Fort Irwin, Calif. -- Contestants showcased the horsepower under their car hoods at the Fort Irwin, California first annual car show hosted by 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment on Apr. 8.
"I'm a car guy and I enjoy my cars in my garage," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chris Donnelly, 1st Squadrons maintenance technician and coordinator of the event. "A lot of people here probably never get their cars out of the garage, and today we got to enjoy a day of cars."
The entire Fort Irwin community was invited to view the variety of cars on display, which included categories of modern, classic, trucks, and motorcycles. There was food, raffles, and an overall feeling of support for the soldiers and the community.
"I enjoyed the wide variety of cars and camaraderie here," said David Johnson who is the National Training Center voting assistance officer. "I came out here to support the troops and enter my car into the show." Johnson brought out his black on black 2012 Nissan 370 Z NISMO.
Despite the windy weather in the morning, the overall turnout was a success. As the weather calmed down, more patrons came out to vote for their favorite cars while eating fresh tacos, crisp candy apples, grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, and many other delights.
"We have been coordinating this event for 3 months, and it turned out to be a friendly family event with smiles everywhere," said 1st Lt. Daniel Parr, 1st Squadron maintenance officer who also coordinated the event. "The Regiment is about us being soldiers and always remembering our greater cause which is to take care of our family."
"I've always had a passion for cars and look forward to participating in more car shows here," said Sgt. 1st Class John Livingston from 2nd Squadron, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop. Livingston entered his 2013 Porsche Panamera S, 2005 Chevy Corvette twin turbo and 2010 Chevy Corvette ZR1, which won first place in the modern cars category.
The Fort Irwin community can look forward to future car shows as 1st Squadron plans to host more here.