This Weekend’s Car Show & Event Round-Up

May 19, 2010

Attending a car show can be a great way to get exposure for your shop. Here’s the lowdown on 10 shows and events taking place this weekend around the country.

The Fourth Annual Monterey Rock & Rod Festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. This classic and custom car show and oldies rock festival benefits Gateway Center of Monterey County, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves the needs of developmentally disabled adults throughout Monterey County. The show will feature hundreds of pre-1972 hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, trucks and customs. The event will kick off on Friday evening with a Sock Hop featuring live 1950s- and 1960s-style music starting at 6 pm. Saturday will feature the car show and performances from a variety of rock ‘n roll bands on the Payton Stage, including headlining act The Shirelles featuring Beverly Lee. Sunday will be a continuation of the car show and more live rock and roll music, along with the awards presentations on the Payton Stage. For more information, visit

Dana Mecum’s 23rd Original Spring Classic Auction takes place Wednesday through Sunday, May 19-23 in the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion in Indianapolis. The auction will feature more than 1,750 vehicles and a variety of collectible neon signs and automobilia up for bid. Among the vehicles going up for are a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Ram Air 428 Cobra Jet, a Rally Red 1970 Hemi Cuda and a fully restored 427/425 HP 1966 Corvette Coupe. Tickets will be available at the door for $15. For more information, visit

The Bama Coast Cruise presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 20-22 at the Wharf Resort & Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. The event includes a $3,000 poker run, Show & Shine, vendors, a live DJ, top 25 judging and a parade cruise. Masters Television Inc. will be on-site Saturday to film a television show about the Bama Coast Cruise for the Fox Sports Network that will air in June. For more information, visit

California Car Cover’s 15th Annual Car Show & Open House takes place Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the company’s Chatsworth, California, headquarters. This NSRA Appreciation Day event will feature hundreds of classic cars on display, raffle prize drawing, NSRA safety inspections and a DJ playing classic music. A free appreciation day hat pin for will be given to NSRA members, courtesy of Borgeson Universal Co. For more information, visit

The Spring Fling at the Beach takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The event will feature vendors, a swap meet, entertainment and door prizes. There will be awards given to the top 100 cars, as well to the Best Chevy, Best GM Non-Chevy, Best Ford, Best Chrysler, Best Rat Rod, Best Vintage Race Car, Best in Show and other categories. Admission is $8 for adults; children 10 and under are free. For more information, visit

The Goodguys 5th Bridgestone Rod & Custom Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday LP Field in Nashville, featuring over 2,000 hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars and trucks. Activities include a manufacturer’s midway, the autocross (an electronically timed vehicle agility course), live entertainment, a swap meet, car corral and children’s activities. In light of the recent flooding of the greater Nashville area, Goodguys has partnered with Hands on Nashville, a local volunteer network, to help raise money for the victims of the flood at the event. General admission is $18, kids 7-12 $6. For more information, visit

The N.J. Vintage Grand Prix and Family Festival takes place Friday through Sunday at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. The event will feature vintage racing and will honor those who serve our country. The event, according to organizers, will feature the largest collection of pre-war racecars of any club in the country, including the world-renowned Monterey Classic Car week. There will also be a 450-motorcycle-strong honor escort bringing wounded warriors and veterans to the track on Saturday. On Sunday, high school seniors who are enlisted in the armed forces will be honored. Admission is $12 for one-day or three-day tickets can be purchased for $28. For more information, visit

The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy’s Salute to Veterans takes place Saturday at the Southfield American House in Southfield, Michigan, and will feature a military and classic car convoy that begins at the SANGB Museum at 7:30 a.m. The event will also feature historical displays, weapon demonstrations, period music, a silent auction and games for the kids. Proceeds will benefit the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy’s museum building fund. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and children under 5 are free. For more information, visit

The Kemp Auto Museum’s 3rd Annual Classic Invitational Auto takes place Sunday in Chesterfield, Missouri. The show, which features automobiles from the top private collections in the area, will be held both inside the Museum and outdoors on the Sachs Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A portion of the museum admissions proceeds will benefit Ranken Jordon, a pediatric specialty hospital. For more information, visit

The Cruisin for a Cure event takes place Sunday at Collin’s Trim Shop in La Habra, California, to benefit the Hope for a Cure Guild which raises money for research and education for Type 1/Juvenile Diabetes. Each driver will be provided a path map that will navigate them 6.5 miles to different points of interest in La Habra. At each stop they will receive a raffle ticket to be placed in the drawing at the end of the route at Don Steves Chevrolet dealership. Goody bags, lunch and T-shirts will be provided to each driver or car registered. Spectators can view the cars for free and purchase lunch for $5. The event is open to all pre-1979 vehicles. For more information, visit