Kid-friendly ‘Touch a Truck’ car show returns May 31 to Carmel Valley


Kids can get the chance to climb inside some of their favorite vehicles as Touch A Truck returns to Carmel Valley’s Canyon Crest Academy. The event, which raises money to help fight children’s cancer, will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31.

Touch A Truck San Diego started seven years ago with a vision to give kids the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seats of vehicles big and small. This year’s event features nearly 100 race cars, hot rods, motorcycles, military, construction, off-road and emergency response vehicles.

The Mercy Air Ambulance will also land and take off on the CCA athletic fields, and will be open for kids to check out while on the ground.

The first Touch A Truck was held in 2009 at Canyon Crest Academy, less than a year after the event’s inspiration, Max Mikulak, died at age 7 from neuroblastoma — a common cancer that mostly affects children under age 5. Max attended Solana Highlands Elementary, and his favorite things, besides his teacher and friends at school, were trucks, “Star Wars,” World War II, skateboards, bugs and Legos. When his parents started the Max’s Ring of Fire Childhood Cancer Foundation, to continue to pursue a cure for childhood cancers like the one that took their son, they came up with the idea of a car show for kids.

“The owners who bring their vehicles are amazing people who love our cause, and are happy to open up their hearts and expensive machinery, knowing how much happiness they bring to the kids at the event,” said Melissa Mikulak, Max’s mom.

Besides vehicle displays, kids will find “Star Wars” characters, a 200-foot zipline, laser tag, face painting, food trucks, games, a stagecoach, a raffle, and local youth bands.

“Thanks to the support of the greater San Diego community, and Carmel Valley in particular, Touch A Truck has been an amazing success and we’ve raised over $220,000,” said Mikulak. “We are hoping to increase that total to $300K with this year’s event.”

All the money raised helps support the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium. Buy tickets at or call 858-621-FIRE. Fundraising for free admission and cool prizes is also available.