“This is a car town!” exclaimed Councilman, Bob Frutos, at the recent August 20 Burbank City Council meeting. Frutos’ declaration occurred during council comments about the very successful “Downtown Burbank Car Classic” on San Fernando Boulevard, between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue, last July. Frutos is right. For proof, look at the popularity of car shows in the Media City.
Yesterday, crowds were drawn to the Community Chevrolet lot at 200 West Olive Avenue for the “All Chevy Vintage Car Show.” More than a 100 carefully preserved Chevys were on display for visitors to ogle. Food, music, and awards were added into the mix. Proceeds benefited the non-profit animal rescue group, The Mutt Scouts. The San Fernando Valley region of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America organized the show.
One of the longest running car shows in B-town, is over at the landmark Bob’s Big Boy at 4211 West Riverside Drive. Every Friday night, the parking lot is jammed with hot vehicles, motorcycles, the proud owners, and tons of spectators.
My favorite car show is the now defunct “Be-Boppin’ in the Park” event held on a series of blocked off streets in Magnolia Park. Magnolia Boulevard small business owner, Tina Van Curen, says, “It was a good thing.” for the area. However, that car show got hijacked to the downtown Burbank area.
Meanwhile, the momentum is growing among some businesses and shop owners to organize another street event around a car show. Van Curen, who has owned the Autobooks Aerobooks bookstore for the past six years and has experience organizing car events, is convinced a car show on Magnolia Boulevard will “… pay for itself”… and attract… “plenty of people.” She says what they need is a little help from the city with logistics like street closures, porta potties, and police security.
Perhaps the new city manager, Mark Scott, who has touted helping small businesses as one of his main goals, could give an assist to the Magnolia Park merchants who want to put on a new car show event.