VACAVILLE — Colorful vintage cars sat shining in the sun Saturday, luring passersby at Nut Tree Plaza to support a local organization.
The car show sponsored by Cook’s Collision transformed the parking lot near Fenton’s Creamery into a brilliant display of low-riders, dune buggies and vintage pickups.
A couple of kids examined the sidecar of a Jelly Belly motorcycle with their father and grandfather nearby.
It reminds them of the movie “Cars,” said Domenico Campagnola, who noticed the car show while shopping with his children and father.
“We’re Italian, and we don’t have these kind of (events),” he said. The family is visiting the area from Rome.
Visitors to the car show could make a donation to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, which has a local chapter in Fairfield.
Proceeds will help the organization purchase materials, such as brochures and newsletters, and fund its educational classes, said event chairwoman Yolanda Garcia-Martinez. The organization is planning a 12-week program designed to help families understand mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression.
“A lot of families, on account of stigma, can’t talk about (mental illness) or know what to do,” said Helen Michetti, a teacher for NAMI’s Family-to-Family program. “Mostly, what we are doing is helping the families and breaking the stigma,” she said.
Saturday’s car show raised more than $1,300 for the nonprofit, which also offers a support group twice a month in Fairfield.
Event organizer Dustin Dutiot, an estimator for Cook’s Collision, was pleased with the turnout.
“We got lucky and had a lot of people come down,” said Dutiot, who arranged the event with the support of friends, local car clubs and businesses.
For more information on NAMI of Solano, visit the website www.namisolanocounty.org.
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