By Tom “Bomb” Christian
This was the seventh year of the Top-Line Charity Car and Bike Show that keeps growing in size while getting better every year. The weather was cool and foggy when I arrived on my Harley but Mother Nature came through by 11 AM with clear blue skies that made it a perfect day for the show. Personally it was great for taking pictures that reflect the beauty of all the entries. I met up with Sam’s nieces Toni and Shelby Cantacessi who are pinup girls. We have enjoyed watching these young ladies grow up over the last four years and everyone looks forward to seeing them in action and taking their photo while posing by the cars and bikes.
The Head Turners Riding Club made a big splash with their BBQ for all the folks to enjoy. Proceeds from the BBQ helped raise more money for Carol’s Kitchen that feeds our homeless veterans along with many other needy people when they come into the restaurant. Sam and Dawndra Baldi’s family decided to help raise money for the Carol’s Kitchen’s project by having their annual car and bike show. Getting people together for a great time and a great cause so they want to keep coming back. It is apparently working very well, because the same people keep coming back over the last six years along with all the new people displaying their incredible vehicles and motorcycles, with a boat in there too no less.
I enjoy walking down the rows of cars and off-road vehicles, taking pictures and visiting with all the folks that came out to show off their hard work. In between shooting, there was a little time to chat with the band members of Harley and the Pirates, which is featured on Quick Throttle’s Band Page. Everybody loves to sing along with this band including their awesome Beatles tribute. I do not want to tell Sam that he might have to make this into a two day event with all the cool vehicles and vendors that he manages to attract for this great cause.
One of the most outrageous entries was a Toyota Tundra truck that was hand painted with United States Marines battles including World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Over 800 hours were put into this truck which you could win with a $20 ticket. Next to this truck they had another truck with the LA Dodgers mural painted on it, that was ridiculously cool. There were a lot of historical vehicles there along with a motorcycle owned by Travis Green that had built in flamethrowers coming out of its exhaust pipes that I thought was going to melt my camera.
It was time now to walk down the rows vehicles with Toni and Shelby to set up pictures with some of the beautiful rides with permission from their owners of course. The walk down the rows put us in front of the band Harley and the Pirates, and before we knew it Toni and Shelby were on stage with the band having a ball singing and dancing along with them. Those girls just love to have fun and I have pictures to prove it. I’m not sure what vehicle they like the most but the folks just love them.
I headed over to the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys booth where Randie Raige was working, and she asked if I would take a few pictures of her next to or on sitting on some of the motorcycles in the show, so off to work I went. That made a big splash as we worked some of the bikes over with pictures and onlookers. It was fun to watch everybody and hear all the compliments from them.
It’s a tribute to the quality of this event that Sam gets all the vendors out here, then he places them in between all the show entries; the booths where everywhere. I stopped by to visit Black Market Window Tint of Banning, California to get information for tinting the front window on my motorhome. They told me they can come up to my house to do the work, which will save me a trip down from the mountains with the motorhome. And many other vendors were there to help folks with their own services or products such as T-G Wrap by Twin Graphics and many others. The spectators who purchased raffle tickets had a field day with the great items that the sponsors donated to the raffle. One of the biggest was a chop saw, and the coolest was a handmade quilt.
Everyone was getting ready for Sam to announce the show winners. There were 230 entries total in forty categories this year including a new one for ladies only; Cali from the Head Turners RC won with her 2011 Harley-Davidson Forty Eight flat track racer sponsored by Lifestyle Cycles and Shark Squad Motorcycle Attorneys. Sam really did a good job covering cars, trucks and bikes along with off road vehicles. The Best of Show awards are always in the spotlight with everyone waiting to see who will take home the coveted trophy. The folks never left until all the trophies were handed out to the winners.
So without waiting Sam handed out the Best of Show for Motorcycles award to Bill Patchell with his 2009 Custom Road King, painted by Hot Dog Kustoms in Temecula, CA. The modifications to create the frame and engine were done by Josh Rundlett of Rundlett Performance and Machine in Cherry Valley, CA. Best of Show in Cars and Trucks went to Tony Gomez with his beautiful 1959 Chevy Impala. The trophies were custom made by First Place Powder Coating of Banning, CA and were visually stunning. A fitting tribute to the hard work and effort the winners put into their vehicles.
The Head Turners RC donated their entire BBQ proceeds of $2,000 to the cause, and a grand total of $13,200 was raised and donated to the event beneficiary, Carol’s Kitchen.
We’d like to thank everyone that came out to support this event and all those behind the scenes who make it possible. See you all next year!
Steve Jones…1937 Ford Custom
Carol’s Kitchen Choice
Ralph Gaxiola 1941 Chevy Special Deluxe
MOTORCYCLE SHOW RESULTS:
BEST of SHOW
Bill Patchell- 2009 Custom Road King
Bruce Hanson…Custom V-8 Trike w/ twin turbos
Modified American Made
Travis Green…1990 Harley Flame Thrower
Bill Patchell…2009 Custom Road King
Samuel Ramirez 1955 Old School Chopper
Josh Fries…2003 Honda Shadow Bobber
Sam Skipper…Suzuki Hayabusa
Cali…2011 Harley Sportster Forty Eight flat track racer.