The sun shined high in Huntington Beach today as hundreds of classic and classy cars lined up between Pacific Coast Highway and the sand in honor of Veterans Day. HB's most patriotic watering hole, Johnny's Saloon, along with the nonprofit Vision 2 Victory organized the first-ever Surf City Veterans Day Car Show, inviting vets and non-vets to show off their sexy rides.
Among the rows of autos sat several variations of the Woodie—Surf City's official car—a 1970 yukon yellow Volkswagen Beetle, a few appropriately outfitted Volkswagen vans, two Dodge Deloreans, a 1938 Ford COE 460, little red Corvettes, a 1951 Mercury, an Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe, muscle cars, a 1973 Ford Pinto Runabout, Claire Popejoy's 1957 Convertible Chevy, a 1930 Ford Tudor Sedan, a 1960 Dodge Power Wagon, a 1955 Ford Sedan Delivery, 1925 and 1939 Ford Roadsters and many, many more.
Stars and stripes swayed proudly in the ocean breeze, forcing upon bystanders silent salutes to those who have fought for our country. Proud owners relaxed alongside their prized possessions, some eager to discuss the history of their vintage wheels, others hoping to sell their steel companions.
Whether a classic car connoisseur, a novice admirer, a supporter of war or an advocate for peace, attendees could surely feel the energy in the air of a love for something much bigger than just the automobile.