• Dec 7, 2007
Click for huge gallery of high-res pics from this 4th Annual Motor4Toys event

More than 3,200 cars overflowed the massive Countrywide Insurance parking lot in Westlake Village, CA for the 4th annual Motor4Toys charity toy drive this past Sunday, including nearly 200 Ferraris. That number was well short of the hoped-for 386+ Prancing Horses that would have triggered a Guinness world record parade attempt, but it was still an incredible sight.

Besides coming out to donate toys, the Southern California car clubs made this a typically great event by sharing their rides with the assembled crowd and even dipped into their pockets to bid more than $8,000 for a number of donated gifts in a combined online and live auction. Items included radar detectors, skid plates, cupholders, and even sporting event tickets and private catered dinners by television's Chef LaLa. And did we mention the toys?

Last year's record of 11,000 toys was easily surpassed although the final total won't be in until donated money and profits from the sale of commemorative T-shirts are tallied and used to purchase even more gifts in a couple of weeks. All told, about $25,000 was raised from donations and those sales and auction bids. Kudos to organizer Dustin Troyan, manager of the nearby Village Coffee Roaster, for another selfless effort and for making it another huge success. Typical of Dusty, he's quick to thank others rather than accepting any credit himself: "Please make sure you thank everyone who attends and supports it. They are the event!"

Follow the jump for more photos and the rest of the story.



Our day started 70 miles southwest of the show in Orange County, where several participants met at the crack of dawn to caravan up together. A few Ferraris, a pair of nice VeeDubs, a Mustang Cobra and an SL55 were in our entourage as we led the pack in a 997 Turbo.

When we finally reached our exit, we passed a line of Ferraris that was about to make a really grand entrance by arriving en masse.

A quick stop at the check-in counter to drop off our toys and pick up our raffle tickets for some of the donated goodies that would be doled out later in the day.

And then we were off for a long walk, taking in as many of the 2,500 cars as we could. Rows were marked with some of the larger car groups' makes, but those often proved to be too small to contain all of the attendees. The result were a few rows of miscellaneous offerings that brought some surprises.

But there was still a number of impressively long rows of Corvettes...

...Porsches...

...British cars...

...Cobras...

...Hot rods...

...and others that were rather breathtaking.

As the day wore on, we grabbed a Pink's hot dog and checked out the specialty car corral out front, where a number of special collector, race, and super cars were parked, including one of the first SLR Roadsters we've seen on the road.

While we were up there we heard them announce that the raffle had started, but by the time we managed to squeeze through the crowd, it was just wrapping up. After the raffle, the auction started and drew a huge number of generous donors. Items going under the gavel included Lakers tickets, invites to tapings of Desperate Housewives, celebrity chef prepared meals in your home, details, skid plates, radar detectors, apparel, and by the time the last item was hammered "sold," another $8,250 had been raised.

In the end it was really all about the toys, though, and the long line of overfilled boxes looked to be a new record for the 4-year-old event that is unique in that it is all donated manpower and supplies with zero administrative costs.

It is also the only event that caters exclusively to the car community, making it very near and dear to our hearts. If you'd like to donate to the cause, you can still do so through the organization's website by clicking here. And be sure to make it out next year to experience it for yourself.


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  • 10 Comments
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't see any smug Prius drivers doing charity events like this ;)

      sorry I had some Prius driving jerk lecturing me at the gas station on how I am responsible for the death billions of baby penguins, 9/11, and her receding hairline. Go figure.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Maybe Autoblog simply didn't report on a Prius gathering. Ever think of that?
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 7 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        yeah Apu Prius drivers are going to do a charity run and car show full of Prius' while donating 11,000 toys and $25,000. I'm sure they would if they weren't so busy chastising the people actually going out and doing these wonderful charity events.
      dan
      • 7 Years Ago
      does anyone know aftermarket wheel companies that make audi a8 style rims... or any other broad faced wheel design? (like MRR) thats reasibably priced?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @dan
        go to the audi forums. vwvotex.com i think is the one. They got sites for everything
      • 7 Years Ago
      This really is a great event for a great cause. awesome cars, awsome fund-raisers. must've been amazing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wonderful gallery. Really good pictures.
      http://www.sportscar-official.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Small world!

      I was actually at this event. It was amazing. The crazy thing was that the parking lot was a car show of it's own.

      Just the lot to park in had a Lotus club with 15 Exiges, classic Jaguars, several Vipers and NSXs.

      It was also unique because people exhibiting their cars would come and go as pleased. It wasn't like a regular car show where you have to camp out for like 10 hours just see if you win a trophy.

      I have never seen that many Ferraris, Cobras, or Lotuses (Loti?) in one place. 3 SLRS! A Ferrari F40 and Fiorano too.

      My facorite was the black on black Carrera GT with black wheels.

      Only two Lamborghini's though...

      Great event!

      Jon
      http://www.sportscardriven.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wonderful gallery. Really good pictures.
      • 7 Years Ago
      great pictures!

      which car is this?
      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2007-motor4toys-charity-toy-drive/517149/

      I think I've seen it before, but just can't remember what it is...