Saratoga Classic Car Show

Cool Cars Cruise Into Town July 20-21

The Cool Car Club of Saratoga and Los Gatos is revving up its engines for the 4th Annual Saratoga Classic Car Show that will bring upwards of 200 vintage autos to both towns July 20-21.

Presented in partnership with the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, the show is a dazzling display of beautifully restored muscle cars, hot rods, trucks and other antique entries.

The cars will be on display on Big Basin Way in downtown Saratoga from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. Live ‘60s and ‘70s music, food, beer and wine, raffles and shopping will add to the festivities.

The weekend celebration gets on the road on Saturday, July 20 with a Cool Car Cruise from Saratoga to Los Gatos starting at 10:30 a.m. Dozens of classic cars will motor along Highway 9 from Big Basin Way to N. Santa Cruz Avenue en route to a VIP lunch at Black Ridge Vineyards on Black Road and visits to Savannah Channel and Cooper Garrod wineries in Saratoga.

Saturday evening features a VIP reception to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Village Square Plaza on Big Basin Way in Saratoga, with complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres provided by Saratoga restaurants.

And don’t miss the silent auction and the raffle for the annual “Maserati Weekend: Destination Monterey,” with overnight accommodations and activities.

Among the classic cars returning to the show this year are two that shared starring roles in popular Hollywood films: “The Yellow Rolls Royce” from 1964 and a replica of the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 “time machine” featured in the most popular movie of 1985, “Back to the Future.”

Also on display will be a Bugatti Veyron V-12, the fastest street-legal production car made today, which accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and is valued in excess of $1 million.

Saratoga Realtor and president of the Cool Car Club of Saratoga and Los Gatos Tiger Teerlink is chair of the Classic Car Show, which he founded with his two sons, Cody and Trevor, in 2010 to give local residents an event where they could put their cars on display for each other and the community. It has grown steadily in both cars and spectators.

“The Saratoga Classic Car show has become so popular because it appeals to all ages,” said Teerlink. “It is as much fun to watch as it is to be in.”

Teerlink’s own love affair with classic cars began at age 19 when he purchased a brand new 1973 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird with money saved from working at a family restaurant. He paid $4,750 for the bright red 4-speed, drove it home from the showroom, and still owns it today.

“I thought it was the hottest car around,” says Teerlink, “and it’s still a cool car.”

One night at a college dance at Brigham Young University, Teerlink met a “cute girl” named Cindy and offered to drive her home. In the parking lot, he told her to pick out any car she wanted. Looking over several dozen cars, she called his bluff. “OK, wise guy, that red one over there,” she said, pointing to the shiny red Trans Am without knowing it was his.

“We got in the car and I reached under the dash pretending to hot wire it,” says Teerlink. “She was shocked until she realized I had the keys. I still have the car and I married the girl.”

Teerlink’s Pontiac today has 110,000 miles on it and is valued around $50,000.

Having a “cool car” is the only requirement for entry into the Saratoga Classic Car Show. “If it’s cool, that’s good enough,” says Teerlink, adding that a committee makes the final decision. Registration is $45 before July 1, and includes two lunches and a registration packet with discounts from local merchants.

Three different ticket packages for the Saturday Cool Car Cruise, lunch and the Saturday evening VIP reception are available from $75 to $500.

For tickets, more information and car registration, visit SaratogaChamber.org or CoolCarClub.com, or call (408) 867-0753.

 

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