This Weekend’s Car Show & Event Roundup

Sep 30, 2010

Car shows and events are being held around the country this weekend, which gives builders and shop owners numerous opportunities to show off their recently completed project cars, promote their businesses and help their local communities. Here’s information on nine such events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter ( throughout the week.

The Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral takes place Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The event marks the end of the swap meet season each year and, according to show organizers, attracts thousands of enthusiasts who travel to Carlisle from all points of the globe to buy, sell and celebrate all things automotive. The swap meet and corral covers 102 acres and features 8,100 vending spaces and 2,000 vehicles. The event coincides with the Fall Carlisle Auction, which takes place Thursday and Friday. For more information, visit

The Fall Bikes, Blues, & Hot Rods Too event takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event features all-day casual cruise-ins, a car parade, a walking poker run, builders, demos, vendors, a kid’s play area, live radio broadcasts, food, cocktails and games. The 2nd Annual BBHRT Car Show takes place Sunday with 104 trophies and over $5,000 in cash and prizes scheduled to be awarded to classic cars, classic trucks, street rods, tuners, news cars with style and low-riders. For more information, visit

Goodguys’ 18th Lone Star Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday andSunday in Fort Worth, Texas. The event will feature over 1,500 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks from 1972-and-earlier, all competing for awards such as the  2010 Truck of the Year Early and Late Finalist, 2010 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2010 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist, GoodguysBuilder’s Choice Awards and PPG Dream Car. The Lone Star Nationals will also feature vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a Goodgals Gallery, a model and pedal car show, a swap meet and cars for sale corral, and the Goodguys Street Challenge AutoCross. For more information, visit

The Owens Valley Cruisers presents The Fall Colors Car Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bishop, California. The event will feature a show and shine, cruise parade, poker run, swap meet, 1950s-style dance, pancake breakfast, vendors, art show, arts and crafts show, raffles and awards. The show and shine is open to 1974-and-older classics, street rods, customs, trucks and special interest vehicles. For more information, visit

The 3rd Annual Cartober Fest classic car show takes place Saturday in Lindsay, California. The show is open to all 1974-and-older street rods, classic, muscle cars, special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles, with judging in 41 classes. Cartober Fest will also feature vendors, a chili cook-off, live music, beer booths, indoor surfing, a skate park, laser tag, rock climbing and a zip line. For more information, visit

The Friends of Main Street presents its 13th annual Fall Festival on Saturday in Winsted, Connecticut. The Fall Festival’s car show brings thousands of car enthusiasts, and trophies will be awarded in several categories. The annual event also features artists and crafters, specialty vendors, a fair food, a pie-baking contest, and a tag sale area. For more information, visit

The ididit Car Show & Open Housetakes place Saturday in Tecumseh, Michigan. The show is open to all 1979-and-older vehicles with judging taking place in seven classes: Street Rod 1936 & Earlier, Street Rod 1937-“1948, Muscle Car/Street Machine, Classic/Restored, Lead Sled/Custom, Truck, and Sport Car/Special Interest. The event will feature NSRA safety inspections, live entertainment, door prizes, and breakfast and lunch. ididit’s parts showroom will be open throughout the day. For more information, visit

The 30th Annual Mustang & Fords Fall Round-Up & Swap Meet takes place Sunday at the New EnglandInstitute for Technology’s Center for Automotive Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island. All Mustangs, Shelbys, Ford family and factory Ford-powered autos, foreign, domestic or replica, stock, modified or custom will be club-judged on cleanliness, condition, fit andfinish at the show. Trophies will be awarded at the show, which is presented by the Mustang Car Club of New England. For more information, visit

The Wantage Township Veterans’ Memorial Fundraiser 3rd Annual Car & Motorcycle Showtakes place Sunday in Wantage, New Jersey. Trophies will be presented in classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and club participation. The event will feature a 50/50 drawings, vendors, music, food and refreshments. All of the proceeds from the show will go to support local veterans and veterans’ programs. For more information, visit