Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Mar 11, 2013

The 2013 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show takes place Thursday, March 14- Saturday, March 16 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The only business-to-business trade show for the hot rod and restoration industry, the HRR Trade Show features a full Education & Training Program, in which industry manufacturers will present seminars on their products and provide valuable tech and installation tips.

The 15th Annual Industry Reception & Anniversary Celebration will take place on Friday night at 5 p.m. and will feature  music, food, drinks and raffles. The coveted Golden Builder Award will be presented at the Grand Opening Breakfast on Friday morning, as will the Innovation Awards, which go to the New Product Showcase winners. Trade show hours will be 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday. The cost to register on-site to attend the show is $10. For more information, go to www.hotrodshow.com.

The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing will host the induction of nine new members into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, located in Gainesville, Florida, on Thursday, March 14, during a star-studded induction dinner and ceremony at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites. The event will be presented by the NHRA and Summit Racing Equipment. The nine new inductees will be Dave Boertman, Wally Booth, Bernie Fedderly, Harry Hibler, race team Hirata, Hobbs & Vodnik, K.S. Pittman, Dick Rosberg and Louis Senter. The Founders Award will be presented to Dr. Robert Post, PhD. NHRA announcer Bob Frey will serve as Master of Ceremonies. For more information, click here.

The Norman Swap Meet Spring Event takes place Thursday, March 14- Saturday, March 16 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman, Oklahoma. The event will feature indoor and outdoor vendors, a display of hot rods, street rods, sports cars, motorcycles and memorabilia, concessions, music and cars and other vehicles for sale. There is no cost to attend the event as a spectator. This is a rain-or-shine event. For more information, go to www.normanswapmeet.com.

The Goodguys 3rd Spring Lone Star Nationals takes place Friday, March 15- Sunday, March 17 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Over 2,000 pre-1973 hot rods, customs, street rods and muscle cars are scheduled to be on display at the event, in addition to the All American Sunday display on Sunday. Event highlights include the “Cruise The Texas Motor Speedway Track” on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the Goodguys AutoCross, a swap meet, live music, a model and pedal car show, activities for kids, an Autotrader Classic Cars4Sale Corral, and vendors. Admission to the event is $18 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7-12, and no charge for those under 7. For more information, click here.

The 58th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels in Omaha, Nebraska will run from Friday, March 15- Sunday, March 17 at the Century Link Center. The event will feature a special MotoRama display showcasing traditional rods, customs and motorcycles; metal work demonstrations by Gene Winfield, the Midwest Motorcycle Show, BMX stunt shows, monster truck car-crushing demonstrations, car care product demos by Meguiar’s and celebrity appearances. Admission to the event is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free to those under 5. For more information, click here.

The 2nd Annual Rats & Tatts Atomic Blast 2 will be held Friday, March 15- Sunday, March 17 at the Gulfport Dragway in Gulfport, Mississippi. Presented by Gulfport Motorsports Magazine, the event will include a car show featuring hot rods, lead sleds, rat rods, street rods and gassers. It will also include a tattoo contest, pinup girl contest, burnout contest, beer and food vendors, live rockabilly and 1980s bands, a swap meet, a car corral and more. Admission for spectators is $10. For more information, go to www.ratsandtatts.com.

Legendary race car driver Parnelli Jones will be signing copies of his new book, As a Matter of Fact, I’m Parnelli Jones, on Saturday, March 16, at Autobooks/Aerobooks in Burbank, California. The meet-and-greet and book signing will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more information on the book, click here.

The GTO Association of Central Ohio will present its All Pontiac Indoor Swap meet on Sunday, March 17 at Haydocy Automotive in Columbus, Ohio. The event, which will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., will be held rain or shine and will feature vendors selling only Pontiac parts and products. The cost to attend the event as a spectator is $2. Vendor spaces are $15 each. For more information, click here.