The one activity that never evades the hot rodding and musclecar community is the toy drive at annual car shows. Usually, the entrance fee for such car shows is an unwrapped toy for a kid in need, or a kid who would otherwise not have a Christmas.
It’s always been one of our favorite times of year, just to see the smiles on the faces of those less fortunate than us. We also can’t resist having another reason to get out and cruise in our musclecars.
We caught up with this video on YouTube from such a toy drive last year that was attended by thousands, all coming together for the kids. Motor 4 Toys is put together by gearheads and is in it’s 9th year this holiday season. Last season, John Hotchkis, President of Hotchkis Sport Suspension, and the H-Team gathered about a dozen gearheads to hit the show and take on the cruise that followed.
The show doesn’t discriminate, there were upwards of 5,000 cars gathered from nearly every realm of motoring. From street rods and muscle cars to foreign cars and exotics, they were all there to brighten the lives of children who would normally not have toys for Christmas.
The show began in a parking lot, followed by a cruise that took the show on the road to the hills in Malibu, California, stopping for lunch at Neptune’s Net. After lunch, the gang gathered up again to enjoy the coastline and waves, then on the road for the second half of the cruise. They hit the Malibu mountains again and off to Rock Store, a favorite hangout halfway between Malibu and Calabasas along the famed Mulholland Highway.
It sounds like a great cruise and show for a great cause, and who can resist getting together with other gearheads and cruising the beautiful California coast, let alone Mulholland Highway. We sometimes don’t think about the thousands we put into our rides, when there are kids who might not even get a ten dollar toy for Christmas.
So if you have an opportunity to cruise for the kids and join a show like Motor 4 Toys, there’s no better reason to get out and cruise. We here at Power Automedia wish you a Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year!