Car clubs, communities and organizations are offering plenty of opportunities for dads to show off their classic cars and trucks this Father’s Day weekend. Here’s information on 13 shows and events you can attend to highlight your best work, get acquainted with potential customers and help your community. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter (http://twitter.com/HRRmag) throughout the week.
Cruisin’ Gratiot, an annual, week-long celebration of automotive history, tradition and memorabilia, runs through Saturday in the Eastpointe, Michigan. The events include car shows, contests and family outings, all culminating in a day-long cruise on Saturday. Car shows will be held throughout the week and trophies will be presented. For more information, visit www.cruisin-gratiot.com.
The week-long 2010 Model A Restorers Club National Meet concludes as an estimated 500-“800 Model As will travel from French Lick, Indiana on an 84-mile trip to the Ohio River to tour the restored Laconia/Cedar Farm. The meet will include a swap meet, seminars, rallies, parties, tours and an awards banquet. For more information, visit www.2010marcmeet.com.
The third annual Cruisin’ Classic Car Show takes place Friday at Silverado Senior Living in Encinitas, California. Sponsored by Lil’ Guys Car Club, this event gives residents, caregivers and family members at the center for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory impairment the opportunity to get dressed in 1950s outfits, listen to sock hop music and check out colorful cars with tail fins and wooden side panels. For more information, visit www.silveradosenior.com.
Yerington’s High Roller Car Show takes place Friday through Sunday in Yerington, Nevada. The event, sponsored by Dini’s Lucky Club and the Kiwanis Club of Yerington, includes a car show, poker run, two dances, a no-host cocktail party, live music, a costume contest, food, vendors and raffles. Cash prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit http://dinisluckyclub.com/dlc_web_site_009.htm.
The 25th annual Classic at Pismo Beach takes place Friday through Sunday in Pismo Beach, California. The show, held annually on the third full weekend of June, pulls in 1,000 classic cars and street rods and over 125,000 spectators over three days, according to organizers. The event lineup includes a show-and-shine, poker run, cruise, opening-night gala, charity poker tournament, live entertainment, charity auction and vendors. For more information, visit www.thepismobeachclassic.com.
New Jersey Motorsports Park hosts the inaugural Devil in the Dark 12-hour endurance race Friday through Saturday in Millville, New Jersey. Conducted under the auspices of the South Jersey Region of the Sports Car Club of America, teams will participate in a medley of different classes that will take the green flag at high noon and continue to battle over the next 12 hours finishing at the crack of midnight. Pit stops for refueling and driver changes will take place at strategic intervals. For more information, visit www.thedevilinthedark.com.
Chop-Shop Customs in Woburn, Massachusetts, is hosting its 3rd Annual Open House on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. All classic and custom vehicles are welcomed to attend this family-friendly event, which will also feature music and local vendors. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to local charity. For more information, visit www.chop-shopcustoms.com.
Muscle car fever hits Southern California as RM Auctions drops the hammer on over 100 Detroit muscle and modern performance vehicles during its Classic Muscle & Modern Performance auction in San Diego on Saturday. In total, the single-day sale will offer some 27 Pontiacs, including 17 GTOs, 26 Corvettes, seven Chevelles, six Mustangs, five 442 Convertibles and three Camaro Z/28s, along with an assortment of late-model vehicles. For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com.
The Planes, Trains & Automobiles event takes place in Baldwin City, Kansas, on Saturday. Antique and classic cars, street rods, vintage motorcycles, and antique tractors will be on display during the event. Train rides will be offered by Midland Railway and plane rides will be offered at Vinland Airport. The event will also include a pancake breakfast, farmer’s market, vendors, a 5K run/walk, a bicycle ride, a quilt and art show, tae kwon do and square dance demonstrations, and live music. For more information, visit http://baldwincitychamber.com.
The Dominators Hot Rod Club will hold its 8th annual Father’s Day Breakfast Cruise Sunday on the lawn of the Holliston Historical Society in Holliston, Massachusetts. Anyone with a car or motorcycle of interest is invited to participate and, based on previous years’ attendance, organizers expected that up to 100 antique cars, customs and hot rods will be on display. Trophies will be presented. Proceeds will benefit the Holliston Historical Society. For more information, visit www.hollistonhistoricalsociety.org.
EyesOn Design and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) will host the 23rd EyesOn Design Automotive Design Show on Sunday at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. The annual event is a celebration of world-class design in the area of transportation. This year’s theme is “The Evolution of an Automobile Design.” The event supports the DIO’s mission of providing assistance for the visually impaired and preserving vision through education and research. For more information, visit www.eyesondesigncarshow.com.
Connell Chevrolet will host its inaugural General Motors Cruise-In on Sunday in Costa Mesa, California. The event will give participants the opportunity to have their vehicles assessed by a Barrett-Jackson executive who will present three Barrett-Jackson Choice Awards. The first 100 entrants will receive to free tickets to the Orange County Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, to be held June 25-“27. The free event will include food, music and giveaways. For more information, visit www.connellchevrolet.com.
The Pasadena Police Department will host its Classic Car Show on Sunday in Pasadena, California. Open to vehicles from 1930-“1974, the show will present first-place trophies to open and closed automobiles and light trucks, hot rods, stock modified, and imports. Awards will also be presented for Best in Show, People’s Choice and the Police Chief’s Favorite. The event will also include a police helicopter ride auction, 50/50 cash drawing, live music, food booths, a LoJack system auction and raffles. For more information, visit http://cityofpasadena.net/Police.