Seventy classic cars and hot rods filled the lodge’s parking lot during inaugural event

ATASCADERO — Classic car lovers of all ages headed out to the Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733’s First Annual Classic Car Show on Father’s Day, June 19. The car show took place from 9 a.m. to noon and was held in the Atascadero Elks parking lot on El Camino Real.

“Attendance for the car show was better than we expected,” said Exalted Ruler Susan Marple. “Well over 150 people in all [showed up].”

In total, there were 70 classic cars and hot rods filling the parking lot. And residents who decided to show off their fancy cars were given a T-shirt by the Elks for participating. 


“We had a free raffle for fathers to enter. The prizes were an ice cooler with snacks, a large camping chair, and local wine,” added Marple. “Everyone enjoyed the food, the prizes, the beautiful cars, and Father’s Day with friends and family.”

There were also breakfast burritos for the attendees who made their way out to the car show, and the Elks celebrated our local veterans by providing their burritos for free. 

“We wanted everyone to enjoy the car show. Spend time with family and friends that they hadn’t seen in a while. And to welcome people into our lodge,” continued Marple. “Cars started arriving by 7:15, and people were still enjoying themselves well past noon. This was a day to show off cars, celebrate dads, honor our veterans, and see old friends. I was so proud of our Elk volunteers for a job well done.”

Marple went on to say that though this was the first car show put on by Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733, the feedback from the community was excellent and that there are plans to continue on with car shows in the future. 

“We are hoping to have another car show and barbecue in September,” she said. “The positive response we got from those who attended and the great efforts of [Esteemed Loyal Knight] Ronnie Maxwell makes me confident we will do this again next Father’s Day as well.”