Ed Attanasio

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Monday, 19 November 2018 18:12

After the Donation: SF Skate Club's Donated Car Is Still Rolling Along

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The van that Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, donated to the San Francisco Skate Club four years ago is still going strong. The van that Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, donated to the San Francisco Skate Club four years ago is still going strong.


Back in 2014, Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, presented a completely refurbished van to the San Francisco Skate Club that is still running strong.


The organization had been using a van that was barely hanging on, so when Regal Collision stepped up to provide a “new” one four years ago, it meant a lot to the children of the SF Skate Club and one of its founders, Shawn Connolly.


Connolly, a former professional skateboarder who operates the nonprofit organization with his wife, Thuy Nguyen, is impressed with the vehicle's longevity after putting more than 120,000 miles on it.


"It's pretty amazing, that's for sure," he said. "For the first two years, we let the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center use it during the week, taking students to and from school every day, so it got a lot of use. And then on the weekends, we used it for our skating events and Bay Area camps during the summer. Countless kids have been transported in the van, and it's still hanging in there."


The San Francisco Skate Club strives to provide a safe, positive and fun environment for youth of diverse backgrounds to pursue their passion or desire to skateboard, meet and form friendships with other young skaters at the SF Skate Club and learn from experienced skateboarders who are role models in the community.


"I know that Regal Collision has given away a lot of vehicles to deserving people over the years, but I would bet that our van has been utilized more than any of the others," Connolly said. "Now we are loaning it to an organization called FACES SF that helps low-income families with things like early childhood development, workforce training, enrichment programs for kids and family support services."


By staying on top of its maintenance, the van has only required a little TLC due to considerable wear and tear, Connolly said.


"The crew at Regal gave us a vehicle that was in amazing mechanical condition,” he said. “We had to fix a door and do a few minor mechanical things, but other than that, it's been mostly minor upkeep. Regal Collision put off-road tires on the van, so we're still using the same tires, and the vehicle has easily passed two smog checks as well."

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