Cruise in to Fall


This weekend officially welcomes the season of Autumn. I love this time of year. It brings back fond memories of jumping in piles of leaves, cooler temperatures, shorter days and the knowledge that my favorite holidays are just around the corner. It also seems to be a popular time of year for “cruise ins” and car shows. A “cruise in” basically is a car show, only the cars cruise into it. These shows traditionally take place outside and feature classic, antique or suped up cars and “rods”. I do not have any facts to back me up on why there are so many fall car shows, but I wanted to share it with you anyway. Lucky you! I am thinking that the angle of the sun and the reflection of the leaves, is the best possible light to be showcasing these gorgeous cars. Or maybe it’s just that the car owners like the fall season as much as I do. Could go either way.

I have featured a few this week that are not only terrific car shows, they have a few unique elements to them. I am very impressed with the show in Costa Mesa because it really is a life saver. Playing on their attendee demographic, the show offers a prostate cancer screening test booth. To date it has saved hundreds of lives because the results have compelled people with no symptoms to seek additional evaluation. In addition this week there is also a car parade to celebrate Fleet Week in San Diego, a car show on the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ and one of the nicest settings for a downtown car show in Grand Junction, CO . In the next two weeks, there will be two huge car shows taking place in Pennsylvania; Hershey and Carlise. I walked both of these shows many times and I have to tell you, they are a workout.

Car shows are great fun for the whole family and I encourage you to drop in on one in your area this weekend. To check what’s going on in your backyard, use the search box above. And most of all, get out and have some fun!

Please note: I added the shows of Carlise and Hershey to this list, even though they take place in the next few weeks, not this weekend.

Boardwalk Classic Car Show
Sep 22, 2011 – Sep 24, 2011
Wildwood Convention and Civic Center Wildwood, NJ US 08260
Since 1994. Classic Car Street Festival held on Sweet Briar, Wisteria and Columbine Roads in Wildwood Crest. Drive-in type movie begins at dusk. Cars will be displayed on the Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. for the “Best Of” in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center

Fall Jefferson Car Show
Sep 23, 2011 – Sep 25, 2011
Jefferson County Fairgrounds Jefferson, WI US 53549
Since 1978, This is a great time to pick up the parts you need for your winter restoration projects! With over 3,100 swap spaces at this swapmeet, you are sure to find the car parts you need! The Cars for Sale Corral has over 800 cars, so you are sure to find lots of great deals at the end of the season. New 2 day car show. Featuring all Fords!
30,000+ Attendees

Cruise Nite Weekend and Car Show
Sep 24, 2011 – Sep 25, 2011
Community Park Jacksonville, IL US 62650
Since 1978. One of the largest Cruise events in Illinois. Come to the cruise on Saturday night and stay for the show on Sunday. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a weekend of fun for the whole family.

Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral
Sep 28, 2011 – Oct 02, 2011
Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle, PA US 17013
Features over 1,800 collector cars and trucks for sale, car corral and over 3,200 vendors fill 8,100 vendor spaces filled with all types of automotive goodies.
90,000+ Attendees

AACA Hershey Fall Meet
Oct 05, 2011 – Oct 08, 2011
Hershey Park Stadium at Hershey Park Hershey, PA US 17033
Since 1957, this is one of the largest antique car shows and flea markets in the world, with 10,400 spaces. If you walked the entire show, it would be 29.5 miles to cover. There are cars and vendors from over 23 countries. It consists of over 9,000 flea market spaces, over 1,000 car corral spaces, and approximately 1,500 show cars. Each year the show attracts visitors from all over the United States and many countries throughout the world. Some of the most unusual cars and parts can be found at Hershey. If you love antique cars, Hershey is the place to be.
300,000 Attendees

Cruisin For A Cure Car Show
Sep 24, 2011
Orange County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center Costa Mesa, CA US 92626
Since 2000, Cruisin’ For A Cure is the world’s largest one day charity custom/classic auto show with over 3400 vehicles on display, over 200 vendors and exhibitors, and a mile and 1/2 cruise route. Cruisin’ For A Cure is a registered non-profit California organization. All of the individuals that organize the show, handle show day logistics, and generally help make this event a success, are doing this voluntarily in addition to their “day jobs”. Unlike many other automotive fundraising events, none of the money goes to a car club, promoter, or ”administrative overhead”…. There are none! Thus, you can be assured that your donation goes directly to prostate cancer research. That is why we have all participants make their entry check out to the CITY OF HOPE. We simply log in the vehicle information for the show and forward the check to the City of Hope

License to Cruise Car Show
Sep 23, 2011
Downtown Appleton Appleton, WI US 54912
License to Cruise, a classic and collectors’ car show is part of the Appleton Octoberfest. Features 400 classic cars, live music, strolling entertainers and food booths.

Downtown Car Show
Sep 24, 2011
Downtown Grand Junction, CO US 81506
Since 2002. Main Street hosts this open-air show featuring more than 300 antique and classic cars, trucks and hot rods, along with exotic sports cars, tours of the valley, artwork and music.

NE Georgia Mustang Club Car Show
Sep 24, 2011
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Maggie Valley, NC US 28751
Since 1974, Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Meet. There will be show shirts available, SS Tee, LS Tee and Sweatshirts. We have numerous door prizes available and the awards this year will be clocks instead of placques. The Mustangs Unlimited girls will be there handling the 50/50. For any questions, please contact David Osborn 770-356-9431 or David Johnson 678-357-8615 or any of the links on the contact page. The show will run from 8:00 to 4:00 and will be a popular vote format with awards presentation at 4:30. We have have several vendors registered and committed to attend. Once again we have arranged for food and drink to be available at the site.

San Diego Fleet Week Car Parade
Sep 22, 2011
Downtown Coronado, CA US 92178
The kickoff to a fun-filled weekend at the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival. Parade Route: The parade will begin at Naval Air Station North Island, travel down Orange and terminate at Rotary Plaza and Isabella Avenue. Come visit this grand gathering of the Coronado and San Diego communities along with racers from all over the nation. The Coronado Speed Festival is a premier motorsports event, saluting our nation’s military. Please join “The Race at the Base.”

Antique Car Show
Sep 24, 2011
Montgomery Place Historic Estate Annandale-on-Hudson, NY US 12504
Antique cars will be tooling around the grounds of Montgomery Place at this ticketed special event that will delight automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Great food and a 17-piece brass band round out the day. Owners of cars from 1985 and older are invited to participate. The mansion will be open for tours. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.

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