Car show, boutique benefits veterans at Hemet Elks Club

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Classic, custom and antique show cars line the parking lot at Hemet Elks Lodge 1740, located at 1305 W. Florida Ave., for the Elks’ Car Show and Boutique, Saturday, Nov. 2. Tony Ault photos

Tony Ault
Staff Writer  

Shiny classics, antique and custom cars lined the Hemet Elks Club parking lot Saturday, Nov. 2, with drivers and club members showing their support for local veterans and active duty soldiers across the world serving our nation. 

The proceeds from the car show, boutique, barbecue and raffles sponsored by Hemet Elks Lodge 1740 and Auxiliary will support the Elks’ veterans program. 

The 27 classic car owners began rolling their entries into the Elks’ parking lot at 1305 W. Florida Ave. about 11 a.m. in hopes of winning one of the six trophies from this year’s car show. 

Previous Elks’ car show winner Michael Landino with his 1969 Chevy Z28 took the Best Custom Trophy for a second year, while Al Winterer with his completely restored 1932 Oldsmobile Deluxe Coupe with golf clubs included won Best of Show trophy, Jim Richardson with his 1932 Ford Pickup took the People’s Choice award and Rod Cravens and his hot 1965 Ford Mustang fastback received the first-place custom car prize. 

“It was an eclectic show this year,” Trish Ijzerman, car show coordinator from Lodge 1740 Ladies Auxiliary, said. “It was the sixth year for the show that the public is invited to come. 

“We wanted to have it earlier this year because it was too hot last year. The show is to raise money for our veteran’s program, and we are also having a food drive for the veterans and all the food will be going to March (Reserve) Air Force Base’s Veteran’s Services,” she said.

She said the Auxiliary was selling cakes, the lodge veterans were in charge of the car show and the more than a dozen raffle prizes. 

The boutique offered 12 vendors booths selling many gifts. The Elks Club Bar was open to adults for beverages. A hot dog or hamburger lunch was available for $5, as it is every Saturday at the Hemet Elks. 

Information about Hemet Elks Lodge 1740 and membership opportunities is available by calling (951) 925-1740 or email hemetelks@verizon.net

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.