A 1947 Cadillac Coupe Convertible. Photo by Brian Park
A 1947 Cadillac Coupe Convertible. Photo by Brian Park

By The Capistrano Dispatch

The Rotary Club’s popular Rotary/CARe Car Show returns to San Juan Capistrano Feb. 1.

Families, car enthusiasts and their four-legged friends are invited to check out 400 antique and classic cars and trucks on display. The show also features a row of new and modern cars, courtesy of the 11 local dealerships that make up the Capistrano Auto Center. South County Lexus will display their LFA Sports Coupe, priced at $375,000.

Guests can also tour a number of vendor booths. Live entertainment includes music played by DJ Thumper MacDowell and the return of the Disc Dogs Demo Team show. Kids can also get their faces painted, and local favorite, Las Golondrinas will be selling food.

As part of the event, the sixth annual Dr. Joe Cortese Memorial Poker Run will conclude at the car show. Participants will take part in a motorcycle ride and travelling poker game, starting at Orange County Harley Davidson in Irvine. Check-in for the poker run is between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and costs $35 for riders and $25 for passengers.

Proceeds from the show go toward the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort, a local nonprofit that supports animal-rescue programs and organizations, and the Rotary Club’s year-round charitable efforts, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and military families.

The car show takes place at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park, 25920 Camino Del Avion. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the show will be open until 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 11-17 and free for kids 10 and under. Parking is free. Guests are invited to bring their dogs, as long as they are well behaved and on a leash.

For more information or to register for the poker run, visit their website, www.sjcrotary.org/carshow.

To view photos from last year’s show, click here.

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