Saturday, February 11, 2017

By Chris Clemens

Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association’s (PSCA) 15th Annual Dr. George Car Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday, February 11, 2017. This show is one of the largest one-day car events in California and the oldest car show in the Coachella Valley. This year the show will feature over 1,000 vehicles displayed on over 20 plus acres. As the main annual fundraising event held by PSCA, Desert Cancer Foundation receives 100 percent of the proceeds.

Vehicles are represented from such states as California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington and New Mexico and include classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, street rods, antiques, restored and original collectable cars, trucks and motorcycles. Some of the custom cars are worth over $100,000. The event includes a beer garden, live entertainment, and nearly 80 vendors offering food, clothing, and a variety of car related items, plus a silent auction and raffles.

Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. with categories of Top 40, these are cars selected by people who have sponsored trophies in memory of loved ones; Celebrity Pick, selected by actors Alan Grant (a famous racecar driver for Shelby, and notably a main character in Jurassic Park), Chad McQueen (Steve McQueen’s son, played roles in Karate Kid and others), and Mark Perlberg (host of The Sunday drive which airs on NBC); and Best of Show judged by the PSCA club members.

The car show is held in honor of the late Dr. Sebastian George, who was a highly regarded oncologist and co-founder of the non-profit Desert Cancer Foundation. For over 20 years, the Desert Cancer Foundation has provided financial support to underinsured/uninsured local residents in the midst of cancer care. Each dollar donated to Desert Cancer Foundation translates into over $10 of cancer treatment.

“Since the show started in 2002 with about 30 cars on display, this tremendous event has gained so much in popularity that we now have to limit the number of cars to accommodate them all,” said Tim Smartt, club member, who has been with the show since its inception. “We are grateful for all of the people that make it a huge success including our numerous returning and new volunteers, along with the many participants and attendees. It is an honor to support Desert Cancer Foundation and honor Dr. George for co-founding such a worthy organization, with this amazing event.”

The cost of admission is a requested donation of any amount. The cost to register a vehicle for show is $40.

Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association is an all-volunteer organization and has provided over $600,000 to Desert Cancer Foundation through this annual car show. The event grossed $80,000 last year alone. For more information on the event and registration visit: www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com

Desert Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting residents in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities who need financial assistance in obtaining screening, diagnosis and treatment for cancer and allied diseases.

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