April 11 at 7:43am

Heartbeat Classics car show to raise funds for ICS

The Heartbeat Classic Car Club has a heart for Interfaith Community Services.

For the last five years, the club has donated proceeds from its annual Heartbeat Happening Car Show to Interfaith. Over time, those donations exceed $18,400.

ICS will again be the beneficiary of this year’s Heartbeat Happening show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center.

More than 300 restored cars and trucks are expected to be exhibited, said club President Mark Pilch. That’s up from previous years.

“This is the first time we’re giving away T-shirts with (the first 250) registrations, so we’re expecting a lot more cars,” said Pilch. “In past years, we had a date conflict with (another) car show. They changed their date this year.”

A disc jockey will play music of the 1950s and ‘60s to set the nostalgic mood for the event. Prizes will be awarded for trivia challenges and raffles. Trophies will be presented to top vehicles. Host club members will not be eligible for trophies.

“We’re probably one of the top three or four car shows in San Diego County. Everybody likes to come out,” said Pilch. “People are supportive (of Interfaith). Last year we gave $4,500. We’re shooting to do better this year.”

The show is being held in conjuction with the Spring Fling Arts ’n Crafts Fair at Bates, making for full day of activity for visitors. About 80 artisans will display and sell their one-of-a-kind creations.

The Bates site at 15954 Woods Valley Road has plenty of room to provide parking for the classic cars as well anyone interested in the car show, the crafts fair and/or the Valley Center Lions Club pancake breakfast, which will run from 7 to 10 a.m. A barbecue will be held during the car show.

Admission is free to the car show and crafts fair. There will be a charge for food and raffles.

The Heartbeat Classic club was founded in 1997 by a group of North County Chevy
enthusiasts. It recently dropped the Chevy affiliation from its name to be more inclusive to car buffs. About 35 classic vehicles are owned by club members, many of them couples.

Information and entry forms for the show can be found at www.heartbeatclassicchevys.com or by calling Pilch at 760-221-6869, Cathy Lewis, 760-297-1501, or Joan Schneider, 760-931-8411.