The dark clouds that hung over SoCal this past Sunday morning faded away to shed some much needed sunlight over this year's biggest and most successful car meet/toy drive of the year – an event known as Motor4Toys.
The 6th annual Motor4Toys charitable car show took place in the city of Woodland Hills, CA. An overwhelming number of auto enthusiasts overflowed the parking lot at the Anthem Building in Warner Center in what was the largest turnout of sports cars, tuners, and classics from all over Southern California. Over 5,000 vehicles pre-registered for the meet, but as soon as the caravans began to arrive, it was obvious more space was needed.
While the event is free of charge, a mandatory donation was collected from each participant in the form of an unwrapped toy valued at least $10. Amazingly, this year several motorsports clubs, forums, and groups pulled together to deliver toys by the truck loads, (myself included). Trunks and truck beds alike were stuffed with R/C cars, stuffed teddy bears, baby dolls, bikes, and just about every kind of toy. Police escorts gave drivers the ability to buy more toys from the local Toys-R-us. All toys collected will be donated to al long list of organizations that include the LAPD, local Sheriffs, Battered women's shelters, orphanages, homeless children, Assistance League of Southern California, Pacific Boys Lodge, Boys Town, etc… The list goes on and on.
A few celebrities stopped by to donate as well. Brad Garrett brought his family in their classic Chevy Camarro with a back seat stuffed with donations. Jay Leno stopped by to show off his all-original Chrysler Turbine car, John Schneider from “The Dukes of Hazzard”, and Paul Le Mat from “American Graffiti” where also checking out the car meet and taking photos with the fans.
The mounds of toys grew throughout the morning as attendees mingled and admired each other's automobiles. In four hours more than 17,000 toys where collected by volunteers. And it doesn't stop there; the organizers are still taking donations up until the day before Christmas. Not only toys where donated, but almost $10,000 was raised with the help of a live auction that featured full-body paint jobs and auto care maintenances packages.
If you would like to help out, check out Motor4Toys.com to learn more about toy drop-off locations near you!