Castaic Lake RV Park held its inaugural Castaic Car & Bike Show Saturday, with proceeds expected to benefit American Legion Post No. 507.
The park recently landscaped a new area, specifically to hold events such as this one.
More than 100 vehicles, including classic hot rods, modern cars and some motorcycles, were lined up on the grass for viewing.
“They put this whole front lawn in, with sod and everything, so we could fit 60 cars up there — we thought that would be a successful show,” said Matt Steen, second vice president of the First Sons, a division of the American Legion. “We ended up getting 110 — we almost got double what we planned.”
During the show, those in attendance could not only view the vehicles and various booths, but could also eat, drink in the beer garden and listen to the music.
Tommy Carpenter was there with his 5-year-old son, who he said is already a sucker for old cars.
“I always dragged his mom to car shows with me before he was born, but now I don’t have to,” Carpenter said. “He is already starting to memorize the models of the cars he likes, and they all seem to be classic hot rods. He’s got good taste.”
The event also included a 50/50 drawing and raffle, with various prizes, such as a smart TV, detail certificates or a stay at the RV park.
“This is going to be a huge event and a great annual event from here on out,” said John Thorn, first vice of the first sons.
“We’re already talking about next year,” Steen added.
At the end of the day, after the public and vehicle owners had viewed and voted on their favorite vehicles in each of the 12 categories, winners were crowned and awarded their prizes.
All of the proceeds from this event are expected to go towards American Legion Post No. 507, who are working towards improving the historic hall in which their organization resides, according to post commander Steve Blumenfeld.
“The sons are spearheading a restoration project for the hall,” Blumenfeld said. “They’re trying to fix up, clean up, put new flooring in and repaint the place.”
“Besides working on our local post and getting it up to date because of the age of it, we also reach out to different veteran organizations to donate to to make sure that they have all the stuff they need to help assist the veterans,” Thorn added.