Hot Rods Fresno was started by a few guys who liked their hot rods and thought it would be cool to have a hot rod club. Our first car show was held at Mikes Bar in Friant in 1999. There were two car shows at Mike's Bar and it was at the second, when we ran out of room to park cars we realized that we needed to look for an alternate site to have our car show.
Garland and Ray Sharpe and Marty McFerrin were having a meal together one day at a restaurant in the Tower District and they looked around and thought that the Tower would be a excellent place to hold a car show. They did some digging and spoke to the Tower Marketing Committee to see if it was plausible to execute and the Committee welcomed the idea!
Our first car show in the Tower District was put in place and they decided to hold it on the second Saturday of April each year. This would allow us to be the first major car show of the year. Our first car show drew about 250 cars and was quite a success! Since our first show in the Tower District, we have grown from 250 cars to just under 500 cars!
We believe our show is successful because the members are interested in the hot rods and classic cars and this is an excellent way to show and teach the younger generation there's more to life than today's technology! This is an era that we don't want to see end and by involving and inviting the community to our shows, we know they don't want to see these cars become extinct.
Our members work hard throughout the year, but not as hard as when January comes rolling in! We put the pedal to the metal and start working double time for the Merchant Awards, Silent Auction items, raffle items and so much more so we are able to put on the best car show for our fellow hot rodder's and the rest of the community and those coming from out of town and state to participate and view the classic cars and hot rods that are so special and dear to all of us in this club.
A very special thank you to all of our sponsors, who, for a lot of you have supported us from the beginning! O'Reilly Auto Parts is a major sponsor of our show and without you, we would not be as successful as we are. Additional and important sponsors are CC&A Construction, Donaghy Sales, Fornado's Landscaping & Custom Design, Pacific Boring, Sandals at the Beach Grill, SM Construction, Wall & Eades Auto Upholstery - we thank you all sincerely for your support.
Over the last 16 years, we have been able to donate to Nancy Hinds Hospice, Society for the Blind and Make -a- Wish over $60,000. This year alone we were able to donate almost $11,000 to Nancy Hinds Hospice! A surprise for them and grateful thank you's to all that made it possible!
We appreciate and thank all of our entries that come join us every year, rain or shine! We love your dedication and look forward to seeing you all again next year! If you're just looking for something fun to do on the second Saturday of every April, come on out to the Tower District, we'll all be there, waiting for you with smiling faces and happy hearts!
Today, we have 36 members. We do not have meetings. The gents have informal get together's every Saturday morning for breakfast and/or every Tuesday for lunch. The ladies have a luncheon every month.
The only thing required from our members is that they help put on the annual car show held the second Saturday in April, every year.
For more information, please call: Garland Sharp @ 559-259-9573 or Connie Faught @ 559-392-1282
For Vendor information, please call: Bill Faught @ 559-392-1281
Hot Rods Fresno
512 W. Vermont Ave.
Clovis, CA. 93619