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    Fallbrook Vintage Car Club highlights Camp Pendleton historic landmark

    Fallbrook Vintage Car Club highlights Camp Pendleton historic landmark

    Photo By Cpl. Alison Dostie | Jim Krogle, a professional artist, takes reference photos of cars with the Fallbrook...... read more read more



    Story by Cpl. Alison Dostie 

    Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

    Members with the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club (FVCC) made an appearance at the Santa Margarita Ranch House on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 20, 2023. The club shot photos they will utilize to create a poster announcing their annual car show. Each year the club identifies a historic landmark within the Fallbrook area to feature as a backdrop for the poster.

    “Fallbrook Vintage Car Club is a home town car club that has survived for over 68 years. A longevity found in very few, if any, car clubs,” said Michael McGuire, the vice president of FVCC. “Our original founders came from some of the early founding families of Fallbrook and others were returning World War II Marines who decided to settle out west.”

    The FVCC hit the pavement in the late 1950’s and started with members only owning various Model A vehicles. The original 10 founding members of the club/FVCC had only one scheduled event, the Memorial Day car show. The car show has continued to grow each year and is currently the longest running car show west of the Mississippi, and the longest running charitable event in Fallbrook.

    “Our poster has its roots in the history of Fallbrook, Bonsall and Rainbow,” said McGuire. "Each of the 37 posters commissioned, depicts a site, historical or existing, exclusive to our area. These posters have become collectable.”

    The first poster for the club’s car show was created in 1985. The art featured is a painting, most recently done by Jim Krogle, a professional artist hired by the club. Each year a selected group of cars from the group gather to take reference photos to later be used in the poster painting. This year the selected location was the Santa Margarita Ranch House, a commonly recognized landmark on Camp Pendleton.

    “The people of Fallbrook have a strong connection with Camp Pendleton and the Ranch,” said McGuire. “FVCC's desire to continue placing historical sites on our poster drew us to the Ranch House. We hope that more people will become aware of the historical sites on Camp Pendleton with the purchase of our 38th annual posters.”

    The Santa Margarita Ranch House was originally the home of Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California. Once established as a Marine Corps base in 1942, the ranch house was then the home of 35 general officers. The ranch house, although now unoccupied, displays multiple exhibits curated by Base History and Museum Division. The complex offers tours to small groups and is often used as a venue for events and meetings.

    “Encouraging events like the poster shoot are important to Camp Pendleton and the Santa Margarita Ranch House National Historic Site by keeping our veterans and the public aware of the history evidenced here,” said Faye Jonason, the History and Museum Division director with Training, Operations and Plans, Marine Corps Installations West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “Care of history and its artifacts is accomplished by researching history's many aspects, exhibiting and discussing it and keeping it a part of day-to-day life, which the resulting poster will help accomplish...”

    The Santa Margarita Ranch House, still at the heart of the ranch and Marine Corps life on base, is a vital part of history in the North County San Diego region and Camp Pendleton. The poster will be featured at the 56th Annual Fallbrook Vintage Car Show. The event on Memorial Day Weekend will raise money in support of youth organizations, senior and civic organizations, as well as military groups.



    Date Taken: 01.31.2023
    Date Posted: 02.03.2023 12:16
    Story ID: 437586
    Location: CAMP PENDLETON, CA, US 

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