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Let me sit behind the wheel for a few minutes

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

YUCAIPA, CA – I’m jealous and green with envy. Rick Burian has one. Joe Edmonds has one. And if only I could have foreseen the future, I’d have one too.

Rick and Joe are the proud owners of vintage Chevy Bel-Airs. Rick’s black beauty is a ’56 Nomad, while Joe tools around Yucaipa in his ’56 two door, two-tone, brown with white trim that turns heads up and down Yucaipa Boulevard.

Now this is where I start crying.

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Gettin’ your kicks on Route 66

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Photos of the 2007 Route 66 Rendezvous in downtown San Bernardino, California.
By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF – For car enthusiasts, 1,900 pre-1974 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, and customs will be on display and cruising the streets of downtown San Bernardino this weekend for the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous.

The event, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, attracts about 500,000 car enthusiasts annually. But this year marks a milestone, as the Rendezvous celebrates its 20th anniversary.

There’s plenty of fun for everyone – including music, historical trucks on display, children’s activities, fire fighter competition, BMX stunt show, cook-off competition, and much more. And visitors can wander amongst the hundreds of classic cars and trucks on display and talk with some of the proud owners.

The Rendezvous culminates with the Parade of Champions Cruise on Sunday, starting at 12 p.m. noon.

If you’re in Southern California, or can hop on a plane, come to San Bernardino and join in the fun.

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Classic car owners support Garden of Angels

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Photos By Bob Otto / Freelance Writer & Photographer

YUCAIPA, CA – About 150 vintage cars filled the upper grassy knoll at Yucaipa Regional Park on Sunday. Car clubs from throughout Southern California showed off their classic cars and trucks at the annual Garden of Angels Car Show to help raise money for a worthy cause.

Garden of Angels / Safe Surrender for Newborns, a non-profit organization founded and headed by Debi Faris of Yucaipa in 1996, provides a final resting place for newborns who have been abandoned, died as a result, and have gone unclaimed.

Faris claims the bodies and honors the babies by giving them a dignified burial in the The Garden of Angels area of Desert Lawn Cemetery.

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