“This car came from South Africa via Ebay in San Jose,” Pany said, adding that he bought the car on the Internet and customized it.
The car went from cherry red to black with orange flames.
“It took two years and 4,000 hours of restoration,” Pany said.
Russ Collins of La Crescenta made his contribution to the cause and showcased his 1934 Ford.
“It’s my first car of this kind since 1940,” Collins said. “I had one when I was in high school.”
North Hollywood resident Jackie Mora browsed the aisle of cars, making sure to get a good look underneath the hoods.
“I’m speechless,” Mora said, but continued to speak as she took a better look at a Chevy convertible.
“They’re so shiny and pretty,” she said. “I just like how they take good care of them. It’s a lot of dedication.”
The Martinez family also made their rounds around the parking lot.
“It’s very nice to see all the beautiful cars,” Pablo Martinez said.
Martinez’ son, Pablo Jr., 7, ran from one aisle to the next as he spotted a car he liked from far away.
“I like that red car,” Pablo said, pointing to a 1972 De Tomaso Pantera. “’Cause it looks cool and it’s shiny.”
Glendale Elks Lodge member Gary Jacobson of Eagle Rock also made this contribution to the good cause.
His proudly displayed an album on the engine of his 1963 Chevrolet Impala. One photograph showed Jacobson at 22, sitting in his car.
Another was of him sitting in the same car 30 years later.
“When I was 22, I got this car when I graduated from college,” he said.
“When I get in this car, I’m 22 again except I don’t smoke.”
Riverside resident John Gonzalez came with his two Ford Mustangs.
He cleaned his cars with a rag as did his son Justin, 20.
Gonzalez’ 1965 Mustang belonged to his father. His special edition 2005 Mustang, which is the same size as the Mustangs that were made in the 1960s, cost $100,000, he said.
Gonzalez plans on leaving his cars to his own children.
“It’s good inheritance,” Justin Gonzalez said. “It’s for remembrance.”
Plaques were awarded to the owners of cars that met certain criteria set by the Elks Lodge.
“I’ve had more cars here than I’ve had in the five years I’ve been doing this show,” Wright said.