With a takeover of the Marina Green and lower First Street, show promoters are gearing up for an event that brings classic car owners, enthusiasts and those who just enjoy wandering through to view pre-1976 cars and trucks.

Put on by the Benicia High School Marching Band Boosters, the popular annual Benicia Classic Car Show draws visitors from all over the Bay Area and beyond, for a fun day of music, competition, and perusing the many classic vehicles on display Saturday, April 29, 9am-3pm. Show plaques will be awarded for numerous categories voted on by other entrants.

For their 25th anniversary celebration, band boosters are incorporating some new items into the annual event at Benicia’s waterfront. "We are so excited that Mr. Dalt Williams, who started the car show 25 years ago, will be presenting a new category—the Founders Award—to his personal favorite car the day of the show,” says show director Brian Haywood. The boosters are also adding a Kid’s Choice Award for their favorite car, with a section (and award) for BHS students who want to enter. Students are not confined to classic cars; they can bring any car they would like to have judged.

Also included are a beer and wine garden area, food and merchandise vendor area, and one of the smaller BHS bands playing during the day. A DJ will be on hand playing music from the 1950s and 60s. Lodged between the waterfront First Street shops, car show attendees are invited to peruse downtown’s many retail shops and restaurants.

The family-oriented event is free and open to the public, and all proceeds go to support the award-winning Benicia High School Panther Marching Band program.