Proceeds Support Desert Cancer Foundation
By Chris Clemens
Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association’s (PSCA) 17th Annual Dr. George Car Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday, February 9, 2019. This show is one of the largest one-day car events on the West Coast 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 net proceeds.
Participants come from several states to show their exotic sports cars to classic hot rods. The event also showcases antique vehicles, restored and original collectable cars, trucks and motorcycles. Some of the custom cars are worth over $100,000. Spectators can talk to owners, and also hear stories from some of the special guests as they re-live their experiences in racing, car development and engineering. Celebrity guest speakers include John Kraman, Mecum Auction Commentator; Allen Grant, world champion Shelby Race Team Driver; Peter Brock, designer of the 1963 Corvette Stingray and the Shelby Daytona Coupe; and Jim McGee, the winningest Indianapolis 500 and Formula 1 team manager.
An estimated 28 trophies will be given out, including “The Best in Show,” “The Best in Show – Special Interest,” and “The Best in Show – Young Guns.” The event includes a beer garden, live entertainment, and vendors offering food, clothing, and a variety of car related items, plus a silent auction and raffles.
New this year is a Pedal Car Race featuring teams from the YMCA and YWCA chapters in the Coachella Valley. In addition, younger car owners and their vehicles will be featured in a special “Young Guns Corral,” sponsored by the Coachella Valley Ford Dealers.
Two events prior to the actual show take place on El Paseo. On Wednesday a special El Paseo Cruise Night Auto Auction at the Gardens on El Paseo takes place; and on Friday afternoon, there will be a special El Paseo Cruise featuring over 200 of the cars that will be in the show the following day.
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 2003, this event has raised over $847,000 in support of Desert Cancer Foundation.
Sponsors include Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, the El Paseo Cruise Night Auto Auction, HUB Insurance, Honda and Toyota of the Desert, Mecum Auctions, Acme Moving & Storage, Hagerty Collector Car Insurance, Meguiar’s, and the Coachella Valley Ford Dealers; and hosts include Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the City of Indian Wells.
The cost is $5 per person and free for kids under 12 and active military. For show car registration the fee is $40, plus $10 for reserved parking. For more information go to www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com.
About Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association
The Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote camaraderie among car enthusiasts and to stage and promote charitable car events. The Dr. George Charity Car Show is their main annual event benefitting Desert Cancer Foundation.
About Desert Cancer Foundation
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. Learn more at desertcancerfoundation.org or contact us at 760-773-6554.