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A blue 1968 Mustang sits on display at the 4th Annual Commanding General’s Car and Bike Show at the Marine Corps Exchange parking lot Oct. 20, 2012.

Photo by LCpl. D. J. Wu

Car and Bike Show

23 Oct 2012 | LCpl. D. J. Wu

Crowds gathered Oct. 20 for the Commanding General's 4th Annual Car and Bike Show at the base’s Marine Corps Exchange parking lot.                                     They were treated to a bevy of classic and modern cars, trucks and motorcycles. The contestants in the car, bike and truck categories showed their vehicles competing for category honors and the General's Choice, People's Choice and MCCS Choice awards.

“I'm showing my Mitsubishi 3000 GT with a rebuilt motor from the ground up,” said Shane Griffis. “This is my first time out here, and I think it's a really good event. A lot of people put a lot of work into their vehicles.”

Griffis was just one of dozens of contenders for this year’s prizes. Owners of classic cars and trucks from all over the community were invited on board the Combat Center to show off their sweet rides.

The event also showcased motorcycle acrobatics. Attendees witnessed a street bike stunt demonstration performed by Jason Britton and Eric Hoenshel.

“I've got my truck and my bike out here,” said Frank Santiago, contestant and base motorcycle safety instructor, “It's a lot of fun for the families out here; it's a good time. It's great because the Commanding General is actually putting it together, letting people on base and building the camaraderie. I see a lot of smiling faces”.

The auto exhibitors put a lot of work into their vehicle, not just for the show, but because they want to improve their rides any way they can.

“I've put months of work into my baby,” Griffis said. “It's been quite a bit of work. I'm always looking for cars that are clean and have a fast motor in it. I go for speed.”

The show brought the Combat Center community out to see some cool cars, tricked out bikes and some big trucks. Alongside the showcase was also an assortment of military vehicles for spectators to enjoy. Yucca Valley Chrysler was also on scene offering test drives and giveaways. 

“It's just awesome,” Santiago said. “We've been smiling all day. So it's been a lot of fun. I just love it all. I'm an enthusiast for anything with wheels and motors. This is my environment.”

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