The Classic Auto Show returns to LA for a second year, the National Street Rod Association lists its 2018 schedule, and other event news
The recently rediscovered 1968 Ford Mustang that raced through the streets of San Francisco in the movie Bullitt heads east next month to appear at the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.
The dark-green Mustang GT fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film will be shown in the Hagerty booth at the concours, which takes place March 11. The iconic movie car was revealed in January during the Detroit auto show and at a special appearance in Traverse City, Michigan, sponsored by Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company.
Two identical Mustangs were used in the filming of Bullitt, the “hero” car for the close-up scenes and the “jump” car for the action sequences. This Mustang was the hero car, which avoided getting battered (too much) during the making of the film. The jump car was unearthed last year.
“Few vehicles achieve the legendary status of the 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt,” according to an Amelia Island Concours news release. “The film’s 11-minute scene featuring McQueen’s Highland Green fastback running down Bill Hickman’s 1968 Dodge Charger R/T is widely regarded as the most influential car chase in movie history.”
For information about the Amelia Island Concours, visit the event website.
Return of the Classic Auto Show
The Classic Auto Show returns to Los Angeles for its second year March 2-4 at the LA Convention Center, with seven new exhibits, 1,000 vintage vehicles and displays from 65 Southern California car clubs.
The new exhibits are:
Porsche, a celebration of the German sports car company’s 70th anniversary presented by the Petersen Automotive Museum, which is currently housing a major retrospective of the marque.
Citroën, with the Mullin Museum presenting a select group of the celebrated French cars from museum founder Peter Mullin’s own collection.
Women ’n Wheels, presented by the Automobile Driving Museum a female-only vehicle exhibit along with panel discussions with women from the world of motorsports as well as female technicians and instructors.
Hot Rods, with collector Bruce Meyer bringing three of his most-iconic cars and several Southern California hot rod clubs showing their special rides.
Lowriders, with the Historic Vehicle Association displaying the famed 1964 Chevy Impala known as Gypsy Rose as the centerpiece of an exhibit showcasing the collections of several lowrider clubs.
Classic Japanese Cars, with more than 25 cars including a 1966 Toyota Corona and a 1971 Nissan Skyline Coupe GTR “Hakasuka.”
Vintage Jeep and 4X4 Pavilion, with classic Jeeps joined by four-wheel-drive pickups and Dodge Power Wagons.
For information about the Classic Auto Show, visit the event website.
Street rod roll call
The National Street Rod Association has 10 events planned nationwide for 2018 to celebrate the craft and performance of street rod culture. The shows are:
The 31st annual Southeast Street Rod Nationals, April 6-10 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
The 35th annual Southwest Street Rod Nationals, April 13-15 at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The 42nd annual Western Street Rod Nationals, April 27-18 at Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, California.
The 44th annual Street Rod Nationals South, May 4-6 at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The 35th annual Mid-America Street Rod Nationals, May 25-27 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield Missouri.
The 45th annual Street Rod Nationals East, June 1-3 at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania.
The 34th annual Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals, June 22-24 at Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.
The 49th annual Street Rod Nationals, August 2-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
The 39th annual Street Rod Nationals North, September 7-9 at Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The 25th annual Northeast Street Rod Nationals, September 14-16 at Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Burlington, Vermont.
For more information, visit the NSRA website.
More concours and events
The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance takes place February 25 at the Boca Raton, Florida, Resort and Club. A pair of renowned car-guy comedians, Jay Leno and Tim Allen, will be celebrity judges for the event. The concours gala dinner, auction and show on February 24 will feature Allen in a standup performance. For information, visit the event website.
The Classic Car Club of America holds its Grand Classic Car Show of pre-war cars on March 17 on the front lawn of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in Southern California, north of San Diego. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit the event website.
The 10th annual Mustang Car Show, billed as the nation’s largest single-day Mustang event, takes place Saturday, June 16, at the Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. The show is sponsored by AmericanMuscle, which markets a variety of products for muscle cars. For information, visit the event website.1 comment