Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 – 1:26 PM
For the second year in a row, local car aficionados brought a quintet of classic automobiles to the Blind Children’s Center in Hollywood for a special sensory tour.
For two hours, students at the center were treated to a hands-on interactive experience led by Bob Prichard and his 1954 Oldsmobile Convertible, most notable for its appearance in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
Dwayne Hinkle brought is 1929 Model A Roadster, Betsey and Jay Davenport brought their unique custom-built tricycle, which the children loved; Dydia DeLyser held court with her 1991 Nissan Figaro, and Cesar Hillario joined the center for the second consecutive year with KITT, the famous car from the hit show Knight Rider.
Founded in 1938, the center serves approximately 100 students each year, many from the Beverly Hills community, with additional support services to more than 500 family members. Funded entirely by individuals, private foundations and corporate sponsors, all services are provided to constituents free of charge.
The students, ranging from toddlers to second graders, took turns sitting in each car, working the steering wheels, honking their horns, learning about each vehicle and taking them for imaginary test drives on campus. Students were especially fond of KITT, who still speaks classic lines the the popular TV program.
To volunteer a classic car for next year’s event, contact Laurie Headley, 323-664-215e, ext. 2342, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the center online to learn more about its services for children in L.A. facing blindness and severe visual impairments: www.blindchildrenscenter.org.