Car clubs, organizations and communities are hosting car shows and events this weekend that give retailers the opportunity to show off their projects, connect with new customers and support local organizations. Here’s information on eight events taking place around the country this weekend. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.
The Buellton Rotary Club is hosting the Central “Coaster” three-day car event Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Buellton, California. Patterned after the infamous Reno Hot August Nights, the “Coaster” is open to hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, sport cars, antiques and other vehicles that are considered special-interest or collectible. The weekend-long event will feature a non-judged car show, structured cruises, a poker run, gravity drags, a swap meet, awards presentation, barbecues and meet-and-greet receptions. For more information, visit www.rotarycentralcoaster.com/events.asp.
The Daytona Beach Dream Cruise takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida. The free collector car and truck event will feature car displays, cruises, a screening of the film “Deuce of Spades,” food and entertainment. All collector cars at the cruise will be photographed and free prints will be mailed the owners. For more information, visit www.nice.daytonabeachdreamcruise.com/.
The 43rd Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Dawsonville, Georgia. The event will feature a car show, cruise-in, swap meet, the Moonshine Run, vintage race cars, authentic moonshine-hauling cars, live music, vendors, and a raffle for a motor worth $1,700. All proceeds from the festival will benefit KARE for Kids Inc., a charity serving children in Dawson County, Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.kareforkids.us/festival.html.
The East Coast F-Body Nationals, hosted by the New Jersey F-Body Owners Association, takes place Saturday in Great Meadows, New Jersey. At the show, which is open to Camaros and Firebirds only, trophies will be presented in classes including Best of Show, Favorite Camaro, Favorite Firebird, Best 1st Generation, Best 2nd Generation, Best 3rd Generation, Best 4th Generation, Best 5th Generation, Best Engine/Engine Compartment, Best Paint, Best Wheels, Best Engineered/Conversion and Best Interior. For more information, visit www.njfboa.org/ECN2010/.
Ivy Tech Community College – Wabash Valley will host its 2nd Annual Scholarship Cruisin’ Car Show on Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The first 100 participants will receive a dash plaque and goodie bag. Awards will be given the day of the event, which will also feature music, food and games for all ages. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/terrehaute/stories/2010_Car_Show.html
MADD North Carolina is hosting its 4th Annual Shifting Gears Scavenger Hunt & Car Show Saturday in Raleigh. The Shifting Gears Scavenger Hunt is designed for auto enthusiasts will involve clues and puzzle-solving as a way to identify secrets to aid in navigating the course route. The car show, which is open to cars, trucks, bikes and novelty vehicles, will feature judging for awards including Best Ford, Best Chevy, Best Truck, Ladies’ Choice and Director’s Choice. For more information, visit www.maddcarshow.com.
The 8th Annual River Road Improvement Corp. (RRIC) Classic Car Show takes place Sunday in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The Classic Car Show, part of the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, will feature costumed car owners and elaborately decorated classic cars of all styles and vintages. The RRIC will award prizes for Best Overall, Most Awesome and A Cool Ride, including the top prizes of $100 cash for Best Costumed Classic Car Owner and Best Decorated Themed Classic Car. The first 40 classic car arrivals will also receive a $10 gift card. For more information, visit www.fairlawnriverroad.com/carshowreturns.htm.
The Central Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department has organized the 15th Annual COPS for TOTS Car Show, which will beheld Sunday in Los Angeles. Over 50 trophies will be awarded at the show and the first 500 pre-registered vehicles will have guaranteed spots. Special awards presented at the show will include the Chief of Police Award, the Mayor of Los Angeles Award, the LAPD Motor Cop Award, the Captain’s Choice Award, the Club Participation Award, the Most Likely to Be Stopped Award and the Best of Show Award. The event will feature celebrity guest appearances, music and food. Proceeds from the show will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and other children’s charities. For more information, visit www.lapdcops4tots.com/.