Joe Bane saved $150 per month for 25 years to buy his brown 1932 Ford Victoria. He said it was
worth the wait. Banes’ fellow classic auto owners at the Chula Vista Elk’s Club Car Show
understood. Their rides were more than cars, they are almost family.Bane said he looked far and
wide for his Victoria.
“My car was advertised in Rod and Custom Magazine,” he said. “I went to Kentucky to buy it. Chip
Foose, an L.A. custom wheels and rims designer, worked on my car.”
Bane said he paid $34,000 for the car and another $35,000 on restoration.
“My Victoria has won Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Rims and Tires, and Best Restoration
trophies,” he said proudly.
Elvia and Stephen Perry traded their classic 1964 Chevy in 2013 for their 1938 chopped four and
one half- inch Chevy rat rod truck.
Lowrider enthusiast David Crosthwaite stood proudly by his 1940 Chevy Coupe. He bought his
Chevy in 2002. He said he traveled to Indiana to get it.
“That fox’s tail represents cars from the 1930s and `40s,” he said. “I listed my car under the model
Reyes Samaniego beamed next to his 1941 Chevy which he and his son, Steve, found the
1941 in Solana Beach.
“It was a project involving my family and friends,” he said. “There are Pachuco car clubs in San
Fernando, Texas, Japan and San Diego.” Samaniego said for insurance purposes his Chevy is
valued at nearly $25,000.
Elks Louis and Lilly Molina of the Elks
Club organized the show to raise funds
for local charities.
“We recently purchased backpacks and
shoe gift certificates for 72 preschoolers
who are from
abusive homes,” said Lilly Medina.
“Home Depot brought a children’s clinic
preschools to assembly bird house kits and other crafts.”
Southwestern College adjunct journalism instructor Bernard Gonzales is an Elk who lent his
communication skills. A former television news reporter, Gonzalez handled MC duties at the car
show. He introduced a 2014 Harley Road King motorcycle owned by Delina and Mario
Valadez. Delina Valdez said their previous Harley was almost completely destroyed by a hit and
“My husband took the damaged Harley’s salvageable parts and built our Day of the Dead air
brushed 26-inch rim Road King,” she said. “We bring our Harley to various shows to support
Down syndrome and blind people.”
Helen and Jack Beasley spoke fondly of their 1929 Ford Cabriolet truck, family owned for 40
“My late brother, Virgil, had the Ford on blocks in his garage for 30 years,” said Jack Beasley.
“Virgil donated cars and trucks to the old truck museum in Campo.”
Bonita Classic Club member Sam Beatty stood next to his 1931 turquoise Ford delivery vehicle.He
said there were only 31 sedan delivery trucks built on a car chassis.
“They were mainly used for in town deliveries by pharmacies,” he said. “I searched for this Ford
delivery for 35 years and bought this street rod in 2010.” Beatty said he had to sell his 1934
Lincoln sedan street rod with an eight-foot glass roof to buy his delivery sedan.
“Model A aficionados do not understand the rarity of this sedan delivery,” he said. “They do not
believe it exists.”
Beatty said he spent $70,000 to rebuild it.
George Bagdasarin said his 1973 Pantera cost $12,000 new but is now worth $140,000.
“Look at the mid positioned De Tomaso Pantera Engine,” he said. “I bought this car in 1987. I put
$60,000 to rebuild it.”
Best of Show was awarded to Carl Parrick’s 1968 GTX Plymouth. Parrick said he drove it on Route
66 from San Diego to Chicago in September 2014.
“It is valued at $60,000,” he said. “There are only three 1968 GTXs in documentation in San
“This is the original which sold for $3,513.80 from Swift Dodge in Sacramento.”
Today the Plymouth provides happiness money cannot buy.