Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Jul 12, 2011

Summer is the season for car shows, the perfect time to show off your latest creations and meet new customers. This weekend, shops and organizations throughout the United States and Canada are hosting car shows and events that provide opportunities to network 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.

The 30th Annual National Corvette Homecoming takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The gathering kicks off Thursday with a golf tournament and VIP meet-and-greet. Friday will feature car shows, seminars and an all-Corvette-and-XLR parade. Saturday will feature more seminars, celebrity autograph sessions, an awards presentation, party and cruise-in. There will be a car corral, swap meet and arts-and-crafts marketplace Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.corvettehomecoming.com.

The inaugural Heidts Performance Car Challenges takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Wauconda, Illinois. The event was created to provide a proving ground to test the handling and road manners of some of the country’s best-built muscle cars, according to organizers. It will feature a tour of the Heidts facility tour, barbecue, QA1 Road Rally and bench racing on Friday; a road course race and karting course race Saturday; and a Nitto Autocross race and Wilwood “Wilstop” Braking Challenge on Sunday. There will also be a judged car show and awards ceremony. For more information, visit www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com.

The 12th Annual Syracuse Nationals Car Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. The event is expected to attract over 7,000 rods, customs and classic vehicles from across the United States and Canada. The show will feature tech seminars, vendors, a model car show, live music, racing, a pinstripers show and charity auction, and celebrity appearances, including a “Happy Days” cast reunion. The Winfield Award will be presented by Gene Winfield at the event. For more information, click here.

Mecum hosts the Des Moines Auction Friday and Saturday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. More than 500 collector cars will be up for bid at the auction, including Camaros, Corvettes, GTOs, Studebakers and Thunderbirds. For more information, visit www.mecum.com.

Clean Cut Creations hosts the July movie event in its St. Louis Drive In Movie & Car Cruise Series Saturday in Webster Grove, Missouri. “Smokey and the Bandit” will be screened at the event, which will also feature a car cruise and drive-in parking for 1972-and-older vehicles, as well as other specialty and collector vehicles outside of that year range. Prior to the screening, there will be kids’ activities, concessions, trivia, music, vendors, prizes and puppy adoptions from Senior Dogs 4 Seniors. For more information, visit www.cleancutcreations.com.

Steele Enterprise LLC and Old Skool Rod & Kustom host the Third Annual Benefit Car Show & Swap Meet Saturday in Fredericktown, Missouri. The show is open to modified and stock cars and trucks from 1900 to the present, as well as 15 classes of motorcycles. The event will also feature concessions, vendors, a play area for kids, games, contests, drawings and a muffler rap-off. For more information, visit www.oldskoolrodandkustom.com.

Automotive Excellence presents the 3rd Annual Surf City Car Show Saturday in Huntington Beach, California. The show is open to classics, late-model vehicles, exotics, hot rods, street rods and race cars. Trophies will be presented. Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit Huntington Dog Beach. For more information, visit www.autoexcellenceonline.com.

The Fraser Valley British Motor Club and Minter Gardens host the 9th Annual Classic Car Show Sunday in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. The event is open to American and British classic cars, and vehicles will be judged in nine classes.  A People’s Choice award will also be presented. The event will also feature live entertainment and concessions. For more information, visit www.mintergardens.com.

The Keep on Rollin’ Charity Car & Bike Show takes place Sunday at the Brighton Ski Resort in Brighton, Utah. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury. The event is expected to draw over 300 classic and custom cars and motorcycles, and over 3,000 spectators, according to organizers. For more information, visit www.keep-on-rollin.com.

SouthBay Mopar presents the 7thAnnual Rock N Roll Mopar Car Show Sunday in Torrance, California. The event is open to all American-made antiques, customs, hot rods, street rods, classics and modern muscle cars. Tours of the Rock-Ola Jukebox Factory will be offered throughout the day. Awards will be presented at the event, which will also include vendors, concessions, raffles and drawings. For more information, click here.