Carrie Dianda McCoid
Rods at the Beach began in 1998 as
a one day event with a little over three hundred
cars, 10 major sponsors, two raffles, about 15 vendors,
a few food booths, about 30 day of event volunteers,
and about 4 staff members who volunteered year round.
It began small and simple with very local and community
oriented goals in mind: have a fun show and raise
money to build a nostalgic police vehicle for our
city’s police department.
Today, Hot Rods at the Beach
is a two day event which features over 500 cars,
14 major sponsors, four raffles, over 40 vendors,
70 feet of food booths, about 60 day of event volunteers,
and about 8 staff members who volunteer year round.
The accomplishments of the Hot Rods at the Beach
Car Show over the last thirteen years are awesome! Our
first car show in 1998 raised money to rebuild a
1961 Chevrolet Biscayne Nostalgic Police Vehicle
for the Santa Cruz Police Department. The vehicle
can be seen at local parades, festivals, and at
every Hot Rods at the Beach Car Show. Our Show in
2001 raised over $20, 000.00 which was donated to
the Silver Shield Foundation, (a scholarship program
for the children of firefighters and police officers
who lost their lives on September 11th in New York).
As well as the previously mentioned donations, the
Santa Cruz Police Officers Industrial Arts Scholarship
fund has awarded over $65,000.00 in youth scholarships.
I have had the incredible opportunity to watch this
show evolve and accomplish more than its creators
ever imagined. I have enjoyed the experience of
working year after year with some of the community’s
most successful business owners, dedicated police
officers, most passionate hot rodding enthusiasts
and tireless volunteers. The achievements made by
this event and the people who make it happen are
nothing less than remarkable. I eagerly await the
successes of the years ahead.