The 1st Annual B&M / McLeod / Hurst / Classic Motorsports Group CharityCar Show was held at the B&M Facility in Chatsworth, CA on April 26th,2008. With an early jump start to the day, registration opened before7:00 AM as attendees began to lineup. One beautiful car after anotherpassed through registration and lined up in the street, behind the B&Mbuildings, inside the warehouse and in the neighboring businesses. Thebroad range of vehicles on display was incredible. Street Rods, MuscleCars, Classic Trucks, Late model Camaro's, Mustangs of all body styles,Mopar's, Corvettes, a Pro Gas Car and a Studebaker just to mention afew. With over 200 cars in attendance there was quite a bit ofhardware to view. Fuel Injected, Nitrous equipped, Supercharged andnormally aspirated big blocks, small blocks, inline 6 cylinders and 12cylinder engines were displayed. The paint and finish on the vehiclesranges from black to white and every color in the rainbow includingmany flame jobs.
Factory tours were conducted throughout the day of the B&M Headquartersand manufacturing facility, including the operation of the B&M converterdyno know as EDDL, along with raffle prize drawings for the manywonderful prizes provided by numerous performance manufacturers withinSEMA.
In spite of the 90+ degree heat everyone seemed to enjoy thefestivities. The trophy theme represented the number of years of B&M'sexistence with 50 Special Recognition awards and 4 Major Awards torecognize the 54 year history of B&M. The winner of the Major awardsincluded the McLeod Street Twin Show Stopper went to the Red 32 Fordbelonging to Ken Sapper, the Hurst Competition/Plus Cream of the Cropwent to Les Junos' beautiful red Plymouth Savoy, the Oldskool 66 CruzersGold Standard went to the 46 Chevy 2 Door Coupe belonging to Tom Evansand Joann Beaver and the B&M Best of Show went to the Lime Green '41Willys Coupe driven in by Gary and Lupe Peever. Congratulations to allof the award winner throughout the day.
Hurst Competition/Plus Cream of the Crop "Red '63 Plymouth Savoy"
McLeod Street Twin Show Stopper "Red '32 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster"
Oldskool 66 Cruzers Gold Standard "46 Chevy 2 Door Coupe"
B&M Best of Show "41 Willys Coupe"
As everyone knows it is difficult to pick the special awards as therewere so many really nice vehicles to judge. The club members from theOldskool 66 Cruzers Car Club of Southern California did a great job withjudging the vehicles and with the help from the B&M staff the finalwinners were determined. The trophy's were very special as wellfeaturing the original B&M Mechanical Man logo along with the famousHurst Shifter emblem and the B&M Precision Sport Shifter polydomeemblem. The trophy's were finished off with the McLeod Industries logoalong with the Classic Motorsports Group logo bracketing the name of theaward. Calling these a unique award would be an understatement.
During the final hour of the festivities the major raffle prize drawingswere given out and the big awards were presented by Nate Shelton,Chairman of B&M, with Dave McClelland announcing the winners. As theday came to a close the sound of the engines starting to begin thejourney home for the attendees, Chatsworth rumbled to life. As allthings must come to a close it was an exciting event with many happyattendees, whether from winning raffle prizes or for winning one of thespecial awards, the recurring comments included 'See you next year'!