This Weekend’s Car Show & Event Round-Up

May 11, 2010

This weekend is packed with more opportunities for hot rod shops and enthusiasts to pull their treasured classic cars out of storage and show them off! Here’s the lowdown on 10 shows happening this weekend around the country that you can attend to highlight your best work and get acquainted with potential customers.

The 4th edition of the Meguiar’s Orange County Get Together, a Goodguys event, takes place Saturday and Sunday at the O.C. Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, California. The event will feature an indoor car show, cruise lane, vendor exhibits, live entertainment, an outdoor midway, autograph sessions and autocross. The show runs Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $17 and kids 7-12 get in for $6. Parking is $5. For more information, visit www.ocgettogether.com.

The Best of Times Nostalgia Nationals takes place at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Virginia, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Racing will take place all three days with classes set up to accept most any race car 25 years or older. The Two Day Hot Rod show will be part a major part of the event with a Top 20 Legends Pick on Saturday and a Top 25 Judged Show on Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m. all three days and tickets are $15 for one day or $25 for the weekend. Children 12 and under are free and Best of Times members receive $5 off at the gate with a valid ID card. For more information, visit www.bestoftimes.ning.com.

The 2nd Annual Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance takes place Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael, California. A collection of noteworthy cars will be on display, including Janis Joplin’s hand-painted 1965 Porsche 365c Cabriolet, a 1924 Model T Roadster and a 1929 Buick Argentina Hearse. Blackie Gejeian and Ed Iskenderian will also be honored at the event, which will benefit Hospice by the Bay. The event will also feature a car show in which vehicles will be judged in 18 classes. Admission at the gate is $15 general and children under 16 are admitted free with an adult. Tickets to a private VIP Tent with gourmet food and wine pairings are also available for $75, which includes admission to the Concours. Raffle tickets to win an exclusive Parmigiani watch valued at $18,000 are available for $25. For more information, visit www.marinsonomaconcours.org.

The San Juan River Rod Run Car Show is taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The event begins Friday evening with registration, a meet-and-greet, art show and poker run. Saturday features a show-and-shine car show, art show, poker run, awards presentation and street dance. Sunday features a burrito breakfast, art market and wine tasting. For more information, visit www.pagosaspringschamber.com.

Billetproof’s 7th Annual Motor City Mania will be held Saturday at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event is open to 1964-and-earlier traditional-style rods and customs, and traditionally styled choppers and bobbers only. The event will also feature vendor and artist booths, live bands playing throughout the day, a pinstriping panel jam and a used vintage car parts swap meet. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 13. For more information, visit www.billetproof.com.

The 2010 Pinup Bizzare – Kustom Kulture Festival is taking place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. at The Silverdale Beach Hotel in Silverdale, Washington. The event, which will benefit the Central Kitsap Food Bank, will feature a pre-1965 traditional rod, kustom and motorcycle show, pinup contest, beer garden and live entertainment. Tickets for the festival are $20 in advance, $25 day of. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit www.therockitroost.com.

The Shake, Rattle & Roll Spring Car Show is taking place in Historic Downtown Suffolk, Virginia, Saturday. The event honors the racers, records and fans of the old quarter-mile concrete track at Suffolk Airport. The car show will also feature music, food, vendors and pedal-car racing for children age 6 and under. For more information, visit www.suffolk-fun.com.

The 2010 Project Lifesaver Car Show is taking place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Warhill High School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Awards will be presented for the top 35 vehicles, as well as Chief’s Award and People’s Choice. Presented by the Classic Cruisers Car Club, the event will also feature raffles, food and music. The event benefits Project Lifesaver, a program that uses radio transmitters to track clients that have Alzheimer’s and related mental dysfunction disorders. For more information, visit www.ccccofva.org.

The Dead Man’s Curve First Annual Spring Fling is taking place Saturday at the Hot Rod Farm in Montville, New Jersey. The event is open to pre-1972 vehicles and will feature music by The Razorbacks. Special guests include Butch Patrick (The Munsters) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days). Admission to the event is $10 for spectators, free for cars and drivers. For more information, visit www.deadmanscurvecustommachines.com.

The Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield, Missouri, is hosting the All Austin-Healy Car Show on its outdoor Sachs Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Austin-Healey automobiles from various St. Louis and Midwest area collectors, ranging from the model first produced in 1953 to the last model produced in 1967, will be on display at the show, which is free to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the car show. Admission to the museum will be reduced from $8 to $5 during the car show. For more information, visit www.kempautomuseum.org.