The industry will have its eyes on Detroit this weekend when the prestigious Ridler Award is presented at the Detroit Autorama. If you can’t make it to the Motor City, there are plenty of other cars shows and events happening across the country to give you the opportunity to show off your prized builds, compete for awards, connect with new customers and support great causes, including the nine shows listed below. More shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.
The Detroit Autorama takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The show will feature hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles competing for over $70,000 in cash, merchandise and awards, including the prestigious Ridler Award. The show will also feature special vehicle displays, Meguiar’s Care Car Tips, live entertainment and celebrity appearances. For more information, visit http://autorama.com/shows/attend/detroit-2012.
The 6th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida. The event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra and the 50th anniversary of James Bond. Friday night will feature a hangar party at the Boca Raton Airport featuring a display of exotic cars, custom motorcycles, extravagant boats, private jets, vintage aircraft, and luxury motorcoaches, plus food, wine, cocktails and live entertainment. Saturday will feature a James-Bond-themed gala dinner, action, show and casino at the Boca Raton Resort & Club featuring the presentation of the Lee Iacocca Award to Bob and Paul Milhous for their dedication to the preservation of classic cars, and the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards to Carroll Shelby for Automobile Racing, Edsel Ford for Automobile Manufacturer and John Staluppi for Automobile Dealer. Sunday will feature the Concours d’Elegance at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with about 300 collector cars and motorcycles on display, plus food, wine and cocktails. For more information, visit www.bocaratonconcours.com.
The Park City Chill takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kansas Pavilions in Park City, Kansas. The show will feature cars displayed in over 52 classes and motorcycles displayed in over 39 classes, as well as live entertainment. For more information, visit www.bartelproductions.com.
The 33rd Annual Elvis Presley Continentals Festival and Car Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Florida. The event kicks off Friday night with an awards ceremony, dance and buffet. Saturday features the car show, entertainment and a dance. Sunday features a gospel hour, entertainment and candlelight ceremony. For more information, visit www.epcontinentals.com/AnnualEvents.html.
The 43rd Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Rod & Custom Car Show takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Monticello Berndes Center in Monticello, Iowa. The show will feature an awards presentation, a DJ, vendors, and a special appearance by John Schneider of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” For more information, visit www.rodandcustomcarshow.com.
The Classic Car & Bike Show takes place Saturday at Buddy Stubbs AZ Harley-Davidson in Phoenix. The show will feature trophy presentations, builder displays, concessions, museum tours and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.buddystubbshd.com.
The 7th Annual Hawks Benefit Car Show & Craft Bazaar takes place Saturday at Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee, Florida. The show is open to all makes, models and years of vehicles, but is limited to 500 cars. Multiple top, class and special band awards will be presented. The show will also feature arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, car hop food service, a green market and a bounce house. The event will benefit the Seminole Ridge Community High School Hawks Marching Band & Auxiliary. For more information, visit www.hawkcarshow.org/HawksCarShow.org/Starting_Line.html.
The Whittier Area Classic Car Show takes place Saturday at the Whittier Area Community Church in Whittier, California. The show is open to all makes and models of 1976 and older American and foreign classic and collector vehicles. Trophies will be presented in 19 categories, including Best of Show, Best Daily Driver and Best Under Construction. The event will feature live music, vendors, concessions, raffles, drawings and kids’ activities. Proceeds will benefit local community projects. For more information, visit www.whittierareaclassiccarshow.com.
The Tobacco Road Cruisers presents the Car, Truck and Bike Show Saturday in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Awards will be presented in 21 categories and to the top 20. The event will also feature raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Proceeds will benefit Onslow County charities. For more information, visit www.tobaccoroadcruiser.com/Car_Show_Flyer.html.