MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --
Citizens of the high desert traveled to Twentynine Palms for the annual Baileys Car Show, across the street from David Baileys Auto Repair and Towing March 31, 2012.
The show was in honor of Baileys Auto Repair’s 25th anniversary and hosted more than 100 vehicles including cars, trucks, motorcycles, a fire truck and military vehicles provided by the Combat Center.
“Every year it has gotten bigger and bigger,” said Diane Bailey, co-owner of David Baileys Auto Repair and Towing. “This is the fourth year the military has been involved. Last year we implemented a military trophy.”
The show brought in many past visitors and new guests who were surprised at the size of the show given the town’s size.
“It’s better than expected,” said Peter O’Neill, participant. “We heard about it and brought the kids out. Thought it would be pretty small but actually put together a lot better than expected.”
Out of all the vendors and vehicles, the military presence in the show is what made it memorable for the families. Marines let the children climb around on their Light Armored Vehicles, 7-ton trucks and Humvees.
“I think it’s awesome,” O’Neill said. “It made my two-year-olds year. He has been all over all the trucks.”
Showing the children the vehicles was a fun time for the Marines as well.
“Got to keep track of them a little bit because they can pop out of every orifice of the vehicle,” said Sgt. Pete Bakeman, vehicle commander, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. “A lot of people haven’t seen these up close and a lot of them recognize them from [the video game] Battle Front 3. So it is kind of cool when you get a 7-year-old kid who knows almost as much about the gun as you do, as a crewman.”
Besides the vehicles, another crowd favorite was the military working dogs demonstration.
“People just get excited to see that,” said Bailey. “Some of them have never seen anything like that. We get all kinds of great feedback about the dogs.”
For more information about upcoming events with Combat Center support contact the Community Relations office at 830-3765.