TRENO to Welcome 20TH Annual Southern California Imperial Owners in January 2019 

Vroom Venue for an Imperial Car Show/Backyard BBQ

Many Tahquitz River Estates neighbors “mark” the New Year with long-time resident “Marc” Hampton. Marc is an Imperialist. He hosts a car show and BBQ in January. Marc drives the event, and fellow Southern California Imperial Owners help with roll out. Think of the event a “concours d’casual” – right here in our neighborhood. 

The event is driven by Marc, an Imperialist, and it’s crewed by fellow Southern California Imperial Owners. 

Marc’s home is the gathering place for vehicle check-in and a backyard BBQ. The City of Palm Springs closes South Hermosa Drive a block in each direction from East San Lorenzo Road so that cars can be carefully positioned along both sides of the street. 

Members of groups like Great Autos of Yesteryear, Western Region Lincoln and Continental Owners Club, Southern California Region Cadillac & LaSalle Club, and the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) are invited to attend, and they are encouraged to drive their vintage or classic car, Imperial or not, and be a part of the “mini car show.” 

There’s no charge to view the incredible collection of cars. Some of the vehicles on display are in the same, or better, condition than when they left the production line. Each car is 'staged'—errant bits of dirt or pebbles removed from the tire treads, and bits of grass or mud wiped from the under-carriage. And, of course, show cars are dusted frequently to keep a flawless appearance while on display. 

Early on, the event attracted 10 or 15 people and about half as many automobiles. Today you can expect to see upwards of 50 cars and more than 150 people – including club members, classic car owners and armchair enthusiasts. 

The backyard BBQ is a fundraiser. For a donation of $20, you get access to a help yourself buffet of juicy burgers and perfectly seasoned chicken -- outdoor grilled, no less, by the pool. Plenty of beverages, hors d'oeuvres, side dishes, salads and desserts round out the meal. The food is donated by members, so all proceeds from the BBQ – except for the $400 fee charged by the City for the event permit and “road closed” signs – go directly to the Imperial club and are used to cover annual operating costs.

We’ll post information on Nextdoor about the 2019 event as we get closer to January. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from previous events.