Hotrods 4 Hearts returns to benefit American Heart Association

Hotrods 4 Hearts founder Scott Britz began the event in memory of his father Ed J. Britz, who passed away n 1998 from a heart attack.
Credit: Scott Britz

By Matt Nagle

Over the past five years, the annual Hotrods 4 Hearts benefit for the American Heart Association has become a much loved car show and family festival in Tacoma – so much, that today it stands as the top event held at Griot’s Garage. Now in its sixth year, Hotrods 4 Hearts returns to Griot’s (3333 38th St., Tacoma) on Sunday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hotrods 4 Hearts was born from one man’s dream of turning his loss of loved ones into something that carries on their legacy in order to benefit those with heart conditions. Scott Britz’s father passed away in 1998 from a heart attack, and a nephew passed with a hole in his heart in 2002. That inspired Britz to start fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association. Being a professional auto mechanic, it was only natural that cars would be the focus of such an event. Britz and his father bonded over cars, his father having taught him how to work on all types of engines. The hobby had always been something special that they shared, so a car show is the most fitting way to give back in his father’s memory.

There are all kinds of activities and attractions planned for this year, and Hotrods 4 Hearts will give special honor to the military and first responders with flag displays, an award ceremony and more. All cars, trucks and bikes are welcome to register for $15, and goodie bags will be given to the first 100 entries. Thirty trophies will be awarded to crowd favorites. There will be door prizes, raffles, pin-up girls, gymnastics demonstrations, kids activities and much more. Bring non-perishable foods for the food drive. Admission is free.

Info: Call Scott at (235) 267-3074.


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