Gear up for the Fourth of July holiday by checking out some beautiful American-made classic cars and trucks at one of the many car shows and events being held this weekend, including Goodguys 21st Heartland Nationals and the Buick Club of America 500. Information on these and eight additional shows is listed below. More shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.
Goodguys is hosting the 21st Heartland Nationals Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The event will feature over 3,500 rods, customs and classics through 1972 competing for awards including 2012 Truck of the Year Early and Late Finalist, 2012 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist, and Burman’s Builder’s Choice Awards. The event will also include a swap meet, a cars-for-sale corral, vendor and manufacturer exhibits, live entertainment, a model and pedal car show, nightly parties, and the Goodguys AutoCross. For more information, visit www.good-guys.com.
The 45th Annual Mountaineer Antique Auto Club Car Show, Flea Market & Collector Car Auction takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The event will feature a car corral, vendors, concessions and giveaways in addition to the car show, flea market and auction. For more information, visit www.mountaineerantiqueautoclub.com.
The Buick Club of America 500 meet runs through Saturday in Concord, North Carolina. Hosted by the Carolina Chapter of the Buick Club of America, the event will feature at least 500 Buicks of every year and model, including authentically restored, modified, unrestored original, professional, specialty and race cars. The event will include a tour of Steele Rubber Products, a flea market, cruises and an awards banquet. For more information, visit www.buickclub.org.
The All Fun Ford Weekend takes place Friday and Saturday at the Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee. The event will include a judged car show, drag racing, a cruise, a car corral and a swap meet. The StangStampede featuring all years of Mustangs, Shelby, Roush, Saleen, Foose, Steeda, Penske, Shinoda Fox Body Boss, Cobra Jet, SN95, S197 and a Gran Torino gathering. For more information, visit www.funfordweekend.com.
Sacramento Vintage Ford is launching its 14th Annual Vintage Fridays cruise series Friday in Rancho Cordova, California. The cruise is open to pre-1973 U.S. makes and models. The event will feature concessions and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Vintage Fridays will also be held on July 27, Sept. 28 and Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.vintagefridays.com.
The Race to Indy Mustang & All Ford Car Show and Swap Meet takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The show will feature 1964 ½-1973 Mustangs, but all Fords are welcome. The event will feature shop tours, drag racing, entertainment, a silent auction and drawings. Ray Skillman Performance Ford will host a Jack Roush signing event on Thursday in conjunction with the show. For more information, visit www.mustangclubofindianapolis.com.
The Pet Prescription Team Car Show takes place Saturday in La Habra Heights, California. The event will feature hot rods, classics, trucks, motorcycles, project vehicles and special-interest cars. Trophies will be presented in 15 categories, including Best in Show, Best Original and Best Project Car. The event will also include vendors, exhibits, a barbecue, 50/50 drawing, raffles and music. Proceeds will benefit the organization, which helps pet owners train and certify their family pets for assisted therapy visits. For more information, visit www.petprescriptionteam.com.
Retrospect Dry Goods hosts the Tiki-Takular Surf Party & Car Show Saturday in Monument, Colorado. The event will also include live music, food, door prizes and a pin-up contest. Vehicles will be judged in hot rod, rat rod, classic car, modified and bike classes. A portion of proceeds will sponsor care packages prepared and distributed by Cherry PinUps for Troops. For more information, visit www.retrodrygoods.com.
The Sheppard AFB Freedom Fest Car Show takes place Saturday at the Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Trophies will be presented in 18 classes including Corvettes 53-82, Trucks Pre 72, Antique Pre 1940’s, Custom and Muscle. The event will feature music, food, refreshments and fireworks. For more information, visit www.safbfreedomfest.com.
Plainville Wings and Wheels Fly-In and Car Show takes place Sunday at Robertson Airport in Plainville, Connecticut. The event will feature show cars, Plainville Stadium racers, static aircraft displays, static helicopter displays, airplane rides, helicopter rides, vendors, concessions, kids’ activities and live music. Proceeds will benefit The Petit Family Foundation and The Plainville Community Food Pantry. For more information, visit www.plainvillewingsandwheels.com.