Cars and Coffee in Chino Hills going strong amid pandemic

Terry Henson of the Route 66 Mustang Club shows off his customized 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 at the Cars and Coffee meet up Sunday in Chino Hills. With many other local car shows still shut down during the pandemic, the weekly event draws large crowds from throughout Southern California. / photo by Kaitlin Handler
Terry Henson of the Route 66 Mustang Club shows off his customized 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 at the Cars and Coffee meet up Sunday in Chino Hills. With many other local car shows still shut down during the pandemic, the weekly event draws large crowds from throughout Southern California. / photo by Kaitlin Handler

Sumiko Rudisky
Staff Writer

Chino Hills is hosting a fun and relaxed car show event, featuring different vehicles from hot rods to customs, antiques and more, from 7 a.m to 9 a.m. every Sunday at 4195 Chino Hills Parkway, outside the Donut Star.

Roughly 100 people showed up Sunday to see about 50 custom and vintage cars that filled  the Woodview Plaza parking lot. 

“It’s not like it’s a show where you have to pay and be in it. We just show up and have coffee and donuts,” said Norm Roberts, owner of a 1929 Ford and resident of Chino Hills.

The Cars and Coffee event has also helped out the local Donut Star by attracting more business to their store. 

“It helps bring more customers in because they come to watch the show,” said Allen Leung, who works at Donut Star.

With different people coming out to show every Sunday, car clubs will occasionally drive out here to show off their vintage cars, such as a club of Corvettes who come on occasion. 

It has also become a popular place for people in the classic car community to spend some time together, to exchange ideas, parts and more. 

While most large-scale car shows and swap meets have had to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been coming out to Chino Hills to show off their cars and sell or exchange cars and car parts. 

“People buy and sell cars here too, said Guy Roubian, owner of a 1935 Ford and Ontario resident. “Parts are getting harder and harder to find (for) the old cars,”

Cars filled up the parking spaces, backed in with their hoods facing out, popped open for people to look at the engine, as everyone walked around and hung out with friends. 

As the morning went on, more people showed up, filling the parking lot with different style cars, from antiques to some newer speed cars. There was even a car from the 1920s in perfect condition. 

Some people showed up without a car to show – just to enjoy the event. 

“Because of COVID there are no (major) car shows, so we come here to see some cars,” said John Roubian, owner of a 1934 Ford, and resident of Ontario.

Sumiko Rudisky can be reached at sumiko.rudisky@laverne.edu.

A line up of vintage and custom cars stand outside Donut Star on Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills on Sunday. The weekly Cars and Coffee event draws visitors from throughout the region. / photo by Kaitlin Handler
A line up of vintage and custom cars stand outside Donut Star on Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills on Sunday. The weekly Cars and Coffee event draws visitors from throughout the region. / photo by Kaitlin Handler
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