San Jose Car & Truck Show set for Aug. 15

The fifth annual San Jose Car & Truck Show, postponed four months ago by the coronavirus pandemic, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Dupont Station Shopping Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event, originally planned for April 4, promises to be the biggest one yet with Key Buick GMC Hyundai Genesis and North Florida Lincoln returning as presenting sponsors of this fundraiser for the Bishop John J. Snyder Community Center at San Jose Apartments for seniors. Dupont Station is located at 6271 St. Augustine Road.

The San Jose Apartments board of directors and staff have also secured support from additional sponsors in an effort to reach their goal of $20,000 in total funding raised from the five shows during its 20th anniversary in 2020.

The community center, located between HUD-assisted San Jose Apartments I and II on Galicia Road, was named in honor of the late Bishop John J. Snyder. Many of the activities and services for the senior residents are held at the center. The complex is managed by Family Housing Management Company for the Diocese of St. Augustine.

There’ll be several classic American and foreign vehicles at this year’s show – like the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (left), 1965 Mustang convertible and 1966 Volkswagen Beetle seen above at last year’s event. (photo by Joe DeSalvo)

“We are looking forward to the support for this year’s show,’’ said Alma Ballard, executive director/management agent of Family Housing Management Company. “The safety of all is our utmost importance.  This will be an open-space event following social-distancing guidelines.

“The community’ support is needed as we all weave our way amongst this pandemic,’’ Ballard said. “The most vulnerable — our seniors — need your support for social services that are not HUD funded and funds to sustain the John J. Snyder Community Center.’’ 

According to Ballard, attendees are encouraged to wear face masks, and hand sanitizer stations will be available around the venue.

The five automotive brands from Lynch Automotive Group and will be represented at the show with several 2020 and 2021 models for guests to test drive while checking out the show field. Car interiors will be sanitized after each test drive.

Joining the car show as a gold sponsor is A-Coin & Stamp Gallery, located at 6217 St. Augustine Road. Owner Bill Hatchett is a rare coin and currency expert who has served Jacksonville for more than 40 years. He’s also a car enthusiast and sponsor of the Best of Show award.

Walsh Investment Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors is the show’s silver sponsor. Louis V. Walsh, IV, CFA is Managing Director — Investments for the practice and a firm believer in giving back to the community.

And joining the show as a bronze sponsor is the Kathy Scott Insurance Agency. The State Farm agent and her team are located at 6026 University Blvd. West. As part of its sponsorship, Kathy Scott Insurance Agency will make a donation to the Bishop Snyder Center for each auto-insurance quote requested by attendees. The agency is also the sponsor of the Best Mustang award.

Returning as sponsor of the People’s Choice Award is the Mandarin Krispy Kreme store.

The San Jose Apartment board is also pleased to have the following businesses and individuals join Krispy Kreme as award sponsors:

• Trad’s Pest Control: Best Classic American (Pre-1970).

• IMC (an independent telecom agency): Best Modern Era Car.

• Jason Miller, attorney, Morgan & Morgan: Best Truck.

• San Jose Apartments Board of Directors: Best Corvette.

• Jim & Joyce Dolan: Best Classic Foreign (Pre-1970).

Other classes to be judged at the show: Best European; Best European (Pre-1970); and Best Truck (Pre-1970).

Joining the show this year as a judge is Chris Brewer, director of public relations for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and organizer of the Jacksonville Car Culture.

Brewer will be joined by returning judges Dan Scanlan of the Florida Times-Union, and Bill Bortzfield, of WJCT. Both are veteran automotive enthusiasts and journalists.

The show is free for visitors, while day-of-show vehicle registration is $25. There will be a DJ and plenty of door prizes given away.

For more information, contact board president and show coordinator Joe DeSalvo at joe@thedesalvos.net or (904) 616-8095.

Key Buick GMC Hyundai Genesis and North Florida Lincoln are back as presenting sponsors for the fifth year and will have several new models at the San Jose Car & Truck Show. (photo by Joe DeSalvo)