Car show season is in full swing, with many important events happening around the country this weekend. These events allow you to network with other builders, showcase your work and attract new potential customers. Here are nine car shows happening this weekend that you can attend to promote your business.
The 41st annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus will take place August 5-8 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the NSRA, it is one of the world’s largest automotive participation events. Between 10,000-11,000 street rods, customs, muscle cars and special interest vehicles are expected. For the first time ever, there will be vehicles from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s at the Street Rod Nationals Plus. The event will feature a special Builder’s Showcase that will include vehicles built by some of America’s premier car builders, and many of the builders will be in attendance, including Chip Foose and Darryl Starbird. A trade show of over 350 manufacturers and dealers of specialty automotive equipment will take place over the four days. The event will also include educational seminars, a special section for Mopar vehicles, entertainment, a church service and a special “Circle of Winners” on Sunday that will include 40 Outstanding Vehicles on display. Hours for the event are: Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $5 for kids.
For more information, go to www.nsra-usa.com.
The All-Truck Nationals will be held August 6-8 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The event will include, celebrity guest stars, monster trucks, a burnout contest, a drag competition, audio contest and a beauty competition. Attendees will also be able to shop for truck parts, accessories and memorabilia in the midway and swap meet. The event will also include a Kids at Carlisle activity center and a women’s oasis. Gate times on Thursday- Saturday are 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adult admission is $10, and children 8 and under are free. Weekend passes are available for $25.
For more information, go to http://carlisleevents.com/ce/events/truck-nationals/index.asp.
Kustoms of America will present the Hoosier Rod and Custom Nationals on August 6-7 in Portland, Indiana. The event will be held at the Jay County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All makes and models are welcome in the car show, which will feature drive-through judging, with 30 awards being given away. Day-of-show registration is $25. Spectating adults are $3, and kids 16 and under are free. The event will include a Friday evening cruise to Bear Creek Farms, entertainment, food, a 50/50 raffle and more.
For more information, go to www.kustomsofamerica.net.
The Honor Our Vets Car Show will be held in Albany, New York on August 7 at the Veterans Administration Hospital. All makes and models of classics, imports, exotics, muscle cars and rat rods are welcome. Awards will be given out to the Top 25, as well as a People’s Choice, Kid’s Choice, DJ Choice, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Under-Hood, Ladies’ Pick, five Veteran’s Choice awards and Best of Show. The show will also include music, food and a silent auction. There is no registration fee; however cash donations, as well as items for veteran hospital patients, are accepted.
For more information or to see the hospital’s “wish list” of items needed, go to www.honorourvetscarshow.com.
The 4th Annual Back to School Bash will take place in Newport News, Virginia on August 7. The event, which will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., will take place at the Quaker Steak & Lube and will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The event is free to the public and is open to all makes, models, and years of vehicles. Registration is $10 and will begin at 9 a.m., with judging starting at noon. Awards will be given out at 3 p.m. to the Top 50, as well as to the Best of Show and Best Club Participation entrant. The event will also include food, music, door prizes, and goodie bags and dash plaques for the first 50 registered vehicles.
For more information, go to www.hr-mopar.info.
The 9th Annual King’s Kruz-In will be held August 7 in Vancouver, Washington. The event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., will offer 60-plus class-winning trophies for rods, customs, trucks, sports cars and special interest vehicles. All vehicle entrants will receive a free BBQ lunch and a dash plaque (available to the first 250 entries.) The event will also include live music, food, and a day-long radio-controlled 1/8 and 1/10 scale racing. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for Vancouver’s Share House homeless shelter. The event will be held at Glenwood Community Church. For more information, email email@example.com.
The 5th Annual Kruizin For Kidz Car and Bike Show will take place on August 7 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Owasso, Oklahoma. The show is presented by Owasso Sertoma to benefit and support the Special Olympics. It is an open show, with awards being given to the top three vehicles in each class, and Best of Show being awarded to the winning car, bike and truck. Winners will each receive $200. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and is $20 pre-sale, $25 the day of. The show will run from 10 a.m., until 3:30 p.m., with the awards being given out at 3 p.m. The event will also include NSRA safety inspections, vendors and a raffle. For more information, go to www.owassosertoma.com.
On Sunday, August 8, 2010, starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m.,WyoTech-Long Beach will host the Wounded Warrior Car Show for the third consecutive year. The show will be held at the WyoTech-Long Beach campus and will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. The Fund provides quality of life solutions and financial aid for our injured troops and their families. The car show is open to all pre-1974 American cars, trucks, special interest vehicles and motorcycles. Pre-registered participants will receive an event T-shirt, goody bag, and dash plaque and trophies will be awarded to vehicle category winners. Spectator admission is free. The event will also include raffles, music, food and more. For more information about the show go to www.woundedwarriorcarshow.com.
Hot August Nights runs through Sunday, August 8 in Reno, Nevada. The event, which covers 10 different venues, features car shows, car displays, swap meets, auctions and vendors. Activities during the week include raffles, a poker walk, craft fair, contests, live music and celebrity appearances. For more information, visit www.hotaugustnights.net.