Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

May 31, 2011

This weekend, retailers, car clubs and community organizations are among those hosting car shows and events that offer shops the opportunity to show off builds, meet new customers and support great causes. Here’s information on 10 such events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

Goodguys presents the 14th Colorado Nationals Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado. The event will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 participating for honors including 2011 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2011 Custom Rod of the Year Finalist, Pinkee’s Builder’s Choice and Gazette Pick. The show will also feature a swap meet, cars-for-sale corral, model and pedal car show, the Goodguys Autocross and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.coloradonats.com.

The Fleetwood County Cruize-In takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in London, Ontario, Canada. The event kicks off Friday with the Beach Boys Dance Show concert. On Saturday, over 3,000 classics, hot rods and specialty vehicles will be on display. George Barris, Gene Winfield and “American Graffiti” stars Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins will be on hand. Saturday night features a dinner and dance show with a performance by Lighthouse. The car show continues on Sunday and awards will be presented in the afternoon. For more information, visit www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com.

The Carlisle Ford Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. More than 2,400 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Euro Ford models from all eras will be on display at the show. The show will pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Ford Pinto with a dedicated Pinto display on the show field. The Pinto Stampede, a ride that began in Colorado on May 29, will make its stop at Carlisle and a 1971 Pinto Runabout hatchback will be given away at the show. For more information, visit www.carlisleevents.com.

The NSRA is hosting the Street Rod Nationals East Plus Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.nsra-usa.com.

Goodguys will be hosting the 18th Summer Get-Together Saturday and Sunday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. The event will feature over 2,000 all-American or American-powered rods, customers, classics, muscle cars, street machines and trucks competing for honors including 2011 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist and Gazette Pick. The show will also feature a swap meet, cars-for-sale corral, vendor booths and the Goodguys Autocross. For more information, visit www.summergettogether.com.

The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show takes place Saturday on the campus of Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California. The event is being held seven days before the official start of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and will celebrate the race with a display of cars representative of Le Mans during McQueen’s era. Trophies presented at the show will each be individual works of art, hand-crafted by students at the Boys Republic and named for some of McQueen’s best-known movies. All proceeds benefit the Boys Republic, a private, non-profit community serving at-risk teens in Southern California, such as McQueen, who lived at Boys Republic when he was a teenager. For more information, visit www.friendsofstevemcqueen.com.

CARS Inc. is hosting its seventh annual Open House and Car Show Saturday at its Rochester Hills, Michigan, headquarters. The event is open to classic Chevy, Chrysler and Ford models, with a special emphasis on Chevys. Drawings will be held every hour for gifts and gifts certificates. Discounts will be offered on new parts, and CARS will take up to 80% off on selected dented and/or scratched sheetmetal, and other discontinued or returned items. For more information, visit www.carsinc.com.

The 10th Anniversary Corvette Summer Kickoff takes place Saturday at Lake Ponca Park in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The event, which is sponsored by the Cherokee Strip Corvette Club and Pemberton Chevrolet, is open to C1 through C6 models. Awards will be presented for Best of Show and Pemberton Pick, as well as class awards, specialty awards and club participation. Representatives from the National Corvette Museum will be on hand. The event will also feature door prizes and concessions. For more information, visit www.cherokeestripcorvetteclub.com.

The 22nd Annual Orphan Car Tour takes place Saturday in Frederick County, Maryland. The tour is open to automobiles more than 25 years old that were produced either by now-defunct manufacturers or by the discontinued divisions of still-existing companies. Participants will have their choice of driving one of three routes, varying in distance from 36 to 57 miles. During the drive, participants will be able to see Civil War monuments, antique car collections, art studios and other points of interest. The afternoon concludes with a buffet dinner. For more information, visit www.orphancartour.org.

George Cross & Sons presents The Pomona Swap Meet and Car Show Sunday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pomona, California. The event will feature thousands of vehicles for show and/or sale and thousands of auto parts and related items. There will also be concession stands located throughout the event selling a wide variety of food and beverages. General admission is $8, with children 12 an under admitted free. Any year Corvette, any year Porsche, pre-1975 Volkswagens, pre-1957 street rods and pre-1975 collector cars will be admitted for $25. Any 1931 older stock motorcar will be admitted for free. For more information, visit www.pomonaswapmeet.com.