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Winter Drive 2018

The Purist Group once again brings people together to end the year on a perfect note

Big Mike
Dec 12, 2018
Photographer: Bob Hernandez

In 2012, businessman, entrepreneur, and longtime automotive fanatic Sean Lee decided to create and organize a network of like-minded individuals that could work together to better the community around them. The name of that group became the Purist Group, and from its inception the Purists have worked together to positively affect all those around them. That same year the group manifested their positivity by putting together a holiday toy drive that has come to be known as Winter Drive.

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The holiday season is a time of joy for many—with food and toys and gifts swirling all around us, it can easily be forgotten that for those less fortunate, this time of year can prove especially painful. Sean decided years ago to not just think about this unfortunate reality but to do something about it. Sean had a rough childhood and did not experience many happy Christmases, so he simply wanted to brighten up the holidays and help give as many kids as possible a very merry Christmas.

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On December 9th, 2018, the seventh annual Purist Group toy drive and car show was held at the Industry Hills Expo Center in the City of Industry, Calif. This charity event has quickly become one of the most anticipated automotive events of the year, providing attendees the opportunity to see, hear, and study a multitude of vehicles ranging from classic Japanese masterpieces to rare and exotic European supercars, and everything in-between.

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Working with the Los Angeles Police Department, LA County Sheriffs, and the California Highway Patrol, this year's Winter Drive was home to over 100 vendors and 600 display cars. Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and Pagani supercars were on display, as were Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches of all types and styles. One of the most talked about vehicles on display was the JDM legend BLITZ R348 Nissan Skyline. The gathering was eclectic, the vibes positive, and the outcome incredible. Altogether the event brought in over 8,000 people throughout the day and amassed over 10,000 toys and 1,500 backpacks, all to be given to children throughout southern California before Christmas. You simply can't end the year better than that.

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