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We are family centered Southern California Classic Car Club where our members enjoy an enthusiastic passion for classic automobiles and welcome anyone with like interests to come join us.

The late Pat Vesey — former Winchester resident, Ford-lover and co-founder of the Temecula Rod Run and founder of the Murrieta Rod Run — created the Drifters of Southern California in the early 1990s. Back then, it was mostly a coffee shop group with members sharing car tips and recommendations for good mechanics. Pat’s dream was to help youths who face challenges and learn to overcome them. Today, the club has grown to over 700 members of men and women. We engage with many communities in Southern California, particularly the cities of Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Canyon Lake, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and North San Diego County towns.

As a club member you may find yourself Participating & Engaging in many charitable and community minded events throughout the calendar year. The Drifters support Children, Veterans, The Elderly, Health stricken shut-ins, Food-Drives and provide Leadership and Volunteers for Murrieta’s Annual Rod Run Car Show.


Over the past 10 years The Drifters Car club has been the driving “Host” force of this beloved charitable car show. The Drifters provide Planning and Logistics, Leadership and “Day of” execution to a single recipient charity, Murrieta’s “Oak Grove Center”. This two-day participant event takes a year of planning where the Drifters membership are behind the scenes preparing to put on the Best Classic Car Show possible. No Drifter is EVER paid for their services. All event tasks are performed within the membership Volunteerism, and we donate all the proceeds of Show revenue to Oak Grove Center. The Murrieta Rod Run will generate over $60K of net proceeds for Oak Grove Center for their work with children.

The Drifters Car Club meet on a regular “bi-monthly” basis, On the 2nd Saturday you can find us meeting in Temecula on Jefferson Ave @ Rosa’s Café and Tortilla Factory @ 8 am and again on the 4th Saturday @ The Cove Bar & Grill @ 8am in Murrieta on Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Our meetings tend to attract pass-by viewers, somewhat similar to a Car Show.

There are No Dues and No Rules!

Our current co-chairs are Wayne Powell and Bonnie Heinrich. For more info, go to


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Registration Opens: April 1st at 8am

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