By Jon Konjoyan
A gorgeous summer night and a free event was the right combination to ensure a huge turnout for the Downtown Burbank Car Classic on July 28. Car-loving Jay Leno served as Honorary Grand Marshall and renowned jazz pianist and composer David Benoit performed. The summer event takes the place of the annual “Be-Boppin’ in the Park” car show which is cancelled this year.
About 200 restored and pre-1974 sports cars and bikes, exotics, cruisers, and hot rods, from Ferraris and Cadillacs to custom Mustangs, Camaros, and Harleys packedSan Fernando Roadbetween the Media Center Mall andOlive Avenue. Among the energy drink stands and classic car insurance booths were rarities like a 1955 Hudson Italia and a Ghia show car. Awards were presented for various vehicle categories.
A flag ceremony marked the start of the afternoon’s festivities, followed by an airborne salute featuring vintage aircraft. A comedy show sponsored by Flappers Comedy Club and music by a cappella singers The Alley Cats followed. Many of downtown Burbank’s restaurants including Market City Café and Gordon Biersch participated in the occasion by offering special menus. For more information on the event, go to www.downtownburbankcarclassic.com/about.html.