By Kathe Malouf
Special to the Sun
Kern River Valley residents are invited to a free car show that will not only put them up close with some nostalgic top fuel cars, but will give them an opportunity to help out the local Sheriff’s Activity League and their newly launched auto shop program.
The one-day show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Canebrake ranch of organizer Lanny Trefz starting at 9 a.m. The show is open to the public.
Trefz has been hosting the annual show for the past 7 years and said he draws about 60 to 70 vintage vehicles along with 200 to 300 people coming out to look at and listen to the assortment of California fuel cars.
Entry to the car show is free; however, a fee will be charged for the barbecue lunch and any raffle drawing tickets.
This year, the car show and lunch will benefit the Kern River Valley SAL program, specifically the auto shop that SAL coordinator Josh Cain recently started. Along with donating this year’s proceeds, Trefz is asking car show participants to bring good, used tools that will be donated to SAL’s auto shop program.
Trefz said he coordinates the annual car show in conjunction with the birthday celebration of a well-known name in the racing world: Ed Iskydarian, who Trefz describes as a legend and pioneer in the racing circle of hot-rodders.
It will be Iskydarian’s 97th birthday, and Trefz said the guest of honor will be attending Saturday’s birthday bash and car show.
Iskydarian, or Isky, has been given the nickname of “Camfather” for his advancements in the the design and production of racing camshafts that have been used in the drag racing circles as well as by stock and street rod enthusiasts.
Trefz owns and operates LTR Racing Engines and said he learned about the SAL auto shop program after reading an article in the Kern Valley Sun. The more he learned about it, the more he wanted to help out, leading him to his decision to donate the proceeds from the Sept. 8 car show and birthday bash to SAL.
Trefz said he expects this year’s car show and birthday bash will attract hundreds of car enthusiasts who want to come out and enjoy the gathering of hot rods, vintage vehicles and top fuel cars along with their owners.
Trefz’s ranch is located across from the former Canebrake Café, and directional signs will be posted on Hwy. 178.