After a two-year hiatus forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Knights of Columbus Council 11137 brought back its annual St. Patrick’s Day car show for the ninth year Saturday at St. Louis de Montfort Church in Orcutt. .
More than 150 vehicles of seemingly all makes, models, years and countries of origin – including trucks and motorcycles – rolled through the parking lot and sports field of the church and school, drawing hundreds of spectators to watch immaculate interiors and impeccable engines under the hoods as they talked about “cars” with owners.
Exotics and late-model foreign-branded sports cars sat alongside classic Detroit iron, 1950s hot rods and 1960s muscle cars during the “It’s About Time” show, which aptly drew a DeLorean, the “time machine” car from the “Back to the Future” film franchise.
The show also attracted a few rarely seen “quirky” vehicles, like a 1960 Messerschmitt, and a whole pride of Mercury Cougars that lined up side by side, engines exposed to display their power.
Music from Unfinished Business provided the soundtrack for spectators who also toured vendor booths and public safety exhibits and entered into a 50/50 draw.
Admission was free for spectators, but car entry and vendor fees contributed to the Knights of Columbus scholarship fund and youth programs.
Over the past eight auto shows, the Knights of Columbus has raised more than $30,000 to fund scholarships for students at St. Louis de Montfort Elementary School and St. Joseph High School.
Photos: Knights of Columbus celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with power in Orcutt