Car Shows and Cruises You Must See This Summer


Don’t Miss these Summer Car Shows

Summer is the best time to see car shows nation wide, and places that were once under the ice-crusted grip of winter go into overdrive, hosting some of the best collector car events around. Not to be outdone, warmer-climate areas take part in classic car fanfare as well. Car enthusiasts looking to purchase a collector car should be aware that most of these summer car shows feature many cars for sale, either by private sellers or auction sections of the show. They also provide an excellent opportunity to get to know other car gurus, who may prove instrumental in putting your dream car in your garage.

Below are some of the best shows the United States has to offer during the summer months, shows that any collector should try to get to if they have the chance.

Charlotte AutoFair (Concord, North Carolina/April)

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to the Charlotte AutoFair each April. Last year’s show included 9,500 vendor spaces full of restoration parts, 1,600 vehicles for sale and more than 50 car clubs with vehicles on display. It’s large enough to need multiple days to see it all. You can see Cars On Line’s coverage of the 2013 Best in Show event here. Details about the show can be found on the Charlotte AutoFair page.

Back to the 50’s (St. Paul, Minnesota/June)

The Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) hosts what is widely regarded as one of the best car shows of the year each June. It boasts numerous events including a swap meet, curbside rodding, auctions, Cruise-N-Arts craft fair, model car contest, MHRA rod repair shop and an army of commercial vendors. That’s far from everything. This year’s show will have more than 2,000 volunteers coming together to make it happen. Cars On Line regularly attends Back to the 50’s, and you can see what we did there last year on the Cars On Line event page here. To see what’s happening this year at Back to the 50’s head over to ClassiCarNews or the MSRA page here.

Hot August Nights (Reno, Nevada/August)

hot-august-nights-reno10,000 spectators showed up for a nostalgia event designed to increase tourism and benefit charities  in 1986. Last year’s 2013 show drew more than 800,000! With numbers like those they must be doing something right. The show is so large, tourists feel like they’ve been transported back in time, with classic cars simply dominating every street. You’ll find the Hot August Night Swap Meet, plenty of shopping at the Big Boy Toy Store and dozens of venues in Reno at your disposal.  You can see what Cars On Line saw there in 2013 on the ClassiCarNews Blog. Visit the show homepage here.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (Pebble Beach, California/August)

1955-maserati-pebble-beach-concoursOne of the most prestigious shows in the country is the Pebble Beach Concours that takes place every year on the eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach. It was originally a small social event and road race through the pine and cypress forests in the area but now is where thousands of collector car enthusiasts go to see about 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world get judged for historical accuracy, technical merit and style. It also features some of the most innovative concept cars of the present. Cars On Line partner eClassic Autos attended the show last year. See what he saw in the ClassiCarNews Blog, or visit the Pebble Beach Concours Homepage for more.

 Summer Cruises You Can Join

Some of the nation’s famous cruises are not to be missed and are the ultimate expression of what it means to be a collector car enthusiast. What’s better than sharing the road with like-minded people doing what cars were meant to do? Cruises typically involve driving from city to city, partying all night and getting up the next day to do it all over again, all the while sharing the brotherhood of the road.

Here’s some of the cruises you might want to consider for your next summer outing:

Hot Rod Power Tour (June)

hot-rod-power-tour-long-hauler-plaqueThe 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour began on June 7th in Charlotte North Carolina and traveled 1,600 miles over seven days across the Midwest to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, making stops in Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa along the way. It’s free to spectators and individual cities host a variety of events. See the 2014 Cars On Line event coverage here!

Great Race (June)

Since 1983 antique and vintage automobiles have been entering the Great Race National Event and Great Race Regional Rallies, automotive competitions based on precision driving and navigational skills. They’re timed, controlled-speed endurance rallies according to their event regulations. 2014’s Great Race will take competitors from Ogunquit, Maine to The Villages, Florida, through ten states in nine days over 2,100 miles. Find out more on their website here.

Woodward Dream Cruise (August)

The world’s largest one-day automotive event draws 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars from around the world, yet began in 1995 as a small fundraiser to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan. It takes places on Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway, in Michigan but the exact route and stops along the way are announced each year. You can find more information on the Woodward Dream Cruise Website.

Want to find more shows in your area? Head over to the Cars On Line Calendar!


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