Classic Charity - Involved in the Local Community
Isn't it nice to give back to your community? Over the past few years, Classic Chariots has taken part in and hosted several events in an effort to give back to our community and our local military. From sponsoring events like the MCAS Miramar air show, Camp Pendleton’s “Kids First” fair, and Oceanside Harbor Days to donating to our local schools and charities, all year 'round we try to help the local community in San Diego County. We don’t want to be just another car dealership in San Diego – we want to be an active and giving part of the local community. Thank you for being there for us, we'll be there for you!
Looking for upcoming events? Click here: UPCOMING EVENTS
To find out more information and see pictures of the events feel free to check out the links below!
Classic Chariots 8th Annual Winter Festival
Vista, December 12th, 2016.
2016 Oceanside Operation Apperciation Day
Oceanside Pier, May 21st, 2016.
Oceanside Business Expo
QLN Conference Center, Oceanside, California.
Vista Christmas Parade, a Seussical Good Time
Classic Chariots was very happy to take part in Vista Christmas Parade, a Seussical Good Time at Downtown Vista, CA. The parade theme was Dr. Seuss, and we had our chariots pulled by our Smart Car. We also lend out truck to Little Miss Pride of Vista and Court, and it was a good time! Classic Chariots looks forward to participate in other local events.
Quality Dealer of the Year Award
September 19th 2015 Baby Shower
Congratulations to the expecting mothers of the 1st maintenance battalion, Camp Pendleton California
Coffee With Cop
Oceanside, September 9th 2015. Classic Chariots were very proud to have sponsored this event, we are eager to do another one. It is important for us to be involved locally in our communities.
21st Annual Oceanside Independence Parade
Classic Chariots was proud to attend the 21st Annual Oceanside Independece Parade, June 27th 2015.
1st Maintenance Battalion Change of Command
Classic Chariots was proud to attend the 1st Maintenance Battalion change of command June 24 2015, where Lt. Colonel Mark T.Donar USMC relinquished command to Lt. Colonel Gregory B. Pace USMC. It was a First Class event which included music from the 3D Marine Aircraft Wing Band .
Classic Chariots wants to extend a warm welcome to Lt Colonel Gregory B.Pace,and we are looking forward to continue our support,and let Lt. Colonel Mark T. Donar know he will be missed, and we really appreciate the invite, and we really enjoyed helping out his unit during his tenure !
2015 Enlisted Father of the Year
Camp Pendleton June 3rd 2015 Classic Chariots Used Cars , a United States Navy League member was the presenting sponsor of the Inaugural Enlisted Father of Year Dinner. The dinner was a huge success, there were nearly 20 nominees and the 2 Winners were: GSM2 Andrew B White, United States Navy and Sgt Jerald I Davila, United States Marine Corps. The winners were given an essay to write based on how they balanced their military career and being a father. The competition was tough, but based on a point system, the two winners were finally selected.
We expect next years event to be more than double of the 2015's event due to the fact there was only 2 months between the actual planning and the event itself . We want to thank all of the other sponsors and friends who attended. Below you will see the Logos of all of the sponsors.
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2015 Oceanside Operation Appreciation Day
Classic Chariots was very happy to take part in the 2015 Oceanside Operation Appreciation Day at the Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA. The event that was organized by Oceanside Chamber of Commerce brought the business community and area residents together. It provided a day of recognition to all active-duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and nearby military bases..
International Mother's Day
Classic Chariots was very happy to take part in the The International Mother's Day celebration at the Grapeday Park, Escondido, CA. We proud to support our communities!
Vista Rotary International Festival of Music & Arts
Classic Chariots was very happy to take part in the Vista Rotary International Festival of Music & Arts event. We had our booth set up bright and early at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, California. The proceed from this event go entirely towars creating "Digital Arts Center" for the Boys & Girls Club if Vista.
The "Digital Arts Center" will house a comprehensive performing ars program offering a Recording Studio, Singing Classes, a Film Studio, Film Equipment and much more to expand the creativity in the New Digital Age!
2015 Enlisted Women of the Year
Classic Chariots was proud to attend 2015 Enlisted Women of the Year
Tri - City Council Navy League Camaraderie Dinner
Classic Chariots was proud to attend and sponsor this evening of "Camaraderie"
Colonel John P Farnam, Commanding Officer , MCAS Miramar , was the guest speaker. He gave a very insightful prospective of the state of the Marines. Giving us valuable information about where the Marines have been, and where they are going in the future.
The Tri-City Navy League presented Colonel Farnam with a certificate of appreciation to thank him for giving the speech that night. A Plaque was givin to Mehdi Chitgari for appreciation for his outstanding service as the President of the Tri-city Navy League for 2013 and 2014.
It was a nice evening welcoming the into office the new President of the Tri-City Council Navy League Bill McDonald. Bill certianly will have his hands full with his new position, and Classic Chariots will be here for him if he needs any assistance.
It was a full house, every seat was taken by a member of the Navy League along with friends and spouses. There were representatives from Pacific Marine Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union , Miramar Federal Credit Union, Tip Top Meats from Carlsbad, Balboa Thrift and Loan, Plus many more.
Classic Chariots is proud to be a part of events like these, and very proud of Mehdi Chitgari for his service as President for the last two years. Mehdi continues to be involved heavily with the local Marine bases, as well as the Local Community.
Thank You Tri-City Council Navy League for allowing us to be a part of your organization.
A note about the WOXOF room : WOXOF is an acronym that stands for “weather obscured, zero visibility, and fog.” That means no flying and when that happens pilots visit the bar. The Low Ceiling in the room portrays fog. It is a very unique room, filled with lots of memorabilia and history.
Enlisted Recognition Dinner
Classic Chariots is proud to be involved in the local community
Oceanside, California , February 26th 2015. Classic Chariots was proud to be a table sponsor at the Enlisted Recognition Dinner, which was put on by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. It was a contribution to recognize the excellence of our local enlisted personnel.
The ceremony was very entertaining and warm. The night started with wonderful dinner. The guest speaker, Col. Joseph A. Craft gave a very nice speech, and left us a lot to think about. Mainly as to how blessed we are to be a part of such a great community.
The night continued with Recognition of Spouses, Spouse of the Year, and several Military Honorees. It is always a pleasure to honor our enlisted marines and sailors.
Classic Chariots Valentine's Contest
Congratulations to Christina Boychuck. From Camp Pendleton ! We hope you and your Husband enjoy the Valentine dinner at 333 Pacific, Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Oceanside that you won. And thank you for those who participated in our contest. Keep checking our Facebook posts for more Giveaways.
2015 North County Beer Festival
Congratulation to Classic Chariots Beer Festival Ticket Giveaway winner, Henry Chavez Garcia! We hope you enjoyed the beer festival!
Classic Chariots had a booth at the 2015 North County Beer Festival that was held January 24th. We were giving people our Classic Chariots bags and can opener key chains. The weather at The Moonlight Amphitheater in Vista was perfect, and we enjoyed meeting new people there.
DR. Sunita Cooke
In Oceanside, California on January 16th 2015. Classic Chariots was lucky enough to be able to attend the Inaugural Celebration for the new Superintendent / President for Mira Costa College, Oceanside campus.We would like to welcome Dr. Sunita (Sunny) Cooke to our lovely Oceanside community.
The ceremony was very entertaining and also informative. It was a pleasure to see how happy of a place Mira Costa College actually is. It was like music to our ears to hear that 17 addition full time employees are going to be added to the current staff. Which is awesome for our local north county economy.
Before moving to the Oceanside campus of Mira Costa, Dr. Sunita Cooke served as the President of Grossmont in El Cajon. Classic Chariots is proud to be involved and in tune with the local community.
Navy League of the United States
The San Diego Council presented the Military Sea Services Spouse of the Year Awards
As it had for the past three years, the San Diego Council sponsored a luncheon at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Hotel on 11 December 2014 to honor seven young women who represented the local commands for the title of Military Sea Service Spouse of the Year. Each received a red rose for her nomination.
The Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms. Pamela Ammerman, introduced the then Council President-Elect Mr. Jon Berg-Johnsen and the event chair Ms. Joan Mitchell to assist in presenting the Certificates and awards. The selection process is long and includes completing a detailed packet listing each spouses achievements and ends with a personal essay on how the balance their activities and life’s priorities.
The Navy Spouse of the Year was Nicole Palmer, nominated by Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. She is an integral part in the success of the command’s Moral, Welfare, and Recreation program where she designed merchandise to help raise more than $7,000 in support of the fund. She volunteered more than 400 hours to her children’s elementary school where she oversaw a fund raising dinner and the school’s talent show. Palmer stated “that writing an essay was a challenge as she felt her journey was not unique and there are others on the same journey,” however, she felt that “finding that balance between activities and life’s priorities was extremely rewarding.”
The Marine Spouse of the Year was Nicole Webb, nominated by Commanding General, 1st Marine Division. She volunteered her time to Family Day BBQ’s, the Marines Ball Gown Giveaway, the Christmas Party, and the Toys for Tots program. Shu also volunteers at the children’s school and works with the Good Samaritan program. Webb said “her life revolves around her family whether it is school activities, or deployments.” She feels with “balancing her priorities with family and volunteering, she has been able to expand their experiences and community involvement by instilling the values of being a good citizen.”
The Coast Guard Spouse of the Year was Mary Amerson, nominated by the U. S. Coast Guard Commanding Officer, U.S. Sector San Diego. Amerson received a Letter of Appreciation from the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security for her volunteerism. She is the Sector Ombudsman for her husband’s command and also for another command as they did not have an ombudsman. When the wildfires swept throughout San Diego County she helped relocate families that had to evacuate their homes. Amerson works closely with the new personnel as they transition to the local community. She feels “a work-life balance is integral for making time for volunteering and activities.”
The Council supports many projects and honoring the families of the Sea Services members is all important. The seven selected balanced not only their military community with their work and home life, but also serve their local community as well. The selected women are a credit to all that they do along with their commitment to patriotism and family life.
The other nominees were: Tiffany Rudy, nominated by Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; Jenna Shelton, nominated by Commanding General, 1st Marine Logistics Group; Sarra Suazo, nominated by Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific; and Lupi Tupo, nominated by Commanding General, Marine Corps Depot/Western Recruiting Region.
The luncheon was sponsored by local Community Affiliates and Corporate companies such as Classic Chariots, Lockheed Martin, Navy Federal Credit Union, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Girl Scouts of San Diego and the San Diego Council.
The three winners received a certificate from the Mayor of the City of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, and a basket fill with goodies along with $100 gift card, and four tickets to a 2015 San Diego Padres Sunday Military Appreciation home game. Each spouse received a $1,000.00 check from the Council.
The nominees and winners are amazing women who hold all the ideals of every military spouse and the San Diego Council was proud to introduce seven more outstanding women to the community.
Sailor of the Quarter & Sailor of the Year Awards
On November 19th 2013, the Tri-City Navy League held a ceremony to recognize six individuals as Sailors of the Quarter & Sailors of the Year. The most recent awardees are as follows:
Senior Sailor of the Quarter 4th Qtr FY2013
HM1(FMF) Jason Lawrence
Junior Sailor of the Quarter 4th Qtr FY2013
HM2(FMF) Timotheous Thomas
Blue Jacket of the Quarter 4th Qtr FY2013
HN David Cogley
Senior Sailor of the Year FY2013
HM1(FMF/SW) Luis Amador
Junior Sailor of the Year FY2013
HM2(FMF) Nicholas Mann
Blue Jacket of the Year FY2013
HN Julian Gordon
Navy League Dinner Event With CAPT. M. A. Kobelja
Mehdi Chitgari of Classic Chariots is also the President of the Tri-City Navy League of North County San Diego. These photos are from the Navy League Dinner Event held on October 25th, 2013 at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside, CA. We were lucky enough to have CAPT M.A. Kobelja (Naval Hospital Commanding Officer, Camp Pendleton) as our guest speaker. His excellent presentation gave attendees up to date information about the new hospital that has been built on base. The hospital will hold an Open House on November 15th, please click here for more information. Other guests at this particular event included: Command Master Chief Eric Faulkner, CO Dan Cornwell, Master Chief Petty Officer Harlan Patawaran, Miss. Fire Prevention Oceanside, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, and representatives of many local businesses. Photos courtesy of Bill McDonald.
Oceanside Independence Day Parade
Our very own Susie and Carl were lucky enough to get to drive a lifted Toyota Tundra in this years Oceanside Independence Day Parade. We loved seeing all of the excited spectators sharing in this patriotic event!
Operation Appreciation 2013
Classic Chariots was very happy to take part in the 2013 Oceanside Operation Appreciation Military event. We had our booth set up bright and early, and we gave away many prizes on our prize wheel. We also got plenty of signatures for our Wall Of Honor boards that hang up in our lobby. We look forward to the next Operation Appreciation event!
2012 Vista Strawberry Festival
Classic Chariots is excited to have been a part of the Vista Strawberry Festival for the last few years. There are always tons of people, lots of good food, and cool vendors! We always enjoy meeting everyone and watching them spin the prize wheel at our booth! We expect to see many of you again at the next years as well! Check out the photos to see more.
Red Shoe Day 2012
Classic Chariots raised just under $1,000 in the annual Red Shoe Day fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House charity. The Ronald McDonald House is an amazing charity that supports the families of children with cancer by providing homes for the families while the kids go through cancer treatment.
We are beyond humbled by the generous donations from the people of Vista. It was truly heartwarming to see so many people give so selflessly to a great cause. We love being about to get out in the community and give back. We met some amazing people and made some awesome new friends.
Overall, San Diegans raised $150,000 for the charity on Red Shoe Day 2012. Click the link below to see our pictures from the event.
Washington Middle School Car Wash Fundraiser
On the sunny Saturday of April 14th, Classic Chariots hosted a car wash event benefiting Washington Middle School. The students sold tickets for their fund raiser, while Classic Chariots provided free use of their water and utilities. The kids helped wash 40 cars when all was said and done, putting the class a lot closer to a trip to Disneyland.
2012 Stuart Mesa Spring Fling
On April 4, 2012, thousands of people showed up at Camp Pendleton’s Stuart Mesa Community Center for the 4th Annual Spring Fling Festival.
The festival, sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services, provided live entertainment, music and food for military families to bring in the spring season. Advertisements were placed in the community only three days prior to the festival, but the event still attracted more than 2,500 attendees than originally expected.
Party In The Parking Lot With Channel 933
On Saturday, April 21st, 2012, we threw a huge party in our parking lot with Challen 933.
Chic-fil-A provided free lunch for everyone who came, and everyone was able to register to win free tickets to the sold out Summer Kick Off Concert. DJ "Franky D" came out and ran the ticket giveaway. He got the crowd pumped up and he gave away a set of concert tickets every 15 minutes during the party.
Military Recognition Ceremonies in San Diego
Due to the strong relationship we have with our local military, Classic Chariots is a proud sponsor and participates in many of the recognition, commendation and graduation ceremonies that take place in San Diego. Below are some of the more recent events we have attended.
Classic Chariots and Trees For Troops
In December, Classic Chariots sponsored the Camp Pendleton Trees For Troops event. This is an incredible even held every year - members of the military line up as early as midnight the night before in order to get free donated Christmas trees for themselves and their families. Classic Chariots gave out cookies and coloring books to keep those waiting in line comfortable while they were waiting for their Christmas trees.
Finally, at 11:30am, the trucks pulled up and several volunteers unloaded hundreds of Christmas trees of all sizes - from small trees to trees over 8 feet tall. This was a great holiday event with loads of holiday cheer, and we look forward to attending next year's Trees For Troops!
Classic Chariots Christmas Carnival
On December 8th of 2012, Classic Chariots hosted its fourth annual Holiday/Christmas Carnival at the dealership with completely free admission for all. Right off of Emerald in Vista, everyone got in on the fun for hours of food and entertainment from 11am to 5pm. We had a surprisingly large turnout and we were happy to give back to our great community. Everyone got to enjoy delicious food. we had burgers, hot dogs, treats, drinks and snacks. There were plenty of tables and chairs to sit, eat, and relax while everybody was watching the children play and have fun.
Children had the opportunity to enjoy the challenge and victory of carnival games, prizes and a bounce house with interior rooms and slide! There was even a professional face painter that masterfully created face designs for boys and girls alike. Santa also showed up to give out candy and hear requests from everyone! Classic Chariots even provided pictures of the children and families with Santa, which were printed out on the spot to be taken home for free.
Throughout the course of the day everyone who came was automatically entered into the raffle for fantastic prizes without any purchase necessary. Winners got to take home various gifts such as a Kindle Fire, DVD player, several Christmas Trees, numerous Starbucks gift cards, vacuums and kitchen tools, and congratulations to Ryan Robinson as the winner of the FREE CAR!!
We’d love to give special thanks to My Little Carnival for the games and bounce house, Susan Farley for face painting, and of course Santa and everyone who came and made this event blast and a special time for everyone.
MCAS Miramar Airshow
Every year at MCAS Miramar in Miramar, California, there is an air show to remember the legacy of American aviation as well as the power of the US Military. This is a three-day event that is free to attend, to so needless to say - it draws in quite a crowd! On each day, you'll see aerobatic performances, stunts, and the world famous Blue Angels. The air show is also a chance to see aircraft up close; both modern and historical aircraft are showcased right on the taxiway.
Classic Chariots has been a proud sponsor for this event for three years in a row! We've really enjoyed talking to the active and retired military and even some of the mechanics working there at the air show. Every year we hand out prizes and giveaways, and in 2009 and 2010 we had a vehicle on display. All together, the event was fun, loud and educational.
Camp Pendleton - Kids First Fair
The Camp Pendleton Kids First Fair is a chance for military children and teens to relax for at least one day and avoid the stresses military family life. The event features several booths with prizes, games and giveaways. In 2010, Classic Chariots gave out hundreds of toy cars and car plushies, as well as hundreds of coloring books and key chains. We also provided free face painting for the kids.
For the 2011 event, the second year in a row we've sponsored, we went all out and raffled away over 20 bikes for both military boys and girls! Of course, we also had our Classic Chariots coloring books, key chains and a face painter. We were blown away by the response this year - we had a line stretching across the entire parking lot for coloring books and face painting!
Camp Pendleton Mud Run
In June, 2010, Classic Chariots was a sponsor for the World Famous Mud Run on Camp Pendleton. The Mud Run is a tough 7 mile run through obstacles and rough terrain, a swim through a lake, and even a tour through Combat Town, a marine training area. Over 15,000 people participate in this event every year. Classic Chariots sponsored a team with members made up from the USS Haddock and our own employees.
Classic Chariots was set up near the start/finish line and had a vehicle on display. We also handed out bottle openers to all the finishing contestants. The Mud Run was held over a period of three days and had 2 starts/finishes (one for single participants and one for teams). The Teams category was possibly the most interesting, as many weren't after a competitive time. It seemed that there was an unspoken competition to have the most interesting team costumes!
San Diego's "Golf With A Hero"
Golf With A Hero is a yearly golfing competition for Marines and other military personnel. The competition was at Arrowood Golf Course in Oceanside, just outside of Camp Pendleton. Several amateur and experienced golfers showed up for a fun time on the green. Prior to the competition, we had a chance to talk to the competitors as they arrived, and after the competition, a dinner was provided for the competitors courtesy of Arrowood Golf Course's kitchen.
Classic Chariots sponsored one of the tees at Golf With a Hero. In both 2010 and 2011, we had a car on display just outside the tee box. At this year's tournament, we had the Classic Chariots XB parked up on the hill next to the tee. We handed out key chains and had a chance to talk with many of the military men and women present.
Oceanside Harbor Days
In fall of 2010, Classic Chariots attended the Oceanside Harbor Days. The theme for 2010 included festive pirates in authentic pirate costumes and a reenactment of a naval battle. Other events included a nail and sail boat competition, where competitors created boats that very morning using only specified materials. They had to take their custom boat and attempt to do one run along the harbor. The boats that sank where disqualified, and actually, most of them ended up sinking.
A USMC L-Cat, an amazing hover craft, was on display on the beach, and there was an awesome demonstration of its sea-to-land capabilities. Classic Chariots handed out prizes and giveaways, including coloring books and key chains. Despite the cold weather, everyone had a great time!
San Diego USO Dinner
The USO San Diego is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and creating a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities. Every year they have concerts, dinners and events.
In 2010, Classic Chariots sponsored and worked at two USO Dinners. To help military families and the military themselves, we worked with the San Diego chapter of the USO to put on the two buffet dinners. We served up some delicious stir fry Chinese food that was enjoyed by everyone! We hope to support our military with many more events such as this.