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Vroom! Vroom! Catch the Pasadena Police Department’s 20th Annual Car Show Saturday at Centennial Square

Published on Jun 16, 2022

Over 100 cool cars will show off their polished looks at the Pasadena Police Department Annual Car Show on Saturday, June 18, at Centennial Square in front of the Pasadena City Hall.

Held in conjunction with the Pasadena Chalk Festival at the Paseo, the Police Department’s Car Show is an annual fundraising event, with proceeds benefiting local youth programs affiliated with the Police Department, such as the Pasadena PAL (Police Activities League) and the Pasadena Police Explorer program.

After being put on hold for a year because of COVID-19, the car show made its comeback return last September.

“There will be new local businesses present and the variety of classic cars changes every year. Besides seeing all the cool cars, there will be music, food trucks,  raffles, and great items for auction that spectators can take part in,” said Acting Lieutenant Tim Bundy, of the Police Department’s Community Relations Section.

The raffle prizes and fun auction items include a ride-along in the police helicopter, a ride-along in a police car, a BBQ grill and a BBQ smoker, as well as many others. Huntington Health (formerly, Huntington Hospital) will also be present conducting a blood drive.

The organizers said over 100 cars have registered to be part of the car show, with more registering every day. Some of the unusual cars that people will see are a 1946 Ford Woodie, a 1931 Ford A sedan, a 1926 Ford Tudor sedan, a 1923 Ford T-Bucket, and a historic police car – a 1968 Dodge Coronet, Bundy said.

“Members of the public should attend so they can admire the classic cars, enjoy good food, bid on fun prizes, support Huntington Hospital with a blood donation, spend a beautiful 76-degree day outside, and support programs that contribute to local youth,” he continued.

Bundy said Pasadena Police Chief Jason Clawson will open the Annual Car Show to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday. A silent auction happens throughout the event, with the winners set to be announced at around 2:30 p.m. Raffle draws will be held at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

The Pasadena Police BearCat, an armored vehicle used by the department in SWAT-situations, will be at the Car Show. Bundy said a Pasadena Police Helicopter is scheduled to be on site as well, but this will depend on the weather.

“If there’s too much marine layer or fog in the early morning, the helicopter will not be able to safely fly,” he said. “We won’t know for sure until that morning.”

The event is a fundraiser for community programs operated by the police.

The Pasadena Police Department’s Pasadena PAL program is a youth crime-prevention program that makes use of educational, athletic and recreational activities to promote a positive bond between police officers and community youth. The program has had over 4,000 members served since its inception, and has approximately 100 members on the active roster annually.

Pasadena’s Police Explorer Program provides young men and women, ages 14 to 21, an opportunity to work with officers and employees of the Police Department and their community, and possibly continue towards a career in law enforcement.

Members of the Police Explorer program get rank advancement and personal recognition, and are trained in skills required in all kinds of police-related work. Volunteers can also get educational assistance towards college as part of the program.

Several local businesses, like Basecamp Fitness and Crown City Tire, will also have booths at the Car Show.

The Pasadena Police Department Car Show is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call Jasmine Thomas at the Police Department, (626) 744-7657.

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