This weekend, associations, communities, museums and car clubs around the country are hosting car shows and cruises that give retailers the opportunity to show off their projects, connect with new customers and support local organizations. Here’s information on eight of those events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter (http://twitter.com/HRRMag) throughout the week.
The Black Top Nationals takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Wichita, Kansas. Organizers expect more than 4,000 cars, trucks and bikes to compete for cash awards and prizes in more than 13 classes. The BTN will also host a collector car and motorcycle auction featuring rare and exotic cars, bikes and purpose vehicles to be auctioned off to benefit the Kansas Aviation Museum, McPherson College Restoration Program and Wichita Children’s Home. The weekend will also include two cruise nights, an open autocross, drifting exhibition, manufacturers’ midway, food and beer gardens. For more information, visit www.blacktopnationals.com.
The Goodguys‘ 24th annual West Coast Nationals takes place in Pleasanton, California, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature over 3,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 competing for special awards including 2010 America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, 2010 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2010 Truck of the Year Early Finalist, Goodguys Builders Choice Awards, Street Rodder Top 100 Event and PPG Dream Car categories. The show will also feature vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, Cars 4 Sale Corral, the Goodgals Gallery, seminars, a model and pedal car show, a toy and miniature car display, a mini engines display, the Pinstrippers Brush, and other activities. For more information, visit www.good-guys.com.
Corvettes at Carlisle takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The event is billed by organizers as the world’s largest Corvette extravaganza, providing Corvette enthusiasts from all generations with a weekend of entertainment and education. The event will include a swap meet, autocross, dyno testing, burnouts, an all-Corvette car corral, a manufacturers’ midway and installation alley. Attendees are invited to take part in the all-Corvette parade that will drive through downtown Carlisle. Representatives from GM will be onsite all weekend. For more information, visit www.carlisleevents.com.
The 32nd Annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Macungie, Pennsylvania. The event was created to give enthusiasts the opportunity to show off their rides and have a great weekend of fun, relaxation andan opportunity to meet with friends, according to organizers. Activities during the week include NSRA inspections, a car cruise, a poker run, tech seminars, auctions, live entertainment, bingo, dances, children’s activities, raffles and an awards presentation. The jamboree will benefit local charities and vocational technology graduates. For more information, visit www.wheelsoftime.org/jamboree.shtml.
The Foremost 6th Annual 28th Street Metro Cruise takes place Friday and Saturday in the West Michigan communities of Cascade Township, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood and Wyoming. Boasting “15 miles of cool cars,” the cruise will feature an automotive swap meet, car corral, car show, custom motorcycle display, vendors, a chassis dyno challenge, a Metro Million High-Valued Cars Pass & Review, food and entertainment. For more information, visit www.28thstreetmetrocruise.com.
Over five decades of the world’s most-famous movie and TV cars will be on display at the Hollywood Star Car Show at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York, on Saturday and Sunday. Ten of the most-famous entertainment cars will be on display, including the original Batmobile, the original General Lee, KITT from “Knight Rider,” the ECTO-1 from “Ghostbusters,” James Bond’s Aston Martin, the Monkeemobile and additional surprise cars. Hollywood guests in attendance include Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear from “Starsky & Hutch”), Butch Patrick (Eddie from “The Munsters”) and George Barris, the King of Kustomizers. Scheduled events include a custom and classic indoor and outdoor car show, rides, booth vendors, prizes, and trophy awards presented by Barris to winning entry cars. For more information, visit www.cradleofaviation.org.
The 33rd annual LeMay Car Show & Auction takes place Saturday in Tacoma, Washington. The show will feature an assortment of 1,000 vintage collector cars with additional collections of dolls, antiques, and nostalgic memorabilia housed within the themed rooms of the LeMay Museum. Vehicles will be judged in 12 classes. The auction will feature several dozen restorable/parts cars. Vendors will be on-site at both the LeMay Grounds and the Marymount Grounds offering food and beverages for sale. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.
Graffitti Night takes place Saturday in Folsom, California. Presented by The Cappuccino Cruisers and Folsom’s Sutter Street Merchants Association, the event will feature over 200 vehicles participating in a pre-1974 classic car, truck, hot rod and street rod show, plus a vendors’ alley, awards, raffles and performances from three bands. Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins from the movie “American Graffiti” will be on hand to sign autographs. For more information, visit www.capcruz.com/events.html.