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Classic Auto Show changes venue, more concours and event news


The third annual Classic Auto Show takes place March 16-17 in a new venue, the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, where hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display in a festival atmosphere.

Among the highlights of the wide-ranging show will be the Grand Boulevard, where 30 cars with distinctive pedigrees or histories will be on display, including a 1931 Model J Duesenberg, 1962 Fiat Jolly, 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, a 1941 Tatra T87, 1953 Chevy Corvette, 1976 Bricklin SV1 and a 1956 Cadillac Limousine 7533 used under the dictatorship of Generalismo Francisco Franco of Spain.

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The 1949 Tucker Torpedo in the Petersen Museum “vault” | Petersen Automotive Museum

Six vehicles from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will be shown, including a 1929 DuPont Model G Speedster, a 1948 Tucker Torpedo and a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Coupe. The San Diego Automotive Museum is sending a 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 and a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Coupe.

Automobile Driving Museum at El Segundo will display its all-women build, the (55 Jimmi), and the Sacramento-based California Automotive Museum will show a 1912 Metz Roadster and a 1929 Stutz Model M Sedan.

“Each year, our goal is to curate a unique selection of historically significant vehicles that are all-new to the Classic Auto Show,” Michael Carlucci, senior vice president of LeftField Media, the show’s producer, said in a news release. “Since the passions of our fans cover virtually every aspect of car culture and marques, it’s important that we truly have something for everyone.”

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1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 | San Diego Automotive Museum

The all-new “40 Shades of Green” collection will commemorate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a selection of vehicles in shades of green, while the “Classic Truck Tailgate Party” will display a variety of vintage pickup trucks, set in a family friendly entertainment atmosphere with games and live bands.

A special class this year highlights the Import and Japanese Experience with 16 special vehicles selected by noted tuner and designer Big Mike and Terry & Koji Yamaguchi, chief executives of the Japanese Classic Car Show.

The Classic Auto Show will be hosted by comedian and noted car guy Adam Carolla, with a number of celebrity guests on hand, including Dave Kindig, Mark Worman, Mike Finnegan, Bogi and Lyn St. James.

For more information about the Classic Auto Show, visit the event website.

Diecast collector Barracudas at Carlisle

The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, billed as the world’s largest all-Mopar gathering, offers something special for fans of all ages:  a commemorative 1969 Plymouth Barracuda in 1/64th scale.

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The schematic for the diecast Barracuda | Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

The Barracuda model, produced by M2 Machines, represents a rare M-code 440 in black with red interior and highlights, including the 50th anniversary logo of the M-Code A-Body Darts and Barracudas.  The diecast also celebrates the Carlisle theme for this year: the Summer of ’69.

Just 750 of the diecasts will be produced, the organizers notes, and “once they’re gone, they’re gone.”  The cars are priced at just $15 each, with a limit of three per customer, and available on the Carlisle Events store website.

One caveat: The diecast Barracudas must be picked up in person at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, to be held July 12-14 at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fairgrounds.

For more information, visit the event website.

Lamborghini Miura celebrated at London Concours

The London Concours has announced the first of its special feature displays, a gathering of Lamborghini’s iconic Miura mid-engine V12 coupes, which set the groundbreaking formula for following generations of supercar exotics.

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Lamborghini Miura gets trend-setter honors | London Concours

The special showing also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Miura’s lead role in the opening scene of the classic film The Italian Job.

“Once the world’s fastest production car, and hailed as one of the greatest automotive designs of all time, as many as eight examples will be on display at the London Concours this June,” according to a concours news release.

The London Concours takes place June 4-5 at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ in the British capital, with about 100 cars placed in seven curated classes, including The Icons and The Innovators.

The more information, visit the event website.

Goodguys at WestWorld

The second major show of the 2019 season presented by Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, the Spring Nationals, will be presented March 15-17 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a “giant three-day American hot-rodding festival” with more than 2,500 street rods, customs, muscle cars, classics and trick trucks through 1987 vintage on display.

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Goodguys hosts street rods in Scottsdale | Goodguys

On March 17, the show hosts All-American Sunday, which welcomes American-made or -powered vehicles from all years.

Goodguys holds 18 full-scale extravaganzas around the U.S. through November, each open to the best of custom vehicles from the local area and acclaimed national builders, with the coveted Top 12 Cars and Trucks of the Year awards, autocross racing, swap meets, vendors, cars-for-sale corrals, live music and such crowd-pleasing events as the Burn Out Competition.

For more information, visit the event website.

Other concours and events

The 42nd Annual Antique Automobile Show will be held Saturday, March 16, at Riverside Park in Vero Beach, Florida, with about 325 vehicles on display.  Presented by the Indian River Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the show includes antique, classic, prestige, foreign, special interest, commercial and modified vehicles in 15 classes.  For more information, visit the event website.

The 32nd Annual Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show will take place March 23-24 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Billed as the largest custom motorcycle show in the Midwest, the show is held in the 200,000 square-foot indoors venue featuring some of the biggest names in the biking world.  For more information, visit the event website.

The 64th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels takes place March 15-17 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska; the 45th annual Town Fair Tire World of Wheels will be held March 22-24 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts; and the 45th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama happens March 22-24 at Mountain America Exposition Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit the events website.

The Buffalo Motorama takes place March 29-31 at the Buffalo Convention Center in Buffalo, New York, advertised as “the biggest and best indoor custom car and bike show this side of New York.  For more information, visit the event website.

The National Street Rod Association has announced two additions to its 2019 event schedule: the Route 66 Street Rod Nationals on April 23-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Cajun Street Rod Nationals on October 4-5 in Gonzales, Louisiana. For more information and a full schedule of the 12 events marking the NSRA’s 50th anniversary year, visit the association website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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