Melrose on Seventh Avenue car show

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Melrose business district sign and 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe hood ornament

They aren’t highfalutin concours d’elegance. They aren’t auction sales showcases. They aren’t big traveling circuses a la Goodguys. They aren’t marque-centric events like those staged at Carlisle. They aren’t even car-club gatherings or weekly cruise-ins or those early Saturday morning cliques with cars for your eyes and enough caffeine to wake the deceased.

What they are — and there are dozens of them each week from coast to coast and border to border when the weather permits — are neighborhood events such as the Melrose on Seventh Avenue Street Fair on Saturday, a festival featuring local merchants, artists, crafts, children’s activities, perhaps even a beer garden and a place to adopt a new pet, a stage with live music and, arrayed along the avenue, about a hundred classic or customized cars.

It doesn’t matter that the cars aren’t of concours quality. Their owners take no less pride in showing and sharing them, and they make up in variety of eras, makes and models what they might lack in pure elegance.

But that’s OK, because these aren’t trailer queens but cars that are driven to be enjoyed.

Those of us living well south of the snowbelt get to enjoy such shows through the winter months. Those of you who have spent your winters shoveling your driveways and plowing your roads get to enjoy such shows starting in just a few weeks.

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In the meantime, you can see what we saw recently on Seventh Avenue in Phoenix, where one of those local merchants, Chester’s Quality Automotive Service, sponsored the car show.

Photos by Larry Edsall

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

1 COMMENT

  1. Larry,
    Looks like I should go to the Melrose on Seventh Ave. car show, seeing all those Cadillac’s, or was that just for me?
    Dave Ritchie
    President
    Cadillac & LaSalle Club

  2. Next time we are in Phoenix we will have to stop by the Melrose on Seventh Avenue street car show
    Thank You

  3. I thot it was a Diner. Iam drooling anyway; beautiful pics. Thanx. will have to get there next Winter and buy something.

  4. Thank you for sharing the photos with us! Wish I could have been there with you! When was this show, and how often do you have such shows in that area? I just love to view the old classics……..and it’s even better to be able to drive them!! Thanks again!