This week features with more opportunities for hot rod shops and enthusiasts to pull their treasured classic cars out of storage and let them shine. Here’s the lowdown on 11 shows and events you can attend this weekend to highlight your best work get acquainted with potential customers and even benefit community organizations.
The 2010 Mancelona Bass Festival Classic Car Show takes place Thursday from 5-9 p.m. in Mancelona, Michigan. Awards will be presented in 15 classes, as well as Fire Department’s Choice, Police Department’s Choice, club with most vehicles registered and for the registered vehicle/owner that drove the farthest. The rain-or-shine event will feature food, prizes, entertainment by DJ Stash and a banana split ice cream eating contest. Registration is $10 per car with proceeds going to Mancelona Pop Warner and Little League programs. For more information, visit www.mancelonabassfest.com
The Carlisle Ford Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The event will showcase Model T and A, Cobra, Ford GT and GT-40 models in a special display, as well as host the F-100 Explorer Reunion, the Cougar Nationals and car clubs from around the country. The event features car and part sales, an Installation Alley and mobile dyno chassis. One-day admission Friday and Saturday is $10; Sunday admission is $7. Children 8 and under are admitted for free. For more information, visit www.carlisleevents.com.
The 13th Colorado Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Loveland, Colorado. The event is open to 1972 and older rods, customs, classics and muscle cars. The event will also feature vendor and manufacturer exhibits, swap meets, a Cars 4 Sale Corral, a model and pedal car show, and the Goodguys Street Challenge Autocross. Special awards will be presented to the 2010 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2010 Truck of the Year Early Finalist, 2010 Custom Rod of the Year Finalist, 2010 Muscle Machine of the Year, Pinkee’s Builder’s Choice Awards and PPG Dream Car. General admission is $18, with kids 7-“12 admitted for $6, and kids 6 and under admitted free. For more information, visit www.good-guys.com
The Doin’ It for Kids Car & Bike Show will be held Saturday in Pomona, California. Sponsored by So-Cal Speed Shop and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the car show will present awards in how, Bombs, Luxury, Sleds, Lowrider, SUV, Originals, Bike, Customs, Hot Rods, Motorcycle and Bicycle categories. There is a $15 entry fee for cars and trucks, a $10 entry fee for bikes and a $5 entry fee for bicycles. The event begins with a cruise-in from 7-“10 a.m., followed by the car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show, which is free and open to the public, will feature live bands and vendors. The event will benefit disadvantaged youth through the Pomona Police Department’s Community Engagement Group, which helps fund youth activities in Pomona. For more information, visit www.museum.nhra.com.
The 3rd Annual Motor Mania car and motorcycle show takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hudson, New Hampshire. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hudson Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Best Antique Car, Best Street Rod, Best Street Machine/Muscle Car, Best Foreign Car, Best Sports Car, Best Truck, Best Classic Car, Best Custom Car, Best Paint Motorcycle, Publisher’s Pick, Participant’s Choice, Best in Show (Car) and Best in Show (Motorcycle). Motor Mania will feature entertainment provided by DJ Bernie D of Perfect Entertainment, local vendors, and the Nashua Police Department’s bomb squad team, truck and robot as well as their S.W.A.T. team truck. The rain date for this event is Sunday. For more information, visit www.nashuatelegraph.com/motormania.
South Side Kustoms is celebrating the opening of its new location in Buffalo, New York, with an open house Saturday from 12-“5 p.m. The event will feature a hot rod and bike cruise, a hot rod and bike show, live music, food and drinks. Trophies will be awarded to the Best of Show. For more information, visit www.south-side-kustoms.com.
The 15th annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Greenwich, Connecticut. The rain-or-shine event will feature more than 250 elegant classic American and European automobiles, as well as a regatta of classic former America’s Cup 12-metre yachts. In conjunction with the Concours, Bonham’s will hold an auction of important collector cars and automobilia on Sunday. The international relief organization AmeriCares is the charitable beneficiary. Admission is $25/day or $40 for a two-day pass, with children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free and food service is available on site. For more information, visit www.greenwichconcours.com.
The 17th Summer Get-Together will be held Saturday and Sunday in Pleasanton, California. The event will feature over 3,000 all-years American-made or powered cars and trucks, as well as a swap meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral. The Goodguys Street Challenge AutoCross, a model car show and kids’ play area, a Concours d’Elegance display, a Quarter Midget Racecar exhibition, and a Pinstripers Brush Bash will also be part of the Get-Together. Special awards will be presented to the 2010 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2010 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist and Gazette Pick. Vendors and exhibitors will also be on site. Admission is $17 for adults, $6 for kids 7-“12, and free for kids 6 and under. For more information, visit www.summergettogether.com.
Billetproof Texas takes place Saturday and Sunday in Giddings, Texas. The event is open to pre-1964 traditional- style rods and customs only. Visible billet, digital gauges, IFS or fenderless cars, trailered cars and mag wheels made after the 1960s are not allowed. The event will feature barbecue, live bands, a pinstripe panel jam and a Sunday swap meet. Registration at the gate is $35, which admits driver and passenger, and includes a Billetproof goodie bag with poster, patch and sticker. Spectator admission is $15 for two days or $10 for one. For more information, visit www.billetproof.com
George Cross & Sons presents The West Coast’s Largest Antique Auto, Corvette, Porsche, Street Rod and Volkswagen Swap Meet and Car Show Sunday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pomona, California. The event will feature thousands of vehicles for show and/or sale and thousands of auto parts and related items. There will also be concession stands located throughout the event selling a wide variety of food and beverages. General admission is $8, with children 12 an under admitted free. Any year Corvette, any year Porsche, pre-1975 Volkswagens, pre-1957 street rods and pre-1975 collector cars will be admitted for $25. Any 1931 older stock motorcar will be admitted for free. For more information, visit www.pomonaswapmeet.com.
The 2010 Hot Rod Power Tour also kicks off this weekend with a stop Saturday at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The tour will then visit Springfield, Illinois, on Sunday; DuQuoin, Illinois, on Monday; Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Tuesday; Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Wednesday, June 9; Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday, June 10; Mobile, Alabama, on Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12. For more information, visit www.hotrod.com/2010/powertour/index.html.