This weekend, a number of organizations around the country are hosting auctions, car shows and other events that give retailers the opportunity to show off their latest builds, find new projects, connect with new customers and support community organizations. Here’s information on seven such events. Additional car shows and events will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.
The Grand National Roadster Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Now in its 62nd year, the show will feature over 500 show vehicles competing for awards inside all of the Fairplex buildings, and another 400-800 vehicles parked in between the buildings and walkways. A special “Customs Then and Now” exhibit will feature over 70 of the most-notable and historic cars, with legendary builders including George Barris, Gene Winfield, Sam Foose, Rod Powell and Blackie G scheduled to be on-hand Saturday to sign autographs. The show will also feature live music and celebrity appearances. On Sunday evening, the 2011 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) and America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle will be crowned. For more information, visit www.rodshows.com/gnrs/index.html.
The 12th Annual Canton Hot Rod & Custom Bike Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio. Over 150 trophies and several cash awards will be presented in categories including Best of Show in Stock, Modified and Bike classes, Kids Choice, Best Paint (stock and modified), Best Engine (stock and modified), Best Interior (stock and modified), and Best Attention to Detail (stock and modified). The event will also include an appearance by John Schneider of “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Smallville,” the NEO Rollor Derby Girls and stuntman Raymond Kohn from the Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt team. The show will feature a “Call of Duty Black OPS” tournament, a DJ and a chance to win a ride in the “01 Fun” General Lee. For more information, visit www.cantonhotrodshow.com/carshow.nxg.
World of Wheels New Orleans takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The event will highlight America’s finest rods, customs and motorcycles, according to show organizers, including the “Streetnik Bandit” retro ride by Dennis “Li’l Daddy” Roth and “Downtown Brown” Goodguys Rod of the Year recipient. Meguiar’s will host Car Care Tips seminars and Roth will host the Airbrush Experience throughout the weekend. Henry Winkler, NFL cornerback Mike McKenzie and 2010 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion LE Tonglet are amongst those scheduled to make guest appearances at the show. For more information, visit www.autorama.com/casi/show/neworleans.php.
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and WyoTech will present the “Axes & Axles” educational workshop on cars and guitars Friday in Pomona, California. Held in conjunction with the museum’s “Axes & Axles: The Art of Building Cars and Guitars, Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Telecaster” exhibit, the workshop will be presented in two sessions and feature car and guitar builders including Chip Foose, Jimmy Shine of SO-CAL Speed Shop, Scott Buehl with the Fender Custom Shop, Roy Brizio with Brizio Street Rods, Brad Fanshaw of Bonspeed and Paul Waller of the Fender Custom Shop discussing their work. For more information, visit www.museum.nhra.com.
The 4th Annual 100 Years of Cars Show will be held at The Pine School Hobe Sound campus in Hobe Sound, Florida, on Saturday. The day will be filled with 300 rare and exotic cars as well as 50 vintage and custom sport motorcycles, and activities including a K-9 demo, Busch wildlife display, face painting, radio-controlled cars, Sea Cadets, a scavenger hunt and art displays. All proceeds benefit the Patriot Scholarship for children of active or veteran military personnel. For more information, visit www.thepineschool.org.
The Capitol Swap Meet takes place Saturday and Sunday at The Travis County Exposition Center in Austin, Texas. Admission is free for the two-day swap meet. For more information, visit www.earhartproductions.com.
The five-day Mecum Kissimmee Auction continues through Sunday at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The auction will feature 1,750 collector cars up for auction, including more than 150 Corvettes, a 1963 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake CSX2093, a 1934 Ford Coupe, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air station wagon, a 1947 Cadillac Series 63 convertible, a 1974 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 and a 1971 Dodge Challenger. For more information, visit www.mecum.com.