Thanksgiving Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Nov 23, 2011

Take a break from the turkey and the shopping frenzy to attend one of the many car shows being held around the country, like Goodguys 1st Fall Del Mar Nationals or the O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama Houston. Information on these and five additional cars shows are detailed below. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The event will showcase hot rods and muscle cars from throughout the Houston region, as well as special feature cars like the 2011 Camaro Transformers Special Edition, which was custom-built for the filming of “Transformers 3”. Over $40,000 in cash, merchandise and trophies will be presented in categories including Best Rod, Best Truck and Best Custom. For more information, click here.

The Daytona Turkey Run takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event will feature show cars, a swap meet, a car corral, crafts and antiques and concessions. The car show is open to American-made street rods, customs, antiques and muscle cars through 1979. Foreign and domestic exotics, and late-model vehicles, will be displayed on a limited basis. The Turkey Run will also feature various nighttime activities, including live entertainment and trike races. For more information, visit

Goodguys presents the 1st Fall Del Mar Nationals Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. The event will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 competing for awards including 2012 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist,  2012 Truck of the Year Early Finalist and 2012 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist. The show will also feature vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, a cars-for-sale corral, the Goodguys Autocross, a model and pedal car show and live entertainment. The Super Sunday Get-Together will be open to any make, model and year American-made or American-powered cars and trucks. For more information, visit

The United Ford Owners Car Club presents its 25th annual Fall SuperSwap Saturday and Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. The all-Ford indoor swap meet and car corral will be held in four buildings at the Ohio Expo Center. New, used, aftermarket, Mustang, 5.0, 4.6, high-performance, classic, restoration, NOS, trim and vintage parts will be for sale, in addition to literature, collectibles, die-cast and vehicles. Cash drawings will be held throughout both days of SuperSwap. For more information, click here.

The Operation Guardian Inc. Car & Truck Show takes place Saturday in Chesapeake, Virginia. The event will feature cars, trucks and motorcycles competing for Participants Choice Awards. It will also feature entertainment, concessions and door prizes. Children under the age of 15 are invited to bring their bicycles for a separate bike show. Proceeds will benefit Operation Guardian Inc., a foundation that provides and assists public safety chaplains. For more information, e-mail

Turkey Day Madness takes place Saturday at Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will feature an indoor car show, sound off and drift expo, and a variety of contests. Participants and attendees area asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots. For more information, click here.

The Kitchener Automotive Swap Meet takes place Sunday at Bingemans in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The show will feature over 200 vendor tables offering auto parts and accessories, auto-related memorabilia, advertising signs, and gas station memorabilia. For more information, visit