It’s the annual cruise to the Alpha Project homeless shelter organized by the legendary Hot Rod Holly and KUSI‘s Dave Stall. Very early on Christmas morning, a couple of dozen classic cars, motorcycles and trucks, including a vintage OMBAC vintage fire truck, drove from the station’s Kearny Mesa studios to the downtown San Diego shelter with a load of clothes and other items to help out those in need. Here are some photos from the cruise.

Holly picked a fun route worthy of Weekend Driver San Diego day trip, heading south on I-15 up the hill from Mission Valley to the University Avenue exit (where the O.B. Davey Studebaker dealership once stood). We then wound through North Park, down one of the narrowest streets in the city, Upas Street, and through a onetime auto dealer and repair shop hotspot, Upas and 30th streets. From there, it was through Hillcrest and down 6th Avenue, crossing the historic Cabrillo Bridge into Balboa Park. We stopped for a few minutes in front of the San Diego Automotive Museum to let the radiators cool off on the truly classic vehicles.

From there, it was down Park Boulevard, past the sadly now demolished (by the Salvation Army!) old Pearson Ford location (by the way, the Chinese restaurant that was for years in the nearly untouched Oscar’s restaurant on the other side of the block is now fenced off; I hope it’s not going to be torn down as well). Our destination was at the Alpha Project, 15th Street and Newton Avenue.

It was a great event; hope to see you there next year! And for those of you who enjoy a white Christmas, snow chains aren’t required.

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