It seems the Holidays start earlier and earlier every year. Take, for instance, the Motor4Toys car meet and toy drive. This year's drive started extra early, with a special fundraiser brunch last weekend at the exclusive Villa Malibu rental living community in Malibu, California. The actual event and toy drive will take place December 2, 2007, but its organizer, Dustin Troyhan, wanted to kick things off a bit early in order to make a couple of big announcements. Villa Malibu graciously donated their time, facilities, food and drink to help support the cause, typical of the generous support the event garners.
One big announcement was already made at the conclusion of last year's event: In 2006, the Motor4Toys Foundation gathered more than 10,000 toys for needy children who might not otherwise get anything else for the season. The next announcement was that the goal for 2007 was a full 50% higher. Dusty and the gang are hoping to top 15,000 toys this year. The bulk of those will be collected at the massive car meet on Dec. 2, but many more will be purchased with the cash donations the group receives.
The last major announcement was that the event will coincide with an attempt at the Guinness record for the worlds' largest Ferrari parade, recently set at the Silverstone Circuit in England. That record was is currently 385 prancing horses. Dusty is confident he can count on at least 400. That is the kind of confidence he has in this community. To truly understand the size of this thing, you have to better understand the Foundation and the people involved.
Follow the jump for more details and click below for a gallery of pics from the brunch.
The Motor4Toys event is unique, relying on car clubs and enthusiasts in Southern California to collect toys and money for the needy. The response has been staggering. First of all, it is 100% charity. Nobody takes a dime for their time or personal expenses. Second, every aspect of this drive is handled within the car community. Southern California car people donate everything from the fundraiser t-shirts, to the fliers, to even the webpage. They also provide the volunteers that keep everything running smoothly. Throw in the fact that the toy donation event is actually one of the largest free car shows in the world and you understand why people get behind it.
We'll keep you posted as the event draws nearer, but for now, start thinking about getting a new unwrapped toy down to the sight in early December, and if you happen to have a Ferrari or know someone else who does, sign up for the record attempt at the FerrariWorldRecord website.