This Weekend’s Car Shows & Events Roundup

Sep 22, 2010

Shops, associations and manufacturers from around the country are hosting events that can help builders meet new clients, show off their latest completed projects and help worthy organizations. Here’s information on 10 such events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter ( throughout the week.

Roddin’ on the River takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Laughlin, Nevada. The weekend-long event will feature a show-and-shine, open header contest, creeper races and model car contest. Other activities include a poker run, poker walk, kids’ games, raffles, live auctions, door prizes, a 50/50 cash drawing, vendors, a food court, a bar and a DJ. Awards will be presented during a continental breakfast Sunday morning and three winning vehicles will be featured on next year’s event T-shirt. For more information, visit

The 17th Annual Boardwalk Classic Car Show takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. The event kicks off Thursday with a street festival, drive-in movie screening of “American Graffiti,” a DJ and food. Trophies will be presented to Best Original, Best Rod and Best of Show, and plaques will be presented for Best Engine, Best Interior and Best Paint. Friday features a cruise through the Wilwoods. Saturday features the awards ceremony. For more information, visit

Goodguys’ 6th Great American Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The event, which is open to hot rods, classics and street machines through 1972, will feature the Street Challenge AutoCross on Friday and Saturday, and a Show ‘n Shine throughout the weekend. Other activities taking place during the Great American Nationals include a track cruise, vendors, exhibits, a swap meet, a Cars 4 Sale Corral, a model and pedal car show, and live entertainment. For more information, visit

he American Street Rod Association’s Vintage Weekend takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Rantoul, Illinois. This pre-1949-only event will feature cars, a swap meet, metal-working demonstrations, vendors, vintage airplanes, a Ladies Tour to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch, an air show and live entertainment. Downtown Rantoul will host a Cruise & Dance on Thursday evening. For more information, visit

The ANPAC Car Show for Kids will be held Saturday in Springfield, Missouri to benefit the United Way of the Ozarks. The annual family event draws at least 200 cars and 1,000-“2,000 spectators, according to show organizers. At least 200 cars participate in the show each year, accompanied by 1,000-2,000 spectators. In addition to an impressive display of specialty cars and trucks, the event features RC car races, games and activities, live music, prizes and more. This community-wide event has raised more than $120,000 for dozens of charitable organizations throughout the Ozarks over the past decade. For more information, visit

The 11th annual Cruisin’ for a Cure charity car show takes place Saturday in Costa Mesa, California, to support City of Hope’s prostate cancer program. The event is expected to draw over 3,400 custom, classic and late-model hot rods and trucks cruising along a 1 ¼-mile route and competing for awards. Cruisin’ for a Cure will also feature four buildings full of exhibits, over 200 vendors, opportunity drawings and live music throughout the day. For more information, visit

The Valleyfest Classic Car Show takes place Saturday in Spokane, Washington. Participants register their vehicles by class-”Chevrolet stock or modified, Ford stock or modified, Mopar (Dodge and Chrysler) stock or modified and a truck class (stock or modified)-”and first and second place winners of each class will receive a trophy. An award will also be given to Best in Show. The Classic Car Show is part of Valleyfest, a three-day annual community event featuring a parade, 5K/10K run, food, vendors and entertainment. For more information, visit

The 6th Annual Classic Car Show takes place Saturday in Orinda, California, to benefit the Seniors Around Town transportation service. In addition to American and European classic and modern exotic cars, this year’s event will feature a special exhibit, Orinda Thru the Years, coordinated by the Orinda Historical Society and Orinda Motors, which will combine vintage and classic cars with historical materials in a museum-like setting. Last year’s event featured more than 135 car entries and raised $27,000 for the Seniors Around Town program, the Educational Foundation of Orinda and other local charities. For more information, visit

DMP Customer Appreciation Day & Open House takes place Sunday at the company’s Chatsworth, California, headquarters. In-n-Out Burgers will be serving lunch. Vendors including Wilwood Brakes, California Car Cover, Andrews Powder Coating and B&E custom paint will be on-hand. Attendees are invited to bring their vehicles, and all makes and models are welcomed. There will be DMP shop tours, a 50/50 cash raffle and drawings throughout the day. For more information, visit

The Galt Old Car Festival takes place Sunday in Galt, California. The show is open to original cars, trucks and motorcycles manufactured before 1943 that can be driven into the viewing area. Trophies will be awarded for People’s Choice and Best of Show, as well as the following categories: horseless carriage through 1918, 1919-“1926, 1927-“1930, 1931-1934, 1935-1938, 1939-1942, classics, commercial vehicles and motorcycles. For more information, visit