By Neal MeldenGirard Avenue will be the venue for not just one car show in 2012, but nine.
These free shows are the achievement of a dedicated group of La Jollans known by the jovial moniker, Nuts4Cars.
Last year’s Girard Avenue car shows became the template for creating this year’s series. No other community is offering a continual parade of car events quite like this. Each venue promises to be a museum-quality exhibition featuring at least a million dollars worth of four-wheeled motoring memorabilia that visitors can view and then speak to the owners.
The brunt of the $35 fee for the car owners to exhibit their machines will go to the San Diego Police Officers Widows and Orphans Fund. All cars will be judged and prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, depending on each event. First prize in all events will be a 16” x 20” framed art print of the winning automobile signed by the photographer.
The first car show runs 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. It will be “Muscle Car Mania.” As an homage to those All-American Street Kings it will feature the great “Pony Cars” (past and present) such as Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds, ‘Cudas, Impalas and the like. The revival of the modern Mustangs and Camaros also permits their entry in the event.
Chris Boyer, of JACK 100.7 FM radio and a car fan himself, will be on hand to give out prizes and meet his listeners.
Nuts4Cars events will run 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Details of these events, as well as forms to enter a car, are at
• Orphan and Handcrafted Cars: March 11
• British Car Day: May 6
• Volkswagen Meet: June 24
• Ford Family Day: July 22
• Sports Car Rally: Aug. 26
• GM Car and Truck Meet: Sept. 16
• German Autofest: Oct. 7
• Italian Car Rally: Nov. 4