2017 Beach Barons' "End of the World" Blast!
Photos & Story by David & Jeanne Marin
When a car club, make that most any car club that's been staging a car show every year for more than three decades, you'd expect they'd be doing it "right", right? Well, you couldn't get it more "right" than the Beach Barons' Run to the End of the World, last September 10-11 at the club's beautiful facility in Ocean Park, Washington.
More than 850 vehicles (1977 and older), were on hand for the festivities and between the 1,500 or so participants and more than 6,500 paid spectators a beautiful ocean of color covered the grassy 26-acre venue.
"We were very pleased with the turnout, especially the number of spectators," says Beach Barons' vice president Stan (the DJ Man) Sonntag. "The show is a tremendous amount of work but with what we're able to do with assorted charities makes it all worthwhile."
The Run to the End of the World is especially labor intensive because of the long slate of "perks" for the participants — like the seafood BBQ, which requires a team of 54 volunteers to get the job done.
Then there's the continental breakfast, the show & shine, t-shirt sales, DJ Music, many door prizes, an auto swap meet, a 50/50 drawing along with the trophies presentation and awards, not to mention the awesome variety of vendors and assorted food booths.
All that and the knowledge that at the end of the day all the proceeds go back into the community — the high school track team helps with clean up, earning support for their program, Camp Victory, which supports and cares for abused youngsters, local food banks receive help, the list goes on.
As usual the weather was cooperative, the atmosphere was electric, the cars were phenomenal, you should be there in 2017.