When we think of police and cars, we envision a cruiser pulling up behind us, and sometimes unfortunately, we see the flashing lights.
But on Saturday, classic car buffs and owners of sleek vehicles will have a chance to pull over and admire the vintage cars and street machines during the inaugural Mesa Public Safety Foundation’s Wheels’N’Wings Charity Car Show.
Beginning at 7 a.m., the gates will open at the Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Road in Mesa for the car owners. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There’s room for 225 vehicles of all makes and models to enter at a cost of $15 per vehicle, a cost that will include dash plaques and trophies for the top cars — the People’s Choice Awards voted on by the showgoers themselves.
But car owners are urged to hurry — there’s just a little bit of space left. So far, there’s already 200 cars that have registered for the event, said Barb McReynolds, special projects coordinator for the Mesa Police Department.
Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by numerous auto-related businesses throughout the East Valley, benefit projects for the Mesa police and fire departments such as for education and equipment as well as to provide financial assistance to injured or disabled public safety officials and their families.
“It’s kind of like a big circle,” McReynolds said. “The public supports the foundation and the foundation supports the police and fire departments. We’re hoping to see the limit of 225 cars at the event. We have a variety of cars in the show going all the way back to the 1930s and two jet dragsters. People can look at the cars and the vintage aircraft at the museum and enjoy the day.”
A replica of the battleship, the USS Arizona also will be on display at the show.
There also will be 23 different vendors present as well as various food carts and law enforcement organizations such as Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which helps take care of families of officers killed in the line of duty.
“We’re hoping to see a lot of people come out to check out the cars and the vintage aircraft,” McReynolds said. “It’ll be a fun time.”
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