Veterans Day Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Nov 8, 2011

A number of shows are being held across the country that will honor our nation’s veterans, including Goodguys’ 22nd Annual Autumn Get-Together, the 6th Annual Veterans Day Car & Motorcycle Show and the 2nd Annual Surf City USA Beach Cruise. Here’s information on those and seven additional shows that provide you with the opportunity to show off your shop’s best work and meet potential customers. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

The 7th Annual Emerald Coast Cruzin runs through Saturday in Panama City Beach, Florida. The five-day event features cruises, car shows, parties, auctions, burnout competitions, a beach parade and live entertainment. Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn will be on hand signing autographs Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit

The 24th Annual Fall Carolina Collector Auto Fest takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. Saturday will feature a classic car show open to pre-1973 vehicles with over 60 awards presented. Sunday will feature an open car show with awards presented to classic and late-model vehicles. The indoor show will also feature vendors and concessions. For more information, visit

The 6th Annual Veterans Day Car & Motorcycle Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bastrop, Texas. Friday night will feature a free drive-in movie. Saturday will feature the classic car and motorcycle show, music, a street market, and a veterans’ tribute ceremony. Sunday will feature a social brunch. For more information, visit

Celebrate 100 years of Chevrolet at The Party of the Century, taking place Friday at the Riverfront Center West in Flint, Michigan. The party will feature food, entertainment and dancing. Proceeds to benefit Sloan*Longway’s science, history, and technology educational outreach programs for children and families in the Flint community. For more information, visit

Goodguys presents the 22nd Annual Autumn Get-Together, taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. The show is open to all American-made and powered cars and trucks, and will feature an outdoor show-and-shine, vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, a cars-for-sale corral, a model and pedal car show, a kids’ area, a special indoor display, and a Pinstripers Brush Bash. Veterans Day will be observed Saturday afternoon with a color guard presentation and invocation. For more information, visit

The Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show Winter event takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio. The 126-acre site will feature a show-and-shine, 4,000 vendor spaces and a car corral. For more information, visit

The eighth annual Hot Dogs and Cool Cats car, truck and bike show takes place Saturday at the McPherson County Complex in Ocala, Florida. Hosted by and benefiting the Humane Society of Marion County, the event is open to domestic, foreign and custom vehicles ranging from pre-World War II to the present, and awards will be presented for best in categories, people’s choice in categories, and best in show. The event will also feature music, food, vendors, crafts, entertainment and drawings. For more information, visit

The 2nd Annual Surf City USA Beach Cruise takes place Saturday in Huntington Beach, California. The show, which honors U.S. veterans, is open to all makes and models of cars and motorcycles, and awards will be presented for the Top 25 and Best Of. All attendees and participants are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. For more information, visit

The West Dallas Antique Tractor, Car, Gas Engine & Craft Show takes place Saturday in Orville, Alabama. The show is sponsored by and benefits the Orville Volunteer Fire Department, and will include a blacksmith, wagon rides, cake walks, a petting zoo, live music, arts and crafts, vendors, concessions and other activities. For more information, visit

The 6th Annual Festivals of Speed Orlando takes place Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The event, rescheduled from the first weekend in October due to weather, will showcase all makes and models of vintage and contemporary vehicles, custom motorcycles and race boats. For more information, visit