Make a Classic Car Show Feel Like More Than a Walk Through Automotive History
Have you ever been to a Classic Car Show or gathering? Do you ever check out your local clubs when they have an event? The Inaugural Classic Auto Show in Los Angeles was a museum full of art and history in the form of automobiles. It was so much more than a gathering of gearheads and enthusiasts ogling one another’s cars. Don’t think for a moment that a classic car show is just a “guy” thing!
How to Get the Whole Family Excited about the Classic Car Show
If you are a classic car enthusiast, you’d have been content chasing celebrity autographs of the restoration rockstars like Chris Jacobs of Discovery Channel’s Overhaulin’ and Dave Kindig of Velocity’s Bitchin’ Rides. Perhaps you have been tinkering away on a “project” in the garage for far too long – here, you’ll find just the inspiration, ideas, and means necessary to finally finish it. And whatever classic car you favor, you’ll find plenty of peers to share your enthusiasm.
If you just want to check out some cool cars, no matter what you’re interest or level of knowledge about classics, here are some great ideas for the whole family to have a blast at a Classic Car Show.
1. Find Your First Car
Everybody remembers their first car. Perhaps you remember all the stories you listened to about a parent’s first car. A Classic Auto Show is a great place to see if you can find a restored version of your first set of wheels.
Don’t hate, but it just so happens my first car was a 1966 6-cylinder Ford Mustang Pony Edition. I loved the ease of repairs on my straight-6. I learned to change the oil and tires myself! Seriously, how many teenagers are doing that today? Well, at the Classic Auto Show there were plenty of early Mustangs on show, and a few Pony models too.
2. Find Cars from Popular Songs
This is a fun one. Think of any song that has the name of a car in it, and look for that car (or something close). Here are a few that I came up with:
3. Find the Ultimate Surfin’ Safari Car or Camper
So now that you can’t get the Beach Boys out of your head, you might be dreaming of going on a “Surfing Safari.” If you don’t surf, perhaps you kayak, canoe, or need racks for skis. Here are some contenders:
For the win: Another Volkswagen, the 1961 Westfalia SO23 Camper, hands down. I would camp right her eright now in this VW on the Convention Center floor if they’d let me.
4. Locate the Ultimate Cross-Country Road Trip Vehicle
For driving across the country, say, on Route 66, my ideal car is a convertible, has plenty of space for luggage, and very comfy seats.
5. Find the Ultimate Drive-In Movie Make-Out Mobile
When it comes to the perfect wheels for a date at the drive-in movies, most (of us who remember) prefer ample space in front, ideally a bench seat. Most of Americana would be favoring Chevrolets, Buicks, and perhaps these:
My taste was more refined. Since I studied French in high school, it only made sense that I dated a guy who drove a Citroen when he picked me up to go to the movies. Yep, that French car that raises and lowers, and made for a real sweet ride.
6. Play Scavenger Hunt Classic Car BINGO
Entertain the kids (and yourself) by making a list of special car features to find at the show. Start with these:
- Rumble Seat
- White Rim Wheel
- AM Radio Button
- Wooden Steering Wheel
- Hood Ornaments
Don’t Miss a Classic Auto Show in Your Area
If you missed the Inaugural LA Classic Auto Show, there are more to come. The LA dates are already set for next year, March 2-4, 2018, so you can start planning now to attend this show next year! There also are classic car shows, cruise nights and other events celebrating class cars in cities across the country, like these on the West Coast of Florida, these in South Florida and these in the Midwest. In California, check out the Automobile Driving Museum, currently featuring the special exhibit “A Woman’s Touch” portraying the history of women in the automotive industry. Whether you are in southern California or anywhere else, next time you hear about a classic car show, parade, or gathering, be sure to bring the whole family for a fun day of discovery.