Get into the holiday spirit a little early by attending a car show that supports a great local cause. Events this weekend include the 7th Annual Festivals of Speed Orlando and the So-Cal Speed Shop Sacramento 2nd Annual Christmas Party. Information on these and eight additional shows is listed below. More shows and events will be posted on the Hotrod & Restoration Twitter feed throughout the week.
The Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The three-day event will feature more than 1,100 racing component exhibitors. The event will also feature technical and management seminars. For more information, visit www.performanceracing.com.
The 7th Annual Festivals of Speed Orlando takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, in Orlando, Florida. The event kicks off Friday evening with a reception inside an aircraft hangar that will feature a display of vintage aircraft, exotic automobiles, custom motorcycles and high-performance boats. Saturday will feature a special wine connoisseurs’ dinner. Sunday is the motorsports collection display, which will feature vintage and contemporary vehicles, custom motorcycles, and race boats. For more information, visit http://festivalsofspeed.com.
The 23rd Annual East Coast Indoor Nationals takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. The show will feature 300 of the region’s finest antiques, street rods, customs, muscle cars, nostalgia rods, hot rods, nostalgia drag cars and custom motorcycles, according to organizers. Display vehicles will compete for $10,000 in cash and awards in the street driven and show classes. The show will also feature vendors, Santa Claus, a DJ and auctions. For more information, visit www.eastcoastindoornats.com.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting two special events Saturday in Los Angeles, California. The CARnival Family Fun Day is an afternoon of games, arts and crafts, storytelling, tours and more to celebrate kids and cars. For more information, click here. The museum’s 4th Annual Swap Meet will feature hard-to-find parts, books, literature and automobilia. For more information, click here.
The Annual Old Mill Marketplace Auto/Cycle Show and Swap Meet takes place Saturday in Canton, Texas. Awards will be presented for the top 20 vehicles, People’s Choice, club participation, distance driven, uniqueness, and in individual classes. New, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots at the event. For more information, visit www.rgcarshows.com.
The “Boys in Blue” Car Show takes place Saturday at the Mesa Marketplace in Mesa, Arizona. Trophies will be presented and all registered vehicles will be eligible for door prizes. The event will also include vendors, music, concessions and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Mesa Police Honor Guard Unit. For more information, visit http://mesaaz.gov/.
The Cochran Car Show takes place Saturday at Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Georgia. Awards will be presented at the event, which will feature dyno testing, a DJ, concessions, door prizes and raffles. New, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots at the event. For more information, visit www.cochrancarshow.com.
So-Cal Speed Shop Sacramento hosts its 2nd Annual Christmas Party Saturday in Sacramento, California. Attendees are invited to bring their best ride to the party, which will feature free food and drinks. For more information, visit www.socalsac.com.
The Florida Hot Rods & Hogs Car & Bike Show takes place Sunday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. The indoor/outdoor car show will feature hundreds of cars and motorcycles, live entertainment and celebrity appearances. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. For more information, visit www.flhrh.com.
The Cookson Hills Toy Run 2012 takes place Sunday at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Tampa, Florida. The event will feature a 20-mile country ride and toy run, auctions, raffles, concessions, and a visit from Santa Claus. The children and special needs individuals benefited by the event will unwrap their gifts in a special ceremony in the afternoon. For more information, visit www.cooksontoyrun.com.