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Car show fundraiser returns for 3rd year at John O’Connell High School

04/25/16

When Jailene Medina started organizing a classic car show at John O’Connell High School, she hoped the event would revitalize the classic car and lowrider culture in the Mission District.

Three years later, the show has exceeded expectations with annual submissions from more than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and souped up bicycles. This year’s “Give Something Back Car Show” will be Sunday, May 1, at John O’Connell High School. Once again, the San Francisco LowRider Council is partnering with the school for the competition.

Students say it’s an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture during Cinco de Mayo weekend in the Mission District and for the community to learn about their school.

“It’s something that a lot of adults enjoy, and youth too,” said Medina, who’s graduating this year. Now Medina is passing on the car show tradition to freshman Devianna Roca.

Medina and Roca both grew up in lowrider families, with Medina’s father owning a 1964 Impala and Roca’s father owning a 1968 Impala, which he plans to enter in the show.

The car show has become a major fundraiser for the school with competition entrance fees, vendor fees and food sales benefiting O’Connell’s afterschool program, student class projects and other activities, said Juan Gallardo, the school’s security guard. Gallardo also helps organize the event as a member of the San Francisco LowRider Council.

“It allows the kids to see the community, and the community to see this school,” he said.

Medina and Roca will help the LowRider Council with judging. This year’s event will give out 10 trophies. Categories include best paint job, best bike and overall best car.

Students at John O'Connell High School

Photo of students Jailene Medina and Devianna Roca (left to right).

When: Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Schoolyard behind John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St. Judging is scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m.