Mother’s Day Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

May 4, 2011

What are you doing for Mother’s Day? How about taking the special mom in your life to a car show? Schools and community organizations around the country are hosting events this weekend that will give your shop the opportunity to show off projects, meet new customers, support great causes and spend quality time with that special mom. Here’s information on 10 such events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

Burning up the Beaches takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The event is open to all cars and will include cruises, awards presentations, dyno racing and live music. The Fabulous Beach Party at The Swamp takes place Saturday night and will feature live music, food, drinks and the drawdown to $5,000 in cash and prizes. For more information, visit

The Les Schwab Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show takes place Friday and Saturday in East Wenatchee, Washington. The event begins Friday with an evening parade, beginning on the corner of Third and Georgia Streets. The car show begins at noon on Saturday at Eastmount Community Park and will include apple bin races, a performance by The Blues Brothers Too and an awards ceremony. For more information, click here.

The Stray Kat 500 takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Dewey, Oklahoma. Friday will feature the Reliability Run to Prairie Song and an evening reception. Saturday will include the car show, screenings of hot rod movies and live music. Sunday features the car show, judging, a blessing of the rides and awards ceremony. For more information, visit

The Coldwater Swap Meet & Car Show takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Branch County Fairgrounds in Coldwater, Michigan. The annual Mother’s Day weekend event will feature over 1,600 show cars, over 100 show motorcycles and over 300 vendors, according to show organizers. A cruise through downtown Coldwater will begin Saturday at 4 p.m. and a Blessing of the Bikes will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. A Saturday night After Cruise Party featuring live music, special parking for cruisers, and food and drink specials will be held at Sirens Grille. All proceeds from the weekend event will benefit local charities. For more information, click here.

The 10th Annual Arroyo Car Show classic and custom car and motorcycle show takes place Saturday at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California. Organizers expect hundreds of classic and custom cars, street rods, trucks, muscle cars, lowriders, motorcycles and bicycles at the event, which will also include live music, vendors and contests. Proceeds will benefit high school sports programs. For more information, visit

Kustomizer George Barris will bring the Munster Koach, as well as several other movie and television cars, to the Culver City Car Show this Saturday.

The George Barris Cruisin’ Back to the ’50s Culver City Car Show takes place Saturday in Culver City, California. Over 400 classic cars and hot rods are expected at the eighth annual event, which will also feature vendors, music and food. George Barris, King of the Kustomizers, will be bringing some of his famous creations, including the Munster Koach, to the show. Proceeds will benefit local children’s charities. For more information, visit

Parkland College Motorsports will present a car show Saturday on the college’s Champaign, Illinois, campus. Awards will be presented in 26 car and truck classes. Additionally, 12 Students Choice Awards will be presented to vehicles that will be featured in the next Parkland Motorsports calendar. The event will feature an autocross, food, music and door prizes. A rain date has been set for September 24. For more information, visit

The Spirit of Flight Center in Erie, Colorado, is hosting its Rods & Wings Days, beginning this Saturday. Prizes will be given to the best car, motorcycle and plane at the event, which also features a pancake breakfast. Cars, motorcycles and aircrafts from 1935-1975 are encouraged to attend. Rods & Wings Days will also be held June 11 and July 9, leading up to the 3rd Annual Spirit of Flight Day on July 23. For more information, visit

The 11th Annual Smoke Rise Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show takes place Saturday at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Dozens of trophies will be awarded in categories including Best of Show and Pastors Choice. For more information, visit

The NSRA’s Street Rod Nationals South Plus also takes place this weekend, running Friday through Sunday at the Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information, click here.