Car show fuels school funds

Ferraris and Lamborghinis will be as common as Camrys and Accords this weekend when wealthy car enthusiasts from around the Bay Area and beyond descend upon the tony town of Hilsborough.

The 52nd annual car beauty contest known as the Concours d’Elegance will feature Frank Sinatra’s 1961 L 6.4 Ghia hardtop and a slew of other cars commuters will not see too often during their trip to work on U.S. Highway 101. The show has played host to a bevy of famed cars from around the country during the last half-century, including Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsche 911.

A sold-out crowd of 5,000 people and 200 cars worth between $25,000 and $25 million will crowd the lawn of Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough, which has just 11,000 residents. The school fundraiser is the most expansive event in the city all year, said Betsy Sperry, parent and Councours co-chair this year.

The event is the longest-running continuous car show west of the Rocky Mountains, organizers said.

The show will feature race cars, plenty of sports cars, several Rolls Royce, muscle cars and motorcycles. Entrants had to pass a strict entry committee, including the requirement of having a car that is more than 25 years old, to win approval into the prestigious show.

“It will always be a very diverse count of people who have been working on their cars all winter — fixing them, repairing them, polishing them — and this is the first opportunity to share their passion with others,” said Harry Garschagen, who is coming to the show from Orinda to show off his 1961 dark-blue restored Maserati.

The day’s proceedings should raise plenty of dough for the Hillsborough City School District, which has three elementary schools and one middle school. The fundraising is especially important this year because of the economic pressures the state’s public education districts are facing, Sperry said.

“It’s a great way for people to get together with their cars and share the history of the automobile and at the same time raise money for their charity,” said Del Boscacci, who manages Highway One classic automobiles in Burlingame and has helped chair the event in the past.

Inaddition to the main car showcase, the grounds will have a carnival, petting zoo, ponies, rock climbing walls and a giant slide.

“Hillsborough is immense fun and I like to say that we use the ‘F’ word a lot, and the word is fun,” said John Joss, the emcee of the event.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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