chopit” Fioto from Chopit Kustoms brought out his wild bubble-top car, the Beatnik. You would be hard pressed to tell, but this bubbly, curvy, purple rod actually started life as a 55 Ford. This car definitely attracts a lot of attention. Though its looks may not be for everyone, you can’t help but appreciate the effort and time put in to this car’s transformation.
Scott “Lucky” Hudson brought out his 9-second ’66 Chevy Nova helping to promote the Hedman Husler brand in the Currie rear end booth. Besides the Nova, Lucky had on display a variety of racing headers from a standard long tube style to a set of Top-Fuel Zoomies.
The “Voodoo Child” is a 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger owned by Steven Twilligear. Built as pure drag racer, Steve wanted big power but needed to keep the weight down. So rather than the traditional big block most MOPAR guys would go for, Steve instead opted for a 440 cubic inch small block that makes 690 horsepower which helps propel his Dart down the quarter mile in 9.7 seconds.
Vic Wood, our VP of Sales and Marketing, brought out his wild ’64 Chevy C10 pickup. This flat-black beast is sporting a 400 cubic inch Dart small block with a BDS blower making a whopping 657 horsepower exiting through a set of Hedman headers. On top of his duties with Hedman, Vic is also the Crew Chief for the Lil’ Nate Fuel Altered dragster that was on display at the show.
We had a great time at the Cruisin’ for a Cure Charity Car Show and can’t wait for next year’s show. Make sure to check out the gallery below for even more photos from the event.