Thursday, October 7, 2010

More great sponsors!!

We appreciate all the support we are getting from our community! Please check out these businesses and services and let them know you thank them for supporting the Picnic!

J2 Golden Rocket Sponsors
Mobile D's Detailing

Last Originals Car Club- Car & motorcycle show on Sat, Oct 23 at Red's Java House, SF!

Matco Tool

Pissed Off Pete's
4528 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112-2604(415) 584-5122

Staff Shirt Sponsor

Marque Press, San Francisco

Garbage Sponsor
Sunset Scavenger/Recology

Thursday, September 23, 2010

2 New J2 Golden Rocket Sponsors!

Thanks to our two newest J2 Golden Rocket Sponsors!
(Golden Rocket engine image, courtesy of Street Rodder)

Paul's Battery & Tire Company
4620 Geary Blvd
(between 10th Ave & 11th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-9100

A long-time Richmond District favorite, let Paul's help you out with your car!

Ted's Market & Delicatessen
1530 Howard St.
(between 11th & 12th Streets, South of Market)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-0309

Fresh, delicious, & wholesome food from this family-run business, since 1967.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

J2 Golden Rocket Sponsor- California Choppers

Thanks to our J2 Golden Rocket Sponsor, California Choppers!

Since 1975, the original home of the Frisco style chopper.
1490 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA |
(415) 431-8181

Monday, September 20, 2010


We have been hearing some weird rumors recently, and one that keeps coming up is that people will not be allowed to BBQ or bring their own food to the Picnic! Not sure how this rumor came about but that is absolutely false! People are more than welcome to bring their own food and have always been welcome to do so.

We just ask that people be considerate and don't litter or throw their BBQ ashes on the lawn!

If you hear anything and you just aren't sure if it's true, just drop us a line at Thanks!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

J2 Golden Rocket Sponsor-Carl & Dan's Chevron

Thanks to our J2 Golden Rocket Sponsor, Carl & Dan's Automotive (Chevron) on Geary Blvd, between 24th & 25th Avenues, San Francisco!

Carl & Dan's Automotive
6000 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121-1908
(415) 750-0111

When you stop in for gas, let them know you appreciate them supporting the Picnic--a San Francisco tradition!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Super Wildcat Sponsor-The Hard Wear Store

Thanks to our Super Wildcat sponsor, The Hard Wear Store!
Check out the Hard Wear Store for your work clothes--Ben Davis, Carhartt, Dickies-
or for cool San Francisco gear!

2401 Irving Street

San Francisco, CA 94122

ph: 415-682-9565

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Twitter! Facebook! Blog! CafePress!

Hi all,
We are now officially in the 21st century with our blog and our Facebook page, and now we are using Twitter! Wow!
Follow us on Twitter @JimmysPicnic

Remember to join us on Facebook at: I love Jimmy's Old Car Picnic!

And check out our online store at:

Please be sure to share information with your friends who don't really use the internet (yes, we know they are still out there.) Phew!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sponsorships available!

We still have great sponsorship opportunities available at the Picnic! Contact us at

Special thanks to our Super Duty 455 sponsor, Angelina's Cafe & Deli!

Angelina's is your source for delicious picnic food! Get your sandwiches and salads to bring to the Picnic-- it's close to the Park!
6000 California St
(between 22nd Ave & 23rd Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94121CA 94121

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Get your official merchandise!

Hey there,
We cannot sell t-shirts at the event, but you can order t-shirts for men, women, children, and babies at our official store site. We also have sweatshirts and hoodies available!

Ordering online is the ONLY way you'll be able to get this merchandise. As you order, the pieces are printed on demand. This official gear features this year's design: a 1967 Mercury Monterey and a 1970 Buick GS, both convertibles.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New stuff this year

Hi all,
Some things will be a little different this year at the 22nd Annual Jimmy's Old Car Picnic, so please take a look.

- Event day is SATURDAY this year, not Sunday as in previous years. Remind your friends, especially the ones who aren't internet savvy!
- Entry fee will be $40 at the gate. We had to raise the fee this year in order to cover the costs related to the sky-high permit fees. This is not something we wanted to do but we had to so the event could continue. If you can't afford the fee, please come out anyways as a spectator and enjoy the event.
- Year limit changed to 1980 and older. Please be aware that the year limit will be strictly enforced. The SFPD & Park Police will issue citations for traffic and parking violations.
- Super-sized vehicles. If you have a bus or anything large like this that you'd like to enter, please contact us for more information:

Thanks for your support and please keep checking back for updates!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Dear friends,

We are happy to let you know that YES, Jimmy’s 22nd Annual Old Car Picnic WILL be held this year! Please save the date for SATURDAY, October 16, 2010, Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco!

This year brings some changes. Jimmy and his family have stepped back from organizing the event and have handed it over to a very capable group of friends--car people who have attended the Picnic for many years. Jimmy & family will be advisors to this new team

- Note that the Picnic will be held on a Saturday, not Sunday, as in years past.

- SF Rec & Park raised our permit fees through the roof! The admission fee for this year’s Picnic will change and we’ll let you know how much it will be once it is confirmed.

- We are also looking for sponsors! If you know of a business that would like some exposure at this great event, just drop us a line.

- If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the event, please let us know.

- We’ll keep you posted with any other changes!

Our team has worked extremely hard to keep this tradition alive and we thank you all for your support! We’re looking forward to October 16 and hope you are too.

Thanks to all!

Jimmy's Old Car Picnic team

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Must-See Interview!

If you haven't seen it yet, check out this short video interview with Jimmy & team, as well as the response from Dennis Kern of the SF Recreation & Park Dept.

Recent Press Coverage!

Check out some articles about the Picnic and some more about what is going on!

Richmond Review & The Sunset Beacon: (Jimmy is on the cover of this month's Richmond Review!)

NY Times Bay Area Blog:

The Richmond District of SF Blog:

The Western Neighborhoods Project

The Rec & Park Commission Meeting

Hi everybody,
There's been a lot going on and we've been delayed in getting the blog updated, but here's what's new:
- Our team and our supporters went to the SF Rec & Park Commission hearing at City Hall on 2/18. It was a great meeting and wonderful to hear such words of support! Our supporters, some of whom waited 5 HOURS to speak, spoke with passion and heart!
Curious about the hearing? Watch it here!

If the link does not work, just go to SFGTV video on demand,
click on Rec Park Commission, and on our date, 2/18/10. Then click on #11. The meetings are taped and shown on Channel 26.

- Some of the Commissioners seemed supportive, some not so much. The Director of R&P, Phil Ginsberg thought we could come to some kind of compromise (but he is still not supportive of allowing cars on the lawn, but doesn't seem to have a problem with big rigs, machinery, heavy equipment, and stages sitting for days on end in the Meadow for the large concerts the Park hosts....keep this in mind....)

- Two of the Commissioners offered to meet with our team to discuss compromises and to do a walk through of possible locations. Our team is still set on our historical location of Speedway Meadow.

- WE STILL CAN USE YOUR SUPPORT! Drop a note to your supervisor or the Rec & Park Commission! Contact Phil Ginsburg! These are OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS--let them know that YOU, the PUBLIC want to keep Jimmy's at Speedway!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Save the Date 2/18- Help Save the Picnic!

Dear Friends,
Jimmy’s Picnic is ON THE AGENDA for the NEXT SF Rec & Park Commission meeting!

When: NEXT Thursday, 2/18, meeting starts at 1:00 pm
Where: SF City Hall, Rm 416
What: The SF Rec & Park Commission will discuss whether or not they will allow us to hold the Picnic at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, in October 2010!

The meeting start time has been changed a few times—but we got confirmation from the Commission itself this week that it’s scheduled for 1:00 pm. We know this in the middle of a week/workday, but we would love for our supporters to come out in full force! Even if you can’t make it right at 1:00, come down when you get the chance! We don’t know exactly what time we’ll be called.
We want to show our dedication and solidarity!
If you feel like speaking, there will be a time for public comment.

Please keep sending in those letters to your City Supervisors, the Mayor, and of course, the SF Recreation & Park Dept.
It helps if you also send a copy to us at, so we know how many letters are going out.

Check out more info, including a sample letter and contact info in our previous blog posts, listed below.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sample Support Letter & Contact Info

Here's a sample support letter that you can use to show your support for keeping the Picnic in Golden Gate Park. Feel free to add your own details! Please remember to be positive and respectful and to copy us at THANKS!

"I strongly support the return of Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic to Golden Gate Park, and cannot understand why the city denied the picnic a permit for 2010. The picnic has been a San Francisco institution since 1988. Friends and family gather in the Park and enjoy a day of picnicking, visiting and checking out the old cars. This picnic is free to all spectators, and those that bring a car make a modest donation that goes to a charity assisting the developmentally disabled. How many free events are there left in San Francisco that appeal to young and old alike?

Jimmy’s picnic is in the best tradition of this city. It was started by a gardener for Rec and Park, and grew from a just a few cars the first year to the hundreds that turn out today. Over the years it has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity. Jimmy’s picnic is run by a non-profit, and there are no vendors, amplified sound or food or alcohol sales.

Over the 21 years that Jimmy’s picnic has been in the park, there has never been damage to the grass or any problems with neighbors. The crowd is car-loving and friendly, and very family oriented. With its proven track record, there is no reason to deny a permit to this event.

The parks are for all of the residents of San Francisco. Jimmy’s Old Car picnic is a chance for the people who grew up in the Avenues of the Richmond and the Sunset, as well as all over the City, to come together and celebrate the art of the old car, the hot rod, and car culture. You will see everything from a Model A Ford to a Rat Rod to a vintage Rolls Royce at the picnic. If it was made before 1972, it is there and so are those of us who love cars.

While the city may be moving toward a focus on larger, profit making events in Golden Gate Park, we should not lose events like Jimmy’s Picnic, a small family-friendly event that San Franciscans look forward to each year. I urge you to issue a permit to Jimmy’s Picnic!"


San Francisco Recreation and Park Commissioners: Mark Buell (president), Tom Harrison (vice-president), Gloria Bonilla, Michael Sullivan, David E. Lee, Larry Martin.
501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: 415-831-2750FAX: 415-221-8034

Mayor: Gavin Newsom

City Hall, Room 200

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

Telephone: (415) 554-6141

Fax: (415) 554-6160


Board of Supervisors:

Michela Alioto-Pier

District 2

(415) 554-7752 - Voice

(415) 554-7843 - Fax

John Avalos

District 11

(415) 554-6975 - Voice

(415) 554-6979 - Fax

David Campos

District 9

(415) 554-5144 - voice

(415) 554-6255 - fax

David Chiu - Board President

District 3

(415) 554-7450 - Voice

(415) 554-7454 - Fax

Carmen Chu

District 4

(415) 554-7460 - Voice

(415) 554-7432 - Fax

Chris Daly

District 6

(415) 554-7970 - Voice

(415) 554-7974 - Fax

Bevan Dufty

District 8

(415) 554-6968 - Voice

(415) 554-6909 - Fax

Sean Elsbernd

District 7

(415) 554-6516 - Voice

(415) 554-6546 - Fax

Eric Mar

District 1

(415) 554-7410 - Voice

(415) 554-7415 - Fax

Sophie Maxwell

District 10

(415) 554-7670 - Voice

(415) 554-7674 - Fax

Ross Mirkarimi

District 5

(415) 554-7630 - Voice

(415) 554-7634 - Fax

Save the date! Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010!

Here's how you can help save Jimmy's Old Car Picnic in Golden Gate Park!
Save the date of Thursday, 2/18, 2:00 pm--City Hall, Rm 216 for the SF Rec & Park Dept Commission meeting. We plan to get the Picnic on this meeting's agenda and our team will present its case!

If you are free, come on out!! If you cannot make it, please write a letter about what you would have said and send it to us.

We are asking people to send letters of support to the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and the Park Commission. Be sure to copy us at so we can track the letters and make sure our voices are heard!

Please let us know if you have any questions! Be sure to keep sharing your photos, it all helps.

Jimmy's Picnic team

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Picnic permit for 2010 DENIED!

Hello friends,
We are saddened to let you know that the permit for 2010's Jimmy's Old Car Picnic has been denied by the SF Recreation & Park Department.
You can learn a little more by reading this SF Examiner article.

Directly from the Permit Office:

"Our Department (Permit Dept of the SF Recreation & Park Dept) is denying your request for Speedway Meadow for two reasons described below:

1. We believe that a grass field is not an appropriate venue for a car show and as a matter of policy this Department is not going to permit Car Shows on our grass areas going forward.
2. We are limiting the number of events in the fall that have an impact on our meadows to allow a minimum of 3 weeks between major events. We must choose between a number of different events. In deciding which events to allow, we are looking at a number of factors including
a. Cultural and recreational benefits to the city and residents
b. Economic benefit to the department

We recognize that the car show is enjoyed by many people. However, based on this review, we do not feel that a Car Show in a Meadow meets the standard. "

Well, we believe that the Picnic is absolutely beneficial to the people of San Francisco. What other event brings so many people of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels together on a single day? A family can attend this event for free. People can meet people from other places and share things they have in common or learn new things. They can picnic or grill and not worry about being gouged for money. The Picnic fosters community spirit and makes us proud to be San Franciscans!

Economic benefit to the department? We pay the required and necessary fees. We also feel that helping our Disabled community benefits everyone.

We just wanted to let you know what is going on. This blog is maintained by the Picnic organizers and is the source for accurate information; drop us a line if you have any questions. AND PLEASE SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION!

For more information on the Permit Dept click here.