If you’re not able to make it to Indianapolis this St. Patrick’s Day weekend for the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show, there are still plenty of other car shows, cruises and events taking place around the country to give you the opportunity to show off your latest builds, connect with fellow enthusiasts and support community organizations.
Here’s information on 10 such events, including the 1st Spring Lone Star Nationals and World of Wheels Omaha. The 4th Annual Shamrock Show and Hooter’s Poker Run takes place Thursday through Sunday in Manteo, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, North Carolina. Sponsored by the First Flight Cruisers, the rain-or-shine weekend of events will feature a reception; poker run; car, truck and bike show; and St. Patrick’s Day parade. For more information, click here.
The METALfab 2011 Trade Show runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Presented by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association, the four-trade trade show and expo features educational seminars, demonstrations, supplier exhibits and networking opportunities. For more information, click here.
Goodguys’ 1st Spring Lone Star Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The event will feature over 1,500 1972-and-earlier rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks on display, as well as vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, a cars-for-sale corral, the Goodguys Autocross, live entertainment, giveaways, awards presentations, and more. For more information, click here. World of Wheels comes to the Qwest Center in Omaha Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature some of the nation’s finest street rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles competing for cash prizes in 22 classes. World of Wheels will also include special vehicle exhibits, guest appearances and BMX Freestyle stunt shows. For more information, click here.
The 55th Annual Portland Roadster Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Portland Expo Center in Oregon. The event will feature custom creations from local and national builders, TV and movie cars, and some of the best vehicles being built at Portland/Vancouver area high school students. Special guests including Gene Winfield, John D’Agostino, Jay Ohrberg and Candy Clark will be on hand to sign autographs and talk with attendees. The event will also feature live music, The Rose City Rollers roller derby team, the Paint Slinger’s Shoot-Out, awards presentations and vendors. For more information, click here.
The 9th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. The event will feature muscle car drag racing, car shows, a burnout contest, swap meet and vendor midway. Over 50 awards will be presented each day to collectible, stock and modified muscle cars, hot rods, trucks and specialty vehicles at the car shows. For more information, click here.
The 3rd Annual Southern Pines Car & Truck Show takes place Saturday in Dublin, Georgia. Part of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Arts & Crafts Festival, the car and truck show will recognize the Best of Show in trailered and non-trailered classes, as well as Best Ford, Best Paint, Best GM, Best Interior, Best Mopar, People’s Choice and Top 20 Car/Truck with cash prizes. The festival will feature over 75 craft, food and amusement vendors. For more information, click here.
Foothills Autofest Open Car Show takes place Saturday at the Parkway Drive-In Theatre in Maryville, Tennessee. Sponsored by the Knox Volks Motor Club, the event is open to classics, hot rods, tuners, imports, trucks, exotics and all auto enthusiasts. Foothills Autofest will feature classic music, a 50/50 cash giveaway, games and prizes. Trophy plaques will be presented to the Top 50 cars. The event will benefit Knox Area Rescue Ministries. For more information, click here.
The Back to Our Future Car Show & Festival takes place Saturday in Lynn, Alabama. Sponsored by the Winston County Cruisers, the event will feature trophy presentations, a 50/50 pot, drawings, door prizes, music, a cake walk, food, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, vendors, a yard sale, and a talent show. Proceeds will benefit the Lynn Fire Department and Lynn School. For more information, click here.
The 7th Annual Dad’s Club Car Show takes place Saturday in Tulare, California. Sponsored by the Sundale School Dad’s Club, the event will benefit clubs, organizations and classes at the school. For more information, click here.