Low-riders, modern muscle, motorcycles, hot rods, old classics. A fleet of more than 100 cars of all types were parked on Vallejo’s waterfront as part of a fundraiser to benefit several local groups on Saturday.
Service Club Park, also known as the Waterfront Green, was packed with cars as their owners proudly showed off the varying cars for a good cause.Guys talk about a 350 SS Camaro during the Chelu Car Show along the waterfront in Vallejo on Saturday. (Chris Riley–Times-Herald)
“It’s all about Vallejo – trying to get Vallejo back to where it needs to be,” said Pete Duenas with the Chelu Car Club.
Chelu club members were joined with members from the West Side de Berkeley car club to raise money to support the Solano Aids Coalition, Kids of Kaiser Pediatric Ward, and Children Shop with a Cop.
Duenas said he was hoping to raise about $10,000.
Saturday’s fundraiser comes about a week after Duenas’ non-profit TEAM Hope, in conjunction with the Chelu Car Club, sponsored 24 kids for back-to-school shopping at Walmart.
Each child received a backpack full of school supplies and the chance to spend a $100 voucher on school clothes.
Each Christmas the club also sponsors a few dozen kids to “Shop with a Cop” at a local store. With $100 in hand, the child is expected to pick out presents for his or her family. Last December 40 kids roamed around Target looking for the perfect gifts.
“Everyone thinks Vallejo is a dark cloud,” Duenas added. “We’re having events that promote Vallejo by bringing the community together.”
Robert Corona came to the fundraiser on Saturday to show off his 1955 Chevy.
“I think it does a of great things for the community,” said Corona when asked about the fundraiser.
Corona, who isn’t a member of the car clubs, said he likes showing up to car shows to see the other vehicles and help teach some history to kids.
“Some kids that grow up don’t understand the history of these cars,” he added. “With events like this, it allows for history to be taught and bring everyone together.
“Just look around, there is a lot of camaraderie,” he added.