For over 80 years the Fun Zone’s Ferris wheel, arcades, fun food, and shops have made it the highlight of every visit to Balboa in Socal.
Early almost every Sunday morning the Fun Zone parking lot is home to the Balboa Car Show. The show hours are 7 am to 9 am and it is free to attend. You can also indulge in free raffles for some prizes and have donuts for breakfast. It is very comfortable and usually has all types of cars attending. The host of the show is legendary Marcel Ford of Old Newport Realty. He is unique, and knows how to hold a raffle. If you want an event T-shirt, you have to “win” it!
Early this particular morning rain gave way to sprinkles. But by the start of the show the sprinkles had stopped and the streets were drying. Several attendees in convertibles already had their tops down!
This event will give you a sense of being a kid again and of what it used to be like at the “Fun Zone”. And it’s a nice way to connect with local car enthusiasts.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the March 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.