La Mesa auto mechanic pedaling at diabetes fundraiser

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

Jerry Kubitsky, president of Summit Transmissions in La Mesa, is gearing up for his third consecutive time to ride in the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Tour de Cure, a cycling fundraiser to be held this Saturday, April 20 at Torrey Pines High School.
Kubitsky, a long-time ADA supporter, does not have diabetes but says he is riding and raising money in honor of many friends and customers who have diabetes. Kubitsky and wife Sandy also participate annually in the ADA’s Step Out, a fundraising walk. In addition, for nine years, Kubitsky was the San Diego chairman of Rips Bad Ride, an annual motorcycle ride event that raises money for diabetes research.
This year’s Tour de Cure cycling event, with an more than 900 riders raising more than $400,000 in donations, will feature five routes of 7, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles. People who have diabetes will be recognized with a “Red Rider” jersey to wear on the day of the event. On-site registration is available. Registration fee is $25 with a $200 fundraising minimum. Registration will start at 6 a.m. for the 75- and 100-mile rides, which will begin at 7 a.m. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. for the 7-, 30- and 50-mile rides, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Routes will include oceanfront sights as well as backcountry roads that are popular with cyclists. For more information, contact Jim Duckworth, event director at or 619-234-9897, ext. 7418, or visit
Kubitsky said he is training for the 50-mile ride, and is inviting local cyclists to join his team. He can be reached at, or (619) 463-9400. Summit Transmissions has operated in the East County since 1982. Kubitsky acquired the company in 1992, and relocated the full-service auto repair shop to 7633 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa in 2006.