June 19, 2012 > Kings by the Bay Car Show
Kings by the Bay Car Show
By Gustavo Lomas, Photos courtesy of Randy Perez
What happens when passion and need are combined? Friendships evolve into a creed, affirmatively rooted and encouraging for all who are a part of it. You get the Style Kings Car Club, a group of friends who love cars and strive to help people.
The Style Kings is hosting their third annual Kings by the Bay car show; one hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the George Mark Children's House. "Our credo is, 'Passion for family, friendship, motorcycles and Bombs' (cars that were made in the year 1959 or older)," says Style Kings member Randy Perez. "This show isn't about the club, it's about people getting there and showing support." The club was established in 2005 by 10 friends and now has 28 active members. It is one of the only clubs that does not cater to a certain genre.
The show is diverse in style and cars of all kinds are welcome, although any car not older than a '63 can be a part of the show by invitation only. The event takes place on June 23 on the soccer field at Cal State East Bay Hayward. While pre-registration has closed, additional cars can be registered at the gate for $30. For spectators, there is only a $5 parking fee, charged by Cal State East Bay.
Not only will there be great Bombs, hot rods, and motorcycles including Perez's '38 Cab Over, his '36 Chevy Roadster and Indian motorcycle, but a show within a show features five pedal cars built with no limitations. Raffles held throughout the day such as a 50/50 raffle and a Merchant raffle will benefit George Mark Children's Home.
The George Mark Children's House is a non-profit organization based in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and specializes in caring for children with complex conditions that may result in a shortened life expectancy. They are the first free-standing pediatric palliative care center and welcome children with diverse diagnoses from birth to the age of twenty one, with all families welcome. "George Mark exists to allow a family to just be a family, by providing support at one of the most difficult times in anyone's life," says Co-Founder and Medical Director Barbara Beach, M.D.
The Style Kings also participate in the George Mark Prom night every year as escorts for attendees; driving them around in style under the stars, giving them a night to remember. "We have a reputation for community service, we are all about family, just like it says in our credo," says Perez. In 2007, The Style Kings hosted a car show at the Bay Meadows Racetrack in order to help out with a friend's medical expenses, and more recently in 2009, hosted a charity cruise called "Cancer Sucks" to help fund cancer research.
Entry into the Kings by the Bay Car Show is free and open to all ages; kids can enjoy kettle corn (and perhaps share some with their parents), the Radio Flyer wagon displays (entry fee is $5), and old school bicycle displays. There will be BBQ vendors, music, both a live band and a D.J. with a bit of oldies. A trophy ceremony will be held along with the results of each raffle, and an event T-shirt will be available for purchase designed by Tony Parker, owner of Crown Work Garage, who also designed the event poster for both this year and last year. Numerous local sponsors have contributed to the event including the Oakland Raiders.
The event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Not only will there be great cars to see, but the view from the top of the hill is fantastic.
Kings by the Bay Car Show
Saturday, June 23
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cal State East Bay Soccer Field
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
Spectator parking: $5