13th Cruz n’ For Roses – One For The Books!

Community comes out for Classic Cars and Hot Rods

PHOTO: Fernando Diez | SouthPasadenan.com | Vintage Buick on display at the 13th annual Cruz n' With Roses Classic Car & Hot Rod show in South Pasadena

The 13th annual classic car and hotrod show was a resounding success with Mission Street closed from Fair Oaks to Meridian creating a festive atmosphere. If that weren’t enough, South Pasadenans had the added bonus of the Police and Fire Open House happening simultaneously. It’s a wonderful combo event that made for a nostalgic and fun-filled Sunday afternoon in South Pasadena.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Mission Street was closed to traffic which made for easy access to all the cars and vendors

The car show featured hundreds of vintage pre-1975 hotrods and classic cars, spiffed out, hoods up, on beautiful display on either side of Mission Street. Car enthusiasts chatted with car owners and there was a sense of commraderie among the various car clubs and participants. Families enjoyed hot dogs and snowcones along with shopping our shops and dining in local restaurants.

PHOTO: Fernando Diez | SouthPasadenan.com

The show opened at 10am with a moving invocation given by Fire Chief Paul Riddle, complete with color guard, fire trucks and police cars driving down Mission Street to kick things off. All proceeds from the car show goes towards the building of South Pasadena’s self built float for the Rose Parade. We are one of only about 5 or 6 self-built floats left in the parade and South Pasadenans have long taken immense pride in our fair city being represented at the beloved event.

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PHOTO: Fernando Diez | SouthPasadenan.com | Nostalgia was in the air with classic cars like this one on display along Mission Street

Several happy car owners were awarded some fun and coveted prizes like the Mayor’s Award, Best in Show, Chicks Rule Award and the crowd favorite, Officer Mike Neff chosen Car Most Likely To Get Pulled Over By Police Award. A complete list of winners and more photos below.

One and all had a tremendous time and we thank the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and generous sponsors for such a fantastic day on historic Mission Street.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | The beautiful, hand-crafted trophies by Brett Outwater and Kilian Lynch of CALWEST Manufacturing in El Monte


Best In Show: #195 – 1934 Ford 3-window Coupe – Russell Collins

Showstopper: #199 – 1932 Ford Roadster, black – Luis Barrera

Best Classic: #501 – 1966 blue Chevrolet Nova – Steve Rieger

Best New Ride: #231 – 2011 Shelby Cobra, black – Bill Gilmore

Mayor’s Award: #131 – 1953 Stakeside Truck – Simon Holguin

Best Finish Award: #139 – 1932 Ford 3-window, yellow – Mike Fea

Coolest Truck Award: #193 – 1952 cream Chevy pick-up truck – Brenda Swenson

Little Old Lady From South Pasadena Award: #128 –  1957 red & white Chevy Bel Air –  Ian MacFarlane

International Award: #180 1948 tan MGTC – Gus Ramos

Chicks Rule Award: #69 – 1951 Ford  –  Sandy Norris

Police Award (Most Likely To Get Pulled Over By Police): #27 – 1989 BMW 325i, red & gray –  Brett Outwater

Under Construction: #505 – 30 Ford Model A – Ron Lawrence

Best Presentation: #200 – 1957 green Lotus II – John Holodnik & Vivian Woo

Most Unique Ride: #136 – 1932 American Austin Panel Truck – John Larson

Cruz n’ for Roses Award: #208 – 1968 Ford Mustang, black with red & white racing stripes – Dan Kellgreen