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LA Car Shows

Auto Shows in Los Angeles


With LA's car culture it's not surprising that Los Angeles and Orange Counties host an astounding array of car shows for automobile fans of every ilk. Whether you're a fan of classic woodies, antique autos, race cars, luxury rides, pimped out hot rods or whatever the manufacturers have in store for next season, there's a car show in the greater LA area to get you excited. Long Beach and Huntington Beach seem to dominate with more car shows every year than any other area.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the car shows in the area, but rather a collection of events that I think my interest auto aficionados visiting from out of town. The following LA car shows are listed by month and continue onto page 2.

1. Saturday Sunrise Car Cruisers

Any time of year is a good time to check out the Saturday Sunrise Car Cruisers, AKA the Donut Derelicts who gather bright and early at Adams Avenue Donuts (9015 Adams Avenue Huntington Beach, CA 92646) every Saturday morning. Over 75 roadsters, hot rods and new concept cars make an appearance on an average Saturday. For more weekly car club and cruise night events, check out www.socalcarculture.com/events.html

2. Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show

Seven times a year the Fairplex in Pomona hosts the Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show where hundreds of vendors offer all kinds of hard to find parts for classic autos and people come to buy and sell as well as showcase their custom and vintage rides.

3. Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona

The Grand National Roadster Show is the longest running competitive indoor car show in the country, taking place inside all the buildings at the LA County Fairgrounds, the Fairplex in Pomona, every January. In addition to the competition cars inside the halls, the event incorporates the Grand Daddy Drive-In, which adds 400-800 additional hot rods, classic and collector cars on display between the buildings.

4. Wavecrest Huntington Beachcruiser Meet

Over 500 Woodies, Nomads, VW vans and other popular surfer rides show up every March for the annual Wavecrest Huntington Beachcruiser Meet in Huntington Beach. The event spreads down Main Street onto the Huntington Beach pier.

5. Car Shows at the Long Beach Grand Prix

From the free Thunder Thursday opening night street party through the weekend of Grand Prix action, race cars are on display in street exhibits and at the Gran Prix Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center during the Long Beach Grand Prix each April.

6. Culver City Car Show

Over 400 classic cars and hot rods are showcased during the Culver City Car Show the Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend in May. The event includes food, music and car-culture vendors.

7. Endless Summer Classic Car Show

Cars from the 1940s to 1970s are exhibited on Pier Plaza at the foot of Hermosa Beach Pier, usually the first Saturday in May.

8. Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena

150 vintage and contemporary Ferrari's are showcased at the annual Concorso Ferrari, which takes place every May on Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena.

9. Beverly Hills Concours D'Elegance

Every June on Father's Day, the famed stretch of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is closed off for the Concours D'Elegance luxury car show. The theme changes each year

10. Huntington Beach Concours D'Elegance

Huntington Beach Concours D'Elegance showcases more Ferraris and Alfa Romeos than the more ubiquitous HB beach cruisers. The show takes place in Central Park each June in conjunction with the simultaneous Antique Car Show, Hot Rods in the Park, Corvettes in the Park and the Concours Motorcycle Show.

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