For some, the cars deliver great memories
Published : Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 4:49 AM
On Father’s Day, families can treat Dad to a Sunday that brings together cars and art with the 18th Annual Pasadena Police Car Show.
The Car Show takes place alongside the Chalk Festival, which each year draws more people to Pasadena, said Michael Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Center Operating Company.
“It’s gotten bigger and bigger and there are a lot of artists who come in from around the area but they do come in and stay,” Ross said. “And with the Car Show on Sunday, the Police do a wonderful job. It’s been a staple in Pasadena for years and years along with the Chalk Festival on Father’s Day. You have a lot of activities going on here between Colorado and Green Street.”
Auto enthusiasts will celebrate classic cars ranging from hot convertibles to surf-style “woodies.”
Officer Christian Allen of the Pasadena Police Department Community Services Section said the Car Show has a special place in the community for several reasons. Proceeds support the local youngsters.
“The car show supports our youth programs,” Allen said. “And we’re grateful for the support we receive every year.”
Fond Memories for Retired Pasadena Detective and his Coronet
But there are few car enthusiasts who are more happy to get out there and chat with the public as Ted Saraf, retired Pasadena Police Detective and owner of a cherry 1968 Police Dodge Coronet.
“I’m proud to show it,” Saraf said. “I want to show the young people who see the fancy cars in pursuit on TV shows, they wonder what my car is. They say ‘What is this?’ It’s an all-steel police car. It’s the real deal.”
Saraf said there are fond memories attached to the car.
“There’s a lot of reasons why the Car Show is a great event,” he said. “For me it’s the fact that I can show my 1968 Dodge Coronet, that was the first car I drove when I was a brand new officer back in 1968.
“I was always impressed with the car,” he said. “It had no power steering and no power brakes but it was fast and was classified as a ‘Police Muscle Car.’ And this is an actual police package, it’s not a clone.”
Saraf Made a Texas Trip to Find his Coronet
Saraf said he wanted to get a hold of one of those Coronets that he remembered so fondly and found one about 45 miles outside of Dallas. It had been in a barn and hadn’t been driven in a long time.
But he worked on the car happily, knowing that his restoration could bring back former glory. After all, Saraf said, in the day, the Coronet was one of the fastest cars on the market on a high-turnover assignment in police work.
“With police cars, you drive ‘em hard and you drive ‘em fast so engines have a lot of wearing and tearing and crashing,” he said. “But I still have the original transmission.”
Car collecting and restoration to car show quality can be a serious passion.
“I have a friend who has a Chevy ConvertIble and she has invested $250,00 into her car.
But when it comes down to it, the Car Show gives people an opportunity to get together and talk.
“People like to revisit their teen years when these cars were popular,” Saraf said. “You talk about your car and people will ask you ‘What kind of engine do you have?’ or ‘How much money did it cost?’ or, ‘Who did your paint job?’ It’s just fun to talk about cars.”
Pasadena Police Car Show is Sunday, June 16, and Pasadena Chalk Festival takes place Saturday June 15th and Sunday, June 16th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Paseo, 300 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-9100, www. thepaseopasadena.com