Labor Day Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Sep 1, 2010

The long Labor Day Weekend traditionally marks the end of summer and is being celebrated across the country by various communities and organizations with a number of car shows and events. Below are details on 10 shows and events going on around the country this weekend that give you the opportunity to show off your hottest creations, mingle with potential customers and support worthy organizations. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter ( throughout the week.

The National Corvette Museum’s 16th Anniversary Celebration and Hall of Fame Induction takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Throughout the weekend there will be a car show, road tours, autocross, poker runs, seminars, a live auction, live entertainment, raffles and other activities. Three new members will be welcomed into the Museum’s Hall of Fame on Friday. For more information, visit

The Goodguys’ 9th Mid-Western Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas. Throughout the weekend, over 2,000 rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 will be on display. The event will also feature a Goodgals Gallery, hot rod seminars, vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, a cars-for-sale corral, a model and pedal car show, a special track cruise, and the Goodguys Street Challenge AutoCross. Special awards will be presented in the following categories: 2010 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2010 Custom Rod of the Year Finalist, 2010 Truck of the Year Late Finalist, 2010 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist, PPG Dream Car, Lane’s Builder’s Choice Awards, Street Rodder Top 100 Event, and Classic Trucks Finest 5. For more information,

Cruising Downtown takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Manchester, New Hampshire. The event kicks off Friday with an open house at Auto Body Specialists, an open house at Carrol St. Auto, and a kick-off party and cruise night at Slammers Sports Bar & Grill. Saturday features live music and a cruise night. Sunday features a poker run, barbecue and cruise night. For more information, visit

Golden State Classics Car Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Paso Robles, California. The event is open to all street-legal, licensed and insured 1979-and-older cars and trucks. The itinerary for the weekend includes a cruise, car show and Sunday drive. Cars will be judged in the following classes: street rod pre-1931, street rod 1932-1934, street rod 1935-1940, fat fender 1941-1949, truck pre-1949, T bucket, 1955-1957 Chevy modified, truck 1949-1979, cars 1950s, Mustang, muscle car, cars 1960s, antiques, Corvette 1953-1979, cars 1970s, race cars, Camaro, Ranchero and El Camino, stock 1931-1949, 1955-1957 Chevy original, and sport and foreign cars. For more information, visit

The 11th Annual Mopar Thunder takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bristol, Tennessee. The weekend-long event features Mopar vs. The World on Friday night, pitting Mopars against all comers. Additional races take place throughout the weekend. The Keisler Engineering Car Show takes place Saturday. The event will also feature vendors, a swap meet and a car corral. For more information, visit

The Wisconsin Street Rod Association’s 39th Annual Corn Roast & Car Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. The event, which draws 600 to 800 cars and 4,000 to 5,000 spectators each year, according to organizers, will feature live music; dancing; a parade; a kids’ fun center; vendors; a poker run; bingo; junior drag races; a model car contest; kids’ games; awards; a 50/50 drawing; door prizes; the Sunday corn roast and more. For more information, visit

The 5th Annual Just Kruzin’ for the Boy’s Ranch Fundraiser takes place Saturday in Danville, Alabama. The event is open to anything that “rolls,” including cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors, according to show organizers. Each house at the ranch will select their favorite vehicle to win a trophy. The event will feature oldies music, food, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and a $1,000 money tree. Proceeds will benefit the Alabama Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, whose mission is to provide family-style residential homes to Alabama’s needy, neglected or abused school-age children. For more information, visit

The Wall Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum’s latest exhibit, “Axes & Axles” The Art of Building Cars and Guitars” opens Saturday in Pomona, California. This exhibit will feature a collection of rare photographs, rock memorabilia and personal cars and guitars from celebrities including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Chip Foose, Billy Gibbons and Brian Setzer. As part of the 60th anniversary of the Fender Telecaster guitar, the exhibit will also illustrate the history of Fender and celebrate the Telecaster. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31, 2011. For more information, visit

Naperville Crossing’s Labor Day Monday Car/Bike Show takes place Monday in Naperville, Illinois. The event is open to all classic, muscle, antique and custom vehicles. Awards will be offered to the top 50 vehicles, plus five best in show awards will be presented. The first 100 entries will receive a dash plaque. For more information, visit

The Labor Day Toys-for-Tots Car Cruise-In, hosted by Portland Motor Club, takes place Monday in Portland, Maine. The annual event is open to all types of vehicles and will feature food, live music and prizes. The entrance fee is a new, unwrapped toy that will be collected by members of the United States Marine Corps as part of its Toys for Tots program. Portland Motor Club’s facility will also be open throughout the day for tours. For more information, visit