It's a given that every December you're looking forward to spending time with family and loved ones and hopefully getting a bit of a break from work/school, at least for a few days (what's that like? Sounds awesome...) What you might not be thinking about, however, are the less fortunate who don't have the means to enjoy the holiday season the way you or I might. And if you have kids, you can relate to just how tough a lack of funds can be this time of year. That's exactly why NorCal's standout crews, ATS*Garage and Plus ONE, teamed up over a decade ago to throw a free car meet with a very important caveat.
Though the parking spots are free and anyone can join in on the annual event, whether you drive an import, domestic, Euro, or lowrider, the organizers request you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the less fortunate. The toys are then gathered and, with the help of the local fire department, distributed to boys and girls in need. It's a great program the community stands behind and one that continues to grow in participation.
The cars that come out for the event are street, show, and race builds and some you'll no doubt recognize. Here's a quick recap of the cars on hand, thanks to our NorCal triggerman, Jimmy Nguyen.
This boosted black Celica from Endless Projects looked to be in pristine condition, complete with Work Meister M1R wheels and Recaro buckets.
We took a closer look at Huy's K24-powered seventh-gen. Civic earlier this year and as of this event it's looking better than ever.
Always nice to have a few of these little monsters hanging around
What the annual event is all about—with the help of the local fire department, these toys will make their way to some very happy children.
ATS AJ's long-term GS-R build has gone through countless changes over the years but its latest iteration is by far the best.
Haven't had anything to complain about in the last 10 minutes? Here's a pair of LS-swapped RX-7s to get you going again...
Around this time last year, we did a story on William Estrada's '69 Corolla and it's good to see it still hitting the streets.
Very clean and subtle Mitsubishi Evo with a Sheepey Built front-mount intercooler peering through the front bumper.
From the outside, you'd be hard pressed to find a cleaner 510 sedan. And once you look under the hood, it gets even better.