George Cross, founder of the West Coast’s Largest Antique Auto, Corvette, Porsche, Street Rod & VW Swap Meet and Car Show, passed away today at the age of 66 following a long illness.
With less than $100 in his pocket, Cross, a retired U.S. Postal carrier with a penchant for antique cars, started the Southern California phenomenon in 1975. Back then, Cross had just 200 vendors.
Now there are more than 2,500 vendors and 4,000 show cars. The event is operated by George Cross and Sons, Inc. There are 15 miles of cars and hard-to-find automotive parts and accessories and it has become one of the most highly recognized events of its type in the world. The show is held eight times a year at Fairplex and attracts visitors from throughout the United States and Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia. More than two million auto enthusiasts have enjoyed the event.
Cross had said that he bought his first Model T in 1960 and it opened a new world for him. He effectively provided an outlet for fellow auto aficionados.
Come rain or shine is a tradition of the longtime event. In the spirit of George Cross, the show will continue with its first scheduled event of the New Year, Sunday, January 13, at Fairplex in Pomona. Services are pending.