Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show
Annual Boys Republic Benefit

The Boys Republic in Chino Hills hosted it’s 11th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen fundraising event and car show the first weekend of June. The event was one of the tops on the list of iDriveSoCal’s Professor’s Awesome Auto Show Month of June! It may be news to you that the school for troubled teens not only hosts one of the biggest and best car shows in Southern California each year – but the show’s namesake comes from one of it’s very own alumni. Hear all the details in iDriveSoCal Podcast.

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Recording date – June 6, 2018 at in Los Angeles, CA

Clinton Quan: Every year for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show, there is a theme, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the movie Bullit. It’s for a great cause, there’s a number of vehicles. I’ve never seen so many green Bullit Mustangs before. Always at the Boys Republic. It’s the biggest car show out there in inland empire

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with our good pal, the professor, Mr Clinton Quan. Say hello Clinton.

Clinton Quan: Hi Tom.

Tom Smith: Hello. Hello. Thank you so much for joining us again and my friend. We are covering, this is the inaugural coverage podcast of the Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. The Professors Awesome Auto Show June. We’re excited to bring this month of June and awesome auto shows to you guys. And in this first one that the professor hit, he just shared something with me that I wasn’t aware of. And so the first show is the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. And the significance of this one, and I did not know this, but most of us know Steve McQueen as the race car driver, movie star, motorcycle guy, Bullit, the chase scene, whatnot. But this event is at the boys’ Republic in Chino Hills, which is a school for troubled kids that actually Steve McQueen himself attended. And this is a big annual fundraiser that they do. So, it’s all wrapped around entire weekend to raise money for the troubled kids school. But I didn’t know that tie in of the event, that was very cool. So professor, sorry to steal the thunder on that one, but I know you’re so focused on the cars themselves when you go to these shows oftentimes, that some of the sidebar things that it’s about, like, I’m like, dude, really? I didn’t know that. That’s really cool. So that is a really cool thing. But so, the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show has been going on for how long?

Clinton Quan: This is the 11th year for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show.

Tom Smith: Okay. And now Steve McQueen, the movie Bullit it’s the 50th anniversary.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: So that was the theme of this year’s car show?

Clinton Quan: Correct. So every year for the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show, there is a theme, and usually there’s a movie that’s tied into the car show.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And this year, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the movie Bullit. And for those of you who have watched the movie Bullit, you know that is one of the greatest car chase scenes of all time. Whether you’re talking about a classic movie or a modern movie.

Tom Smith: Right.

Clinton Quan: And if you look up the best car chase scenes, it doesn’t matter what list you look on, that’s usually in the top 10, if not the top five.

Tom Smith: I think we talked about this before. I definitely have not seen the movie. And because I haven’t seen the movie-

Clinton Quan: It is a must see, just for the car chase.

Tom Smith: Just for the car.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, it’s that cool.

Tom Smith: It’s on the to-do list. I’ll have to check, I think I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. Which neither are sponsors, by the way. But Netflix and Amazon Prime, I’m not sure if it’s on either. But I know the car chase is so iconic, because I don’t know, just living, breathing, and consuming media and whatnot. But I’ve seen the car chase in partially redone and commercials and stuff. I mean, I know it’s been around forever.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: But I can’t be alone in not seeing the movie, but just kind of like knowing it from an arm’s length right?

Clinton Quan: Oh, I’m sure, yeah. I’m sure there’s a lot of people who haven’t seen it either.

Tom Smith: So at any rate, it’s the 11th year for the overall event, yeah, the event, which is a two day event, right?

Clinton Quan: Well, there’s a dinner on Friday night.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: But the car show is only on Saturday.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: So, that’s the big event, the car show.

Tom Smith: But unlike some of these other car shows, this one is very affordable to get into. $10 to go in.

Clinton Quan: $10 for adults and it’s free for kids.

Tom Smith: And but then they’re raising money for the school for troubled kids. For the Boys Republic.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: All around it, such as the dinner before. And then also a silent auction, and raffles and that kind of thing.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: So I mean that’s I guess the thing that I really want to highlight here is that it’s for a really good cause.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: A really good cause.

Clinton Quan: It’s for a great cause, and it’s the biggest event that they put on.

Tom Smith: Sure, and that makes sense.

Clinton Quan: During the year.

Tom Smith: So, and it’s the 11th year, the 50th anniversary of Bullit. Tell us about it. I saw, we just scrolled through some of the pictures. There are some really cool old antique motorcycles., an airplane even. Tell us about what else was there.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, as you mentioned motorcycles. I didn’t take any other photos of motorcycles other than that one.

Tom Smith: That one, okay. So if anybody’s going-

Clinton Quan: But it is actually called a motorcycle show as well.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And there are lots of motorcycles at the event.

Tom Smith: Okay. And if you go to, iDriveSoCal.com and check out this post, this podcasts posts, there will be the one picture of a motorcycle.

Clinton Quan: Well, I’m more into the cars. So I definitely took a lot of photos.

Tom Smith: It was a cool motorcycle for sure.

Clinton Quan: Yes it was.

Tom Smith: But anyway.

Clinton Quan: But my two favorite cars were definitely the Aston Martin DB5’s, and they were just absolutely gorgeous. So I took a number of photos of those two vehicles, and it was very close to the stage.

Tom Smith: Your two favorite cars at the show.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, they were both-

Tom Smith: Were the same make and model.

Clinton Quan: Same make and model.

Tom Smith: Same year?

Clinton Quan: Different colors. I don’t know, there wasn’t a sign there for it.

Tom Smith: You really like to mix it up, huh?

Clinton Quan: Yeah. So I don’t know if it was the exact same year.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: It could have been off by a year.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: They were just absolutely gorgeous. And yeah.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Aston Martin DB5.

Tom Smith: So-

Clinton Quan: But there’s a number of vehicles. There are lots of a Bullit Mustangs. I’ve never seen so many green Bullit Mustangs before.

Tom Smith: Right.

Clinton Quan: A number of Porsches, new and classic Porsches, and a number of other vehicles. Audi R8, there’s Ferrari’s. So there’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

Tom Smith: So it was a mix.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: It was the old, the new, the antique.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Oh, also movie cars. They had had the car from Knight Rider.

Tom Smith: No kidding.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Really?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: That’s cool. Did it talk to you?

Clinton Quan: It did talk, yes. It did say something, I can’t remember. I don’t remember exactly what it said, but yeah.

Tom Smith: All right, excellent.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: What else about this Friends of Steve McQueen 50th anniversary theme, 11th anniversary of the actual event?

Clinton Quan: Yeah. It’s the 11th year.

Tom Smith: 50th anniversary of Bullit theme. 11th anniversary of this particular event.

Clinton Quan: Yes. So there’s also the big raffle drawing which they do every hour, almost throughout the entire show. Well, let’s see, I think it was 9:00 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.

Tom Smith: And it’s for a really, really good cause.

Clinton Quan: Yes. It’s for a really good cause. So they sell a lot of raffle tickets. They also have a huge silent auction in the tennis court.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And my son got the Marvel Avengers gift pack.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: So he was super excited about that.

Tom Smith: Nice.

Clinton Quan: And that’s always a big part of the event, the silent auction.

Tom Smith: So that’s the 11th annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. Next year will be the 12th annual, and as the professor pointed out, it is the first week of June.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Usually.

Clinton Quan: First Saturday of June.

Tom Smith: first Saturday of June. And obviously always at the Boys Republic because-

Clinton Quan: Always at the Boys Republic.

Tom Smith: Because it’s raising money for that very, very good cause. I didn’t know that.

Clinton Quan: It’s the biggest car show out there in inland empire, Chino, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County.

Tom Smith: And this one will have some pics of Clinton and his son as well.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: And you will see that they’re in t-shirt, jeans, and ball caps. So not every car show that Clinton goes to he has a suit or sport coat on with a Fedora, or writing cap of some sort.

Clinton Quan: Well this is not a concord show.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: So it’s not a competition of elegance.

Tom Smith: Hey, you got to dress appropriately.

Clinton Quan: Yes. I dress for the car show.

Tom Smith: You gotta love that about the professor. Okay, Clinton Quan, the professor. Thank you so much, as always. That was our inaugural podcast on the, this is our First Annual Professor Quan’s Awesome Automotive Show June.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Might have to work on that a little bit. For iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. Thank you for listening.