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Classic Car Shows and Events

andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
edited September 2014 in Chevrolet
hey gang, what could y'all tell me about the Woodward Dream Cruise? Anybody ever been to it before? One of my friends, who's from Michigan, is trying to talk me into going out there this year.

Also, is there anything else exciting that you guys like to hit? I usually try to get to the Spring and Fall Carlisle shows, as well as the GM and Mopar Nationals. And the show at Hershey, PA. There's also a great classic car show in Macungie, PA in August.

Locally, there's a cruise in on Monday nights outside a local shopping center. It just started up again this season on April 3, but I haven't had a chance to get to it yet this year.


  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,887
    We have nothing very good in WA, or anywhere in the northwest really. It all seems to be in the east and midwest.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    The Northwest includes the best Mustang shows in the world. Bellevue Community College is the location of the largest Mustang Roundup on the West coast. It is a four day affair starting this year 13 July.

    The Concours d'Elegance in Forest Grove, OR is also an excellent and well received display of very rare motor cars. Also in July.

    Vancouver, BC, Spanish Banks = another great Mustang show.
    Antique English shows abound in "BC" ie. Victoria.

    Just because fintail is uninformed does not mean many quality shows in the great NW don't exist. ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,887
    I'd be uninformed if I showed up at a Mustang show driving a fintail...

    There's nothing here like those big shows in PA especially.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    Car shows seem to be very regional everywhere. Guess it has something to do with demographics or priorities or land values or something I'm not quite hitting on. For example, in the city of Chicago, other than things like World of Wheels or Chevy/Vette Fest (indoors, usually in the winter, at McCormick Center, IIRC), there are almost no vintage car shows. The north side has no real estate on which to hold car shows, most people spend most of their money on an expensive house and a yuppiemobile or two. Go to the south side or south/southwest suburbs (near Joliet) and there are lots of NASCAR enthusiasts, many families have cheap daily drivers, an old enthusiast car or two and many homes are under $300k. Plus, there's a lot more land out there. I'd really like to go to more vintage car shows, but getting to one can be a pain for me. We do also have the Volo Auto Museum (read: pay-for-admission, glorified, generally overpriced dealer) out here, about an hour's drive for me, but their selections, IMO, aren't really representative of the vintage cars that actually exist--it's nearly all two-door hardtops and convertibles, heavily domestic, mostly muscle cars and clones. Nice stuff, but not anything terribly interesting to me, really. It's more a revenue farm than museum.
  • Go to Hemmings Motor News website and look up car shows. They list many regional car shows and you might be surprised at how many are in your area.

    Pennsylvania is fortunate because this is where Carlisle Productions is centered and they have about a dozen shows a year.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    Carlisle's Spring swap meet kicks off today.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    Startin now, the Triple X Drive In here in Issaquah has something going on every Saturday evening. They also have events a lot of Sunday mornings. today they are having a lot of military vehicles. I'm heading over there now as a matter of fact.

    In, I think August, they have a HUGE 1955-1957 Chevy show!

    You should stop by some Saturday evening. Come early because they seem to leave around 7:30-8:00. a lot of them head over to the Gaslamp to eat afterwards.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    I would LOVE to attend a Carlisle swap meet!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,887
    Hmmm..I've heard of that Triple X too...good rootbeer floats from what I understand. Maybe I'll stop by sometime....sounds like more of a cruise-in than a show or meet, but I guess if it isn't make-specific...or excludes those durn furrin cars.

    I know back in the day there would be a yearly MB event at Barrier or Phil Smart, but I don't know if it has taken place recently.

    Oh, and you don't have to answer this, or you can email...but do you work in Bellevue? I work just a stones throw from the dealer here.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    Your e-mail is private so I can't answer you. Mine is public however.
  • barbadosbarbados Posts: 3
    If you really want something to go to, I would suggest the Barbados International Auto Show. They have some really good deals going on and it is a great opportunity to see the caribbean as well. The website is you can get more information there or just email them.

    Barbados is the hot spot this season and it would be great to see what else is outside of NA
  • barbadosbarbados Posts: 3
    That show is said to be one that is going to bring the new, affordable and vintage cars, plus you get to see Barbados and the Caribbean. Go to is scheduled for September 15-17 this year. I am sure they can get you some really good deals.

    Hope you find something that will wet your autoshow appetite!
  • Show your stock or modified special interest car on Sunday May 7, 2006 at Daniels Hall, 186 Old Turnpike Road (Route 4), Nottingham, NH. Trophies awarded, food and restrooms available, inside and outside vendor space available. Fun day to meet other car enthusiasts. More details at

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    I was feeling ambitious enough to dig my LeMans out of the garage, wash it real quick and run it up the road to the local cruise in. Here's some pics I took at the show.

    Oh, and here's a shot of how the LeMans cleaned up. And a shot from the rear...
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,294
    ...but I'm going to have my 1989 Cadillac Brougham at a VFR-CLC show at Faulkner Cadillac in Trevose, PA, (just outside Philadelphia on US Rte 1 North) this Saturday, weather permitting of course! I bought my Seville STS from this same dealer.
  • erherh Posts: 7
    I've never been to a Carlisle event but I plan to go in June as part of my vacation. I assume spending one day there is enough to see/do everthing. Is that correct? Any advice on traffic, parking, where to stay, best times to visit would be appreciated.

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    I would say that if you could only do one day at the GM show, Saturday would probably be the best day as it's going to have the biggest crowds and probably the largest number of vendors, cars in the car corrall, show field, etc. A lot of people end up pulling out on Saturday evening, so if you're looking to buy stuff, you'll probably find some good bargains there.

    I've never been to the GM show on a Sunday, but have been to the Chrysler show, and it's usually pretty empty. The GM show is a relatively "young" event, as the first one was just in 2001. In contrast, I don't know how long the other shows have been going on, but the first Mopar show I ever went to was back in 1997, and they'd probably been having it for years by that time.

    I'm going up for the whole event, as I'm putting my 1976 LeMans in the show So stop by and say hello if you see me there. I'll have a cooler full of beer in the trunk. :shades:

    As for accommodations, I know hotels fill up well in advance for the Mopar show, but the GM show isn't nearly as big, so you might be able to find a room. I usually stay at a Howard Johnson's on Route 11 about 3-4 miles from the fairgrounds.

    If you're interested, here's a bunch of pics I took at the GM show last year.

    And for more information, you could probably go to or something like that. I think that's Carlisle's website.

    Hope you can make it!
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,294
    Andre, how do you enter your car in the GM Carlisle? Grbeck was saying that I should bring my 1989 Cadillac Brougham because the show is overwhelmingly Chevrolets.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    Lemko, try this link. It should take you directly to the registration page, where you can enter your info. I always bill it to my credit card, but I think you can pay by check, too.

    I don't know if they take registrations at the day of the show; I've always done it ahead of time. They mail you a card in the mail, and then when you go in at the main gate they just have you stop off and pick up your dashboard card, goody bag, etc.

    And yes, you should DEFINITELY bring your Brougham to help balance out things a bit, because it is overwhelmingly Chevrolet. I posted pics I took at last years GM Nationals, but I tend to take pics of things I like, not necessarily what the masses adore, so my pics aren't always representative of the whole show. For example, if there's 100 '55-57 Chevies there and 200 '67-69 Camaros, I might take a pic of a couple of them that really catch my eye because they're a color I like, really well-restored, or something else that draws my attention. But it kinda gets to the point that after you've seen one '57 Chevy, you've seen them all.

    And don't feel awkward about entering something that new in the show, either. Last year, somebody brought a really nice 1985 or so Parisienne. And heck, someone even brought a really rusted-out '87 or so Cutlass Ciera! :surprise:

    Is your Cadillac-LaSalle club going to have any members there? If so, make sure you list that club when you register, because Carlisle Productions gives out prize money to the clubs, and it gets divvied up depending on how many cars each club has on the show field.
  • erherh Posts: 7
    Thanks for the info. Enjoyed the photos. I've been to the Carlisle event website. There's a lot of info., but I think more geared to the people showing, buying, selling, etc... than the novice visitor like me just wanting to look around for the first time.
  • hudsonthedoghudsonthedog Posts: 552
    I don't know exactly what you're looking for, but the Carlisle events should fit the bill. Yes, there are plenty of cars and parts for sale, but among those things are items and vehicles you might not see many other places. And the variety! I just got back from the Import/Kitcar show at Carlisle and found a few vehicles I had never seen before...and I've been attending that show for many years.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    like the Spring Carlisle, Summer Carlisle, and Fall Carlisle, those shows are mainly vendors and people selling cars. But the brand-specific shows, such as the GM show, tend to have lots of people there just showing their cars. Plus, they always have other neat stuff, such as concept cars, both current and from days gone by.
  • bencar1bencar1 Posts: 3
    Just wanted to invite any, and ALL Mopar nuts, and AMC owners to our annual Meet on October 1, 2006, at the NJ Agricultural Museum. You can get a copy of our Flyer at
  • bencar1bencar1 Posts: 3
    Well, I finally made it to one of the Power Tour finales. This one ended at Raceway Park, which is only 20 minutes from where I live.

    All in all, I'd have to say, it was okay, maybe even nice, plenty of nice cars, Manufacturers Displays, but overall, this is one of those events geared toward the more money than brains crowd, and I'm definitely not in that group. In fact, money aside, I often doubt my brain power these days as well, based on my inability to get anywhere in the automotive hobby industry, despite 31 years experience :(
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,294
    I'm planning on having my 1989 Cadillac Brougham at the GM show this Saturday, (weather permitting of course!) I've never had a car at that particular show.

    Andre, are you still planning on having your 1976 Pontiac LeMans there? If so, how will I be able to find you? Are the cars sorted by make, class, year, or just random? I planned on putting my car in the all-original unrestored class.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    Lemko, I'm going to be there. My original plan was to come up for the whole show, but I had some complications come up, so I'm just going up for the day on Saturday.

    I'll have my '76 LeMans there. They usually sort the cars by class, and sometimes they have to make the classes broader if there are too few cars. For instance, last year I think they had a class for all Pontiac Tempest/LeMans models. There was my '76, a '77 Can Am, a '73 LeMans GT, and one or two '66-67 era Tempest/LeManses. The GTOs are in another class. They also usually put the less popular cars further towards the fringes of the field. IIRC, last year the only classes further out were the full-sized Pontiacs, and then the '80-85 GM X-bodies! :blush:

    I'm planning on leaving first thing in the morning tomorrow, so I'm guessing I should be up there around 9:30 or so. I guess if you wanted to pick a specific time, we could just meet at my car? Or if you thought you'd get there first, meet at yours?

    There probably won't be a very big Cadillac crowd, so they might just go ahead and lump all the Caddies together in one group on the field. So it won't be like I'd have to sort through row upon row of Broughams to find you, or for you to have to sift through a sea of LeManses!
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,294
    ...looks like I'll be able to make the Carlisle Mopar Show for Saturday the 8th.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    to anyone that's in the area/in the mood...the Carlisle PA All-Mopar Nationals is this weekend, July 7-9. I'm planning on going up in the morning with my '79 NYer, and staying through Saturday evening.
  • lemkolemko Philadelphia, PAPosts: 15,294
    ...When is the Macungie Show?
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