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Test drive a Ford & EU High gets $20 per driver
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From left, Phil Waterford of Manteca Ford and Exotic High Line and East Union High Principal John Alba gear up for Drive One 4 UR School fundraiser that will be held in conjunction with the JROTC-sponsored Car and Bike Show on Saturday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Wanted: 300 licensed drivers.

Must be age 18 or older and not of the same household.

The goal for these folks would be to test drive a car or truck from Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford and Exotic Line on Saturday for the Drive One 4 UR School fundraiser at East Union High.

For every test drive on East Union High’s north or student parking lot, Waterford will donate $20 to the school.

The Drive One 4 UR School event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“With recent budget cuts and schools scrambling for money, this event will provide some funds that can make a difference for our students, high school and community,” Waterford said.

Drive One 4 UR School is a highly successful test-drive program of the Ford Motor Company. Waterford and others sees this event as an opportunity to help bridge the gap between business and education.

“For us, it was a shoo-in,” he said. “We’re committed to helping the children in our community – it takes a village to raise a child.”

Manteca Ford approached East Union officials on this fundraiser.

“I wasn’t going to say no to $6000,” Principal John Alba said.

That’s the projected amount the school can make given the 300 test drivers. Waterford will bring along a fleet of his 2011 Ford vehicles, from the F-150 truck to the sporty Mustang.

Alba indicated that half of the money here will go to the school’s Leadership program while the other half will benefit the Academic Boosters.

Meanwhile, Drive One 4 UR School will be held in conjunction with the Lancer Battalion’s Car and Bike Show.

The on-campus annual event is sponsored by the Manteca police and fire departments.

Members of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp will serve as judges to the category consisting of 13 cars and three motorcycles, starting at about 11 o’clock.

Awards are scheduled to be distributed at about 12:30 p.m.

JROTC advisor Karl Knutsen made sure all of his students were properly trained to judge the vehicles.

In turn, students have received plenty of compliments for their efforts.

“We hear from a lot of these adults that this is one of the best car shows and it also helps them prepare for the rest of the season,” he added.

Waterford, for one, will feature one of his top-of-the-line cars valued at about $500,000.

As for categories, the show will feature all-trucks; imports from 1979 and earlier; imports from 1980 to the present; U.S. manufactured through 1959; U.S. manufactured, 1960 through 1979; U.S. manufactured, 1980 to the present; high performance / race cars; hot rods; P.T. Cruisers; Mustangs; Camaro; Corvettes; and the newer GTOs.

In addition, the car and bike show will offer barbecue Fagundes Meat tri-tip beef sandwiches, drinks and other snacks.

“This used to be a car show,” said Knutsen. “Now, it’s an event.”

East Union High is located at 1700 N. Union Road, Manteca.

For more information, call Knutsen at 209-825-3143.

More information on Drive One 4 UR School program can be obtained by calling Manteca Ford at 209-239-3561 or logging on to