The setting was perfect for the 24th Annual San Clemente Car Show. It was a beautiful and sunny Saturday in Southern California, especially in Southern Orange County. With school now out, everyone is getting together with their family and friends, and doing the activities that they love. Ah, summertime is finally here.
We decided to head to OC for the Annual San Clemente Car Show. You may remember that we gave this event a special shout-out a couple of weeks ago as a part of our best summer car shows podcast Awesome Auto Show June. It’s just that cool.
The Downtown Business Association has been hosting the event, and it’s no wonder why it’s such a success. It’s near the water in historic downtown San Clemente, the cars that they showcase are incredible, there are live music and food vendors, and it’s just a really fun time for everyone.
This event displayed 300 show cars, from classic to exotic, including vintage trailers to tour.
This event displayed 300 show cars, from classic to exotic, including vintage trailers to tour. I must admit, I was just a little jealous of those who actually got to drive these classics back in the day. But, thanks to car collectors and great shows like this, we can still appreciate and admire these cars years later.
We had the chance to talk with some of the nice participants for the day, including Dennis Sechrest from Carlsbad, California.
The 1954 Chevy Convertible at the San Clemente Car Show
iDriveSoCal: Dennis, why did you attend this car show?
Dennis Sechrest: It’s a great show, and there’s a lot of interesting cars here.
iDSC: What are you showcasing here today?
DS: I brought my 1954 Chevy Convertible.
iDSC: Tell us what makes this vehicle special. It’s beautiful.
This is an old school car – it’s what kids drove when I was in High School.
DS: Well, it’s a frame off. Everything has been rebuilt on it. The motor has two carburetors, and I changed the shift down to the floor. It’s got wire wheels and white walls. It has a Smithy exhaust, which old school. This is an old school car – it’s what kids drove when I was in High School.
Dennis wasn’t the only one who was feeling nostalgic. Scott Daniels from Orange County, California brought his 1967 El Camino to the show.
The 1967 El Camino at the San Clemente Car Show
iDriveSoCal: Tell us why this car is so special to you, Scott.
When I retired, the first thing I bought was a 1967 El Camino, because I always wanted one.
Scott Daniels: Well, 1967 was the year I got my driver’s license. It was the car that I wanted, but it’s not the car my parents helped me get. I got a 1962 Volkswagen instead, which was a lot less expensive. When I retired, the first thing I bought was a 1967 El Camino, because I always wanted one.
The 1947 Kenskill Teardrop Trailer
The 1967 El Camino wasn’t the only eye-catching surprise that Daniels brought with him.
SD: I was originally invited to bring my trailer by the person that puts on the car show. She saw my trailer and asked if I’d like to come to the show, and I said that I would love to.
iDSC: That is very cool. Can you tell us a little about it?
I believe they only made these trailers in 1947 and 1948. There’s probably only a dozen or so left.
SD: It’s a 1947 teardrop trailer. It’s a Kenskill, and it’s very rare. They didn’t make very many of them back in the day. I believe they only made these trailers in 1947 and 1948. There’s probably only a dozen or so left.
iDSC: Wow, so you have something really unique here- and can you tell us about the bicycle in the back?
SD: That bicycle is a 1977 Schwinn. I wanted to start restoring things, and the bicycle was the first thing that I restored.
As we continued to walk around the car show, there was another classic that caught our eyes- a 1971 Camaro that belonged to Richard Thomas of Corona, California.
The 1971 Camaro at the San Clemente Car Show
iDriveSoCal: Tell us why the 1971 Camaro is a special vehicle, Richard.
I’ve always liked the second generation Camaros over the first generation.
Richard Thomas: Well, I’ve always liked the second generation Camaros over the first generation.
iDSC: Simple as that. What do you think of this car show?
RT: It’s great. My daughter lives right down the street, so I’ve been here before without my car. It’s always a good show.
Elizabeth Williams from Laguna Niguel, Orange County came to the show mainly to support her husband, but she echoed Richard’s sentiments.
iDriveSoCal: What brings you out here today, Elizabeth?
Elizabeth Williams: I’m here because my husband loves cars (laughs.) But it’s a really great show. It’s nice being around positive people, down by the beach, and having good food to eat. It just a great environment.
As the day went on we continued to peruse and talk to the proud car-owners who had been at the event since the early hours of the morning- some arriving as early as 6AM. That’s true dedication, folks.
This was a wonderful event, and we’re sure that next year will not disappoint. If you are in Southern California and you’re able to make it to the 25th Annual San Clemente Car Show, we highly recommend you go. Be sure to keep an eye on their website HERE to stay up to date!