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Inaugural Future Classics Car Show fills High Street district with a diverse array of cars and people


Car being led to its space in the show | Photo by Hans Marquez

With support from Car Street Journal and NICOclub.com, ClassicCars.com took over High Street in Phoenix to stage the inaugural Future Classics Car Show Monday evening.

All 100 spaces along the street through the upscale shopping district were filled with cars dating from the 1975 through 2005 model years.

Show sampler | Hans Marquez Photo

And the audience was as diverse by age as the vehicles were from a variety of sources, with Asian, European and domestic brands well represented. Those attending the show  were able to enjoy more than the vehicles as the shops and restaurants lining High Street extended hours and many provided discounts during the event.

“We are overwhelmed by the response to ClassicCars.com first Future Classics Car Show” said Roger Falcione, CEO and president of ClassicCars.com. “It is a true example of how the collector car hobby is alive and well with the next generation.  The enthusiasm from the 100 plus car owners and the huge crowd that came out to the event represents a vibrant car community around collector cars from 1975-2005 that we are proud to be a part of.”

Other highlights  included a “paint a Mustang” station where anyone was able to apply their painting talents to  2015 Ford Mustang GT supplied by San Tan Ford (yes, the paint could be washed off afterward). Clowns handed out balloon animals and flowers and a DJ played a mix of music that inspired some to dance.

Cars were judged by a panel led by Classic Cars News East Coast editor Andy Reid.

The winners in each category were:

Best of Show – 1977 Toyota Celica, John Garza

200-2005 Import class –  2002 Acura Rsx Type-S, Nathan Nellessen

1995-1999 Import class – 1991 Acura NSX, Arnie Press

1975-1983 Import class – 1977 Toyota Celica GT

2000-2005 European – 1999 BMW M-coupe, Lena Norberg

1995-1999 European – 1996 Volkswagen Cabrio, Brian McCauley

1984-1994 European – 1987 Saab 900S, Dave Karsten

2000-2005 Domestic – 2004 Chevy Corvette Z06, Joe Martoccia

1995-1999 Domestic – 1996 Ford Cobra, Tim Brudler

1984-1994 Domestic – 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT, Dave Karsten

Diamond in the Rough – 1985 Mitsubushi Starion

Hagerty Youth Judging – 1977 Datsun 280Z, Mark Small

Photography by Hans Marquez, Jackie Wells-Currey, and Matthew Fink

Nicole James
Nicole Jameshttp://nicoleellanjames.com/
Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan


  1. Really think the Maserati TC built for Chrysler from 1989-1991 is being very overlooked as a true hybrid classic. With proper attention, such a neat little all-purpose Tourisimo Cabriolet could have been easily continued in many directions of further development, incorporating the many ideas for improvement that were suggested by many people with varying interests. It’s a beautiful, clean small grand-touring auto.

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