PS Classics: Cruisin’ Through The Years

If there’s any city in the world who knows how to throw a classic car parade, it’s Palm Springs.

And for me personally, leaving the city soon, it was an excellent way to end an already amazing season.

Incorporated in April 1938, this year marks the city’s 85th anniversary.

And what better way to celebrate than to lineup 85 classic cars, one representing each year since the city’s incorporation in an attempt to achieve a new world record.

FUN FACT: The Guinness Book of World Records was on hand as no city has ever accomplished the feat of having so many cars marking 85 years in one place! Canadian owned Jim Pattison Group purchased the GWR organization in 2008.  Coincidentally, my sister works for this group owned by Vancouver business magnate, Jim Pattison.

Many famous faces were sitting inside the cars.  These photos are in no particular order.

I met Bill who owns this car – a ’52 MG TD. I think this must be the year that history making supermodel Beverly Johnson was born.
Supermodel Beverly Johnson with her fiancé, Brian Maillian.  Photo: d. king

And then there was Nancy Sinatra as the official celebrity grand marshall for the parade.  It doesn’t get more Palm Springs glamorous than that!

Nancy Sinatra with her daughter Amanda. Photo: d. king
We walked by Peepa’s store window on the way to the event. Vintage Palm Springs Life Magazine with Nancy Sinatra on the cover.

“Our 85th Anniversary Classic Car Parade & Show is sure to go down in the history books,” organizer and founder of Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions Keith McCormick said. “No other city that I know of has ever had 85 cars representing 85 years all in one place.”

Local Drag Celebrity Bella da Ball
Local Celeb Alison Martino (her dad was Al Martino) in a vintage Rolls Royce

Attendees were encouraged to photograph themselves with the vehicle representing the year they were born.

The Opening Ceremony began at noon in front of the Forever Marilyn statue with Ava Lynn Thuresson, recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice”, singing the National Anthem. She was amazing.

It ended with an Elton John tribute band in the downtown park.  Kenny Metcalf (as Elton) played piano, sang the classics and was really, really good.

Somehow in all the excitement leading up to the concert I completely forgot about the “dress your pet like your favorite Hollywood celebrity” for the dog costume contest.  Too bad because Layla could’ve gone dressed up as Jane Fonda in Dogarella.

Forever Chic Nelda Linsk from the iconic “Poolside Gossip” photo by Slim Aarons. Photo: d. king
Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons. In photo – Nelda Linsk (in yellow) who owned the home at the time photo was taken with her friend Helen Kaptur.  Capturing the classic Palm Springs laissez faire lifestyle.
Layla wondering why kids are playing in her water park – here at the Elton John Tribute Concert.

Got to give it up for Palm Springs.  The city sure knows how to throw a party.

Photos: d. king