Car show season is coming to a close, giving you only a few more weeks to attend local shows and events and network with potential clients. Organizations, charities and car clubs all over the country are hosting events that give you an opportunity to show off your latest project while helping your community. Here’s just a few of the events that are taking place this weekend. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter (http://twitter.com/HRRMag) throughout the week.
Goodguys’ 3rd Nostalgia Nationals will take place Friday-Sunday, October 15-17 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The event will feature thousands of rods, customs, classics and race cars through 1972 vintage, as well as three days of nostalgia drag racing, a Show n’ Shine, commercial exhibits, a swap meet, Cars 4 Sale Corral and live nostalgia entertainment. Special sections at Saturday’s car show will include “Mighty Muscle (1955-1972)”, “Goodguys Builder’s Choice,” “Trick Truck Corral”, “Homebuilt Heaven” and “Ya Gotta Drive ’em.” Awards will be given in a variety of categories. Hours for the event are as follows: Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 8a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: 8a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.nostalgianats.com/.
The 19th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion will take place Friday- Sunday at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California. The event, which is presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, features hundreds of street rods, customs, and muscle cars as well as the California Hot Rod Reunion Swap Meet, Manufacturers Midway, and celebrity appearances. On Friday night, Bill Bagshaw, Don Long, Al “Mousie” Marcellus, Tom Prufer and the team of Steinegger and Eshenbaugh will be honored at the California Hot Rod Reunion Reception. Saturday will feature qualifying for the drag racers, as well as the famous Cacklefest. Sunday will offer more nostalgia drag racing, including the final elimination runs. The Winners Circle Awards Presentation will take place after the last run. Three-day credentials are available for $65, and individual tickets will be available at the gate. For more information, go to http://museum.nhra.com/.
The St. Louis Fall Classic & Exotic Car Auction, presented by Motoexotica Classic Cars & Manheim St. Louis, will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction will be held indoors at Manheim’s 300-acre facility, beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Doors will open both days at 8 a.m. for a vehicle preview. Four hundred vehicles are expected at the event. For more information, go to http://www.motoexotica.com/.
Free State Corvette Club is hosting its “Live Life as Played” Corvette Weekend, a two-day event in Ocean City, Maryland on Friday and Saturday night. The event boasts three car shows, three Road Rallyes, a Friday Night Welcoming Party, a Corvette Boardwalk parade and dinner. Over 700 Corvettes are expected to be at the car shows. Trophies will be awarded to all of the winners from the car shows and road rallies. Online pre-registration for the event is closed; however there will be an opportunity to register at the event. For more information, go to http://freestatecorvette.com/The2010Event/tabid/65/Default.aspx.
Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is hosting its first-ever Ride for Shelter Poker Run this Saturday at 1 p.m. All motorcycles and classic cars are invited to participate in a county-wide poker run, with stops to include Pottstown, Pennsburg, Harleysville and Upper Dublin. The cost to register is $20 per person, and $10 for an additional rider or passenger. The cost includes a T-shirt and a post-event barbeque. Prizes will be given for the best hand, worst hand and highest total sum. For more information, go to http://www.habitatmontco.org/pokerrun.html.
The Retro Power Hot Rod Gathering will be held on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Liberty Municipal Park in Liberty, Texas. The event will be open to rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972. Registered participants will have the chance to win the Grand Prize Giveaway, a custom-built five-gauge instrument set. Guest judges will also be on-hand awarding specialty trophies. Other event highlights include a barbeque pit, door prizes and music. The event will also feature the Rompin’ and Stompin’ Contest for exhausts, vendor booths, and a caravan cruise through town. Pre-registration for the event is $25; on-site registration will be $30. General admission to the event is $5. For more information, go to http://www.retropower.com/.
The California Automobile Museum, located in Sacramento, California, will host an “Artomotive” Photography Class on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. Local photography enthusiast Bill Millard will teach participants the basic steps and skills needed for automotive photography. Students are asked to bring their own camera and supplies (including a flash and/or a polarizing lens if you own one). Students must be at least 12 years old, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels are welcome; however some basic experience is assumed. The cost is $10 per student for Museum members and $15 per student for non-members. The cost includes Museum admission. For more information, go to http://www.calautomuseum.org/.
The Pomona Swap Meet & Car Show, which is billed on its website as the “West Coast’s largest antique auto, Corvette, Porsche, street rod and Volkswagen swap meet and car show,” will take place at the Fairplex in Pomona, California this Sunday from 5 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Pomona Swap Meet vendors sell only car parts and automotive-related items; no other items will be sold at the event. Hundreds of parts sellers are expected at the event, selling hard-to-find car parts and accessories at swap meet prices. Thousands of vehicles from all across the country will also be displayed by their owners in five distinct Cars for Show & Sale Areas; pre-1975 antique autos, any year Corvettes, any year Porsches, pre-1957 street rods and pre-1975 Volkswagens. For more information, go to http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/.
Long Island Cars will host its Best Cars on Long Island Car Show and Swap Meet on Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in St. James, New York. The event will take place at the Flowerfield Fairgrounds and will feature hundreds of classic and collectible cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Acres of vendors, participating in “Long Island’s Largest Swap Meet” will be buying, trading, and selling automobile parts, equipment, accessories and literature. In addition, the event will offer a Car Corral, a pumpkin patch and treats for kids, and trophies awarded to over 50 classes. General admission is $8 and kids under 12 years old are free. For more information, go to http://www.longislandcars.com/.