Saturday, May 28 , 2016, 4:54 pm | Partly Cloudy with Haze 65º




Woodies at the Beach Revs Up Vintage Car Crowd and Fans of Panel Discussion

SBCC hosts scores of classic station wagons as 14th annual show raises money for local charities

By Shaun Kahmann, Noozhawk Intern | @NoozhawkNews |

The Santa Barbara Woodie Club pulled into the west campus of Santa Barbara City College on Saturday to show off retro wood-panel station wagons while raffling off prizes to raise money for charity.

The 14th annual Woodies at the Beach event gathered local vintage car enthusiasts from around Santa Barbara to celebrate the fearsome, partially woodworked sports cars of the past. West campus was lined with roughly 90 vintage station wagons with club members and visitors pooling around car owners for model information.

“Woodies” are cars with real bodywork made from wood, usually with visible wooden exteriors or paneling.

Santa Barbara chapter president Bill Sampson said he got into woodies when he and his wife bought a 1948 Mercury in 2002. Sampson has since developed a love for the cars and has served as president three times since 2009.

“Fun,” he told Noozhawk. “That’s all you need to know about woodies.”

“The members of this community become like family to you. Ultimately, if we do make money, we donate all of it to local charities.”

Saturday’s event benefited several local nonprofit organizations, including Unity Shoppe, which supports at-risk families with the help of 300 county affiliates. Tom Reed, executive director of Unity Shoppe, praised the Woodie Club as one of its most gracious donors.

“The people of the Woodie Club have great hearts,” he said. “Not only do they put on wonderful shows, but they contribute to the great effort of helping the community.”

Among the cars on display was a 1950 Mercury Woody outfitted as a police squad car and a 1924 Dodge Brothers C-Cab.

One car in particular, a 1948 Ford Woody, belonged to Michael Gabriel and his wife, Chris. With a stock V8 engine and six-volt system, it was one of the few unrestored vehicles at the show.

“We drive ours around, so it’s a bit more ratty than the other cars,” Gabriel said with a laugh. “Some of these other cars have all new parts, but this one is totally original — as it was when it rolled off the assembly line.”

The public also participated in silent raffles for prizes that included a surfboard, artwork, jewelry and automotive apparel. In addition to Unity Shoppe, proceeds benefited World Dance for Humanity, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and a $1,000 automotive technology scholarship for SBCC.

The National Woodie Club has 18 affiliates nationwide, including Santa Barbara. Click here for more information.

Noozhawk intern Shaun Kahmann can be reached at [email protected]. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.




Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

 

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.