A Father’s Day tradition: Vintage car show in Brea brings fathers and families together

The dads and locals of Brea had the chance to enjoy a Father’s Day tradition on Sunday.

The 29th annual Cruising Brea Classic Car Show took place in downtown Brea on Sunday, where classic car fans and owners could walk down Brea Boulevard and check out hundreds of classic automobiles in mint condition.

For Robert Maldonado, his passion for classic cars began after the death of his father. Maldonado told CBSLA reporter Tena Ezzeddine that he took it upon himself to whip his dad’s classic pickup truck.

“After he passed, he sat in my mother’s driveway for about 20 years before I could make (an) investment,” Ezzeddine said. “I just wanted to do it in memory of my father.”

Maldonado certainly did his dad proud, turning the “55 ride” into a candy apple red beauty.

When this classic car show started 29 years ago, there were only 40 cars. Today nearly 300 were on display on Sunday and car enthusiasts must register in advance if they wish to display their cars.

“It got so big that we had to eliminate modern cars and only allow classics again,” said Jaime Fifeld.

For others like Heather Ford, she’s there to hang out with her dad and talk about all the hot rods on display.

“I love coming here because I can hang out with my dad, go through each car and talk about the details of each car and his memories,” Ford said.

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