Cruisin’ For a Cure Custom Car Show and the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Edelbrock joins the fight against prostate cancer at the 2019 Cruisin’ For a Cure show at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds. Check out the gallery of some of our favorites from the cruise.
Video: Evelynn Luna

Cruising is fun but when you can cruise for a good cause, it’s even better. Cruisin’ For a Cure is the annual car show that Edelbrock is proud to participate in as one of the event’s major sponsors. Event founder Debbie Baker and her team have been keeping this SoCal show going for nearly 20 years and with the number of participants now totaling over 3,500, Cruisin’ For a Cure is holding onto its title as the biggest one-day charity car show in the world.

Edelbrock Flathead Ford heads
Edelbrock heads for Ford Flatheads are cast in our foundry with A356-T6 aluminum and are still available featuring the original script logo.

Cruisin’ For a Cure helps to raise money for the continuing fight against prostate cancer, the most common cancer among men. All funds and donations raised at Cruisin’ For a Cure go directly to the KSK Cancer Center of Irvine, CA, for their prostate cancer research program. One of the unique attractions at this show is the mobile examination room which is located within the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds where men are screened for PSA (prostate-specific antigens) count at no charge. Baker, who lost her husband several years ago to prostate cancer, says that over 10,000 men have been tested at the show and hundreds of lives have been saved thanks to early detection.

2019 Cruisin’ For a Cure Best of Show winner
The 2019 Cruisin’ For a Cure Best of Show winner was Richard Fay with his candy-apple red 1937 Ford.
Photo: Cruisin’ For a Cure
Photo: Cruisin’ For a Cure

The entire workforce for this non-profit organization is made up of volunteers from all walks of life who are dedicated to the cause of saving men from prostate cancer. Staffing the show with volunteers assures that none of the proceeds need to go to the show promoter or to cover administrative costs. “We do this for prostate cancer,” says Baker. “Everybody loves to come here, get tested and have fun with their cars.”

'56 Chevy Nomad with Edelbrock engine at 2019 Cruisin' For a Cure
We had to stop and admire this beautiful Chevy Nomad with dual Edelbrock carbs, Performer RPM intake and matching valve covers and air cleaner!

As with shows of the past, hundreds of prizes were donated to the Cruisin’ show raffle with all proceeds going straight to the cause. More than 80 awards were handed out this year with Richard Fay’s candy red 1937 Ford taking the prestigious Best of Show honors. The Edelbrock marketing team was working the show and grabbed some photos of a few of our favorites. Scroll through the gallery below and take a look at what you missed. And guys, if you’re over 40 and weren’t able to attend Cruisin’ For a Cure, be sure to see your personal doctor soon and get screened.

Arlen Ness Motorcycles Harley Hauler van
Arlen Ness Motorcycles made it out again this year with the “Harley Hauler” chopped-top van and Arlen’s last bike build “Old School” on display at Cruisin’ For a Cure. Arlen, a true visionary in the custom V-twin world, passed away earlier this year on March 22, 2019.
Show cars at 2019 Cruising' For a Cure
Displaying the classic show trunk.
Edelbrock at 2019 Cruisin For a Cure
A small-block Chevy with Performer RPM heads and Pro-Flo 4 EFI on display in front of the Edelbrock Big Red rig.
Flathead hot rod at 2019 Cruisin' For a Cure
Old school block logo script Flathead heads are also available, also cast and machined by Edelbrock in the USA.
Pierce Arrow at Cruise
The Archer taking aim.
Gold Ford F-100 at 2019 Cruisin' For a Cure
Dual Edelbrock EnduraShine Performer carbs under the hood of a gold F-100 was getting a lot of attention.