The Drifters Car Club So Cal has a long history of community involvement that runs back through the founding of the club. We engage with many communities in Southern California, particularly the cities of Temecula and Murrieta. Our current co-chairs are Ted Carli and Cindy Helmstead.
How did the club start?
The club was founded by Pat Vesey in 1996. Pat grew up in the San Fernando Valley, having a love of cars and the automobile lifestyle. For Pat, car clubs were just cool!
That love of cars and the desire to be part of a cool car club, pushed Pat toward the creation of the Drifters Car Club So Cal. The club’s first car show back in 1997 was so successful that the City of Temecula wanted to continue the event. Pat then met Ray Waite and formed the P&R Foundation as a non-profit which sponsored the semi-annual Temecula Rod Run. Today the Temecula Rod Run takes place in Feburary or March, the fall event is now the Murrieta Rod Run which is a signature event for the city of Murrieta. The Drifters volunteers run nearly everything at this event and support other events in Southern California with volunteers and attendance.
All proceeds from the annual Murrieta Rod Run go to Oak Grove Center for Education and the Arts, a local charity center that serves our at-risk youth.