A Great Day for a Great Cause

December 1st, 2009

The 10th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Show

MainIf you could save just one person’s life, wouldn’t that be special? What if you could help save hundreds of lives in just 10 days?

The accomplishment alone would make this one miraculous event. Many people have been gathering to try to make such a miracle happen, as 30,000 hot rods have been cruising for the cure over the past decade. On September 26, the 10th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure came back to the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., where there was a huge collection of great rides and the “Drive Against Prostate Cancer Van” for free PSA cancer screenings.

According to Debbie Baker, the force behind Cruisin’ For A Cure, “I had the most fun this year and did dedicate the 10th anniversary show this year to my husband,” whom Baker lost in March 2009 to prostate cancer. Her husband is the reason she started the show those many years ago.

In addition to the huge turnout of hot rods, trucks and muscle cars, hundreds of vendors were on hand. Companies such as Meguiar’s, AAA, NadaGuides.com, MagnaFlow, Firestone, Edelbrock, Orange Coast Dodge and Jeep, Connell Chevrolet, Guaranty Chevrolet, DuPont and many more have helped make this event a success. To keep that mojo going, “The Answer” provided live entertainment on the main stage. At noon, the talented Casey Simpson performed a live concert. After he provided the invocation, our good buddy, Dave McClelland, provided informative announcements all day.

In 10 years, this event has raised over a million dollars for the cure. This year, more than 3,100 cars and at least 15,000 spectators descended upon the OC Fairgrounds. Most importantly, $175,000 was raised for cancer research and this year, the City of Hope was the beneficiary. The success of this event has spawned other similar shows in New York, Texas, Utah and Ontario, Canada.

This year, Baker reports that 1,160 men were tested for prostrate cancer. While the vast majority of them will likely come back negative, there will be those who will be advised to have a follow-up exam. From those, there will yet be some who owe their lives to Cruisin’ For A Cure.

“It is amazing how many men walk up to me just to say thank you for saving their lives,” says Baker. “Even their wives have written me letters that bring tears to my eyes, thanking me for saving their husband’s or significant other or family member; that is what makes it all worthwhile because you cannot put a price on a life or lives that we have saved.” ABC news arrived and awarded Baker the Jefferson Award, which is given once a month to someone who has helped the community, (an award that Jackie Kennedy Onassis started many years ago). We can’t think of anyone more deserving than Debbie Baker.

Baker is already working on next year’s show, which will be held on September 25 at the OC Fair & Event Center. We guarantee we will be there, as well. Bring someone you care about and see that they are tested. You may just save his life.


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The inexhaustible Debbie Baker. She is the first to admit she doesn’t do it all by herself, but if it weren’t for her, there wouldn’t be a Crusin’ For A Cure. Literally hundreds of men owe their lives to her.

At 7:30 a.m., the “Drive Against Prostate Cancer Van” opened for free PSA cancer screenings.

It’s always nice to see Kenny and Marci Duncan’s awesome, blown HEMI-powered ’40 Willys out for some laps around the fairgrounds.

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This 350 Chevy-powered, clean ’67 Chevy Chevelle rolls on polished American Mags, and belongs to Dennis Butler of Costa Mesa, CA.

It was a perfect day at the OC Fairgrounds for a cruise.

Dave McClellan (R), the official voice of the C4AC show, introduces “The Answer” who provided live entertainment throughout the weekend.

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Ray Dunham cruisin’ his famous ’36 Ford.

Chris DeSoto of Trabuco Canyon, CA, uses a 460ci Plymouth motor to power his sharp Plymouth Barracuda.

Marty Signorile of Orange, CA, drove his sick ’56 Corvette shell around a nasty, injected, big-block Chevy.

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An event like this doesn’t happen without the help of a lot of folks, and here is the volunteer staff that helped make the 2009 Cruisin’ For A Cure show a success.

Jim Warren of Corona Del Mar, CA, displayed his almost complete, amazing, 383 Chevy-powered, Deuce Roadster. The Ford Oval on the door panel operates the power windows.

This is what Ed Miller calls his “work truck,” a perfect, 351 Ford-powered, ’55 Ford F100 pickup. Yeah, just throw the tools in the back.



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Don Plamer of Downey, CA, chopped the top off his cool ’49 Chevy Sedan Delivery so the blown big-block wouldn’t have to work so hard.

Hayden Long of Huntington Beach, CA, owns this classic ’50 Olds 88.

Phillip Jordan’s small-block, Chevy-powered ’58 Chevy Apache Pickup from Long Beach, CA, shows off a perfect stance.

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