like the teacup ride at Disneyland."
Loh didn't take home any prizes at the Coastline Car Classic, held
Sunday at Big Corona del Mar State Beach, but to the untrained eye,
his antique automobile was among the most notable in the show.
The Sunday event, held for the second year in a row, marked the
newest major charity event hosted by the Corona del Mar Chamber of
Commerce, which also presents the annual Christmas Walk and Scenic
The proceeds from the Coastline Car Classic will go to support the
Assessment Treatment Service Center, a Newport Beach nonprofit group
that serves at-risk children and their families.
Lining the parking lot by the beach Sunday were T-birds, woodies,
Mustangs, Rolls-Royces and other classic cars spanning the last
At the end of the show, the 14 judges, who included members of the
chamber and other car enthusiasts, picked 25 winners to receive
plaques. The fire chief, police chief, mayor and other community
leaders gave out trophies afterward for their personal picks.
The best-in-show award, sponsored by the OC Pavilion performing
arts center in Santa Ana, went to Jim Mangione for his sparkling 1940
Mangione said he bought the car, created by legendary designer
Dutch Darin, from its former owner just two months ago.
"There were only just a few of them built, and this is one of a
couple left," Mangione said.
The show also featured a tribute to Sept. 11, with the U.S. Marine
Corps Band from San Diego playing a patriotic medley.
During the awards presentation, sponsor Barry Meguiar, chief
executive officer of the car surfacing company Meguiar's, praised the
show as a demonstration of American resilience.
"This is exactly what Osama doesn't want us to do," he said,
gesturing toward the multicolored lot in front of him. "This is pure