San Diego Automotive Museum

Thank you to the Wheels 100!

The Wheels 100 are the founding donor members who each bestowed $10,000 toward capital improvements to the San Diego Automotive Museum in the late 1980s.  In addition to their financial contributions, they employed their friends, businesses, and good old-fashioned grit to lead the Museum into a successful grand opening of Balboa Park’s newest gem.

Over 30 years later, we are honored to pay tribute to the Wheels 100 members.  Through you and your families, we continue telling stories of motorized vehicles’ social and technological past, present, and future throughout our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

  1. Gil Klecan, Park West Real Estate Corp
  2. Joe Drew, Drew Ford
  3. John McCallan Jr. & Donnell Reid, Pearson Ford
  4. John Hine and John Hine Junior, Hine Pontiac/Mazda
  5. Dean Mansfield, Motor Car Dealers Assoc of SD
  6. Philip Gildred Jr, Gildred Building Co.
  7. Doug Fuller, Fuller Ford
  8. Tom Sefton, San Diego Trust & Savings
  9. Gene Trepte, Trepte Investment Co.
  10. Dan & Norma Biggs, Biggs Engineering
  11. Ralph & Betty Englestad/Richie Clyne, Imperial Palace Collection
  12. Bill & Anne Evans, Evans Garage-Bahia Resort Hotel
  13. Steve Brooker, Cal. State Auto Parts
  14. Dick Barbour Racing
  15. Tony McCune, McCune Chrysler/Plymouth
  16. Frank Fornacca/Gary Fenelli, Frank Lincoln/Mercury
  17. San Diego Co. Toyota Dealers Assoc., Lou Jones, George Trenfel, Charles Ellinwood, Daniel Grubb, Tom Devany, Jim Granby, E.L. White
  18. Bill Moylan, KFMB Radio AM, FM & Television
  19. Kenneth Miles, American Uniform & Towel Supply
  20. Jim Cooper & Ken Ellergard, San Diego Co. Hyundai Dealers
  21. Packards International, S.D. Region
  22. Sandy and Lucina Sanford
  23. Robert Townsend, No. County & Townsend Lincoln/Merc.
  24. Kevin & Greg McAree, Escondido Lincoln/Mercury
  25. Roque De La Fuente, Sr., De La Fuente Cadillac/Peugeot
  26. William Schack Jr., Miramar Lincoln/Mercury
  27. Rug & Allan Cunningham, Cunningham BMW/Pontiac
  28. James & Vicki Bittle, J. Bittle American Inc.
  29. Harold F. Carpenter
  30. Alan & Pat Holmes, The Fine Car Store
  31. Michael Dever, Performance Jaguar
  32. Bill & Jeanelle Brecht, Brecht BMW
  33. Ross Roberts, Lincoln/Mercury Div. Ford Mtr. Co.
  34. Gil J. Barnes, Stewart Title Co.
  35. S.D. Antique Motorcycle Club
  36. Richard Burns, Far West Bank
  37. Dan & Bruce Harmer, No. Coast Tarpaulin Works
  38. Bill & Joan Vollmer
  39. The T.E. Gildred Family
  40. Leslie Fox, Fox Foundation
  41. Escondido Motors LTD, Angelo Damante
  42. Matthew & Jean McLaughlin
  43. Craig & Andrea White
  44. Jack S. Barry, WD-40 Company
  45. Jay Goodwin, Mission Hills Radio & TV
  46. Chris Carroll, Antique Automotive of S.D.
  47. Elliot Rabin, Ridout Plastics
  48. Skeets & Sharon Dunn, J.C. Bradford & Co.
  49. Nancy & Wayne Baker, Personalized Autohaus
  50. Craig & Andrea White
  51. Peter Aardema
  52. Bilstein Corporation of America
  53. Mark A. Battaglia, Parking Company of America
  54. Allen & Tamara Glick
  55. Ted & Dorothy Burke
  56. Kenneth Corum
  57. A. Cue
  58. Flo & John Cummings
  59. Dee House