Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 San Diego and Southern California Car Show Calendar for events I'm most interested in

Updated Oct 2nd 2012

Jan 21st
Qualcomm Stadium, 7pm
Monster Truck Jam,_CA/

January 27 - 29,
Grand National Roadster Show 2012
Pomona Fairplex

Feb 12th
Nuts4Cars has a musclecar mania show
LaJolla on Girard, between Silverado and Prospect

Feb 26th
Dessert Classic Concours d'Elegance
The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

Feb 24th-26th
Qualcomm Big 3 swap meet

March 9-10
Temecula Rod run

March 25th
Bugstock 10am to 4pm
OC Marketplace, OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive – Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

March 30-31, April 1st
Del MarGoodguys

March 31st
Dream Rides for Kids
widening the world of auto enthusiasm to kids at risk,
giving them a ride in a cool car to learn what a rewarding hobby or career cars can be
"instilling self-worth, passion, confidence and hope to at-risk youth using the motivational inspiration of exotic cars and their owner-mentors. By connecting the concept of hard work, personal pride, and the rewards that come from this, DR4K hopes to create a positive influence in their lives"

April 1st
LaJolla Concours De Elegance

April 13-15
Mopars at the Strip
10th Anniversary

April 21st and 22nd
Mopar Spring Fling
Van Nuys Woodley park

April 29th
Bob Baker VW Carlsbad annual VW Show!
I was there last year, it was rained on, but great

May 5th and 6th
Edelbrock "Revved up for kids" 7th annual
Torrence California (near Long Beach)

May 6th
The Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance
tickets limited to 3,000
Tickets cost between 108 and 133 each (read the rest, it's worth it, includes food, drink, Peterson Museum 2 for 1 coupon)
Beverly Hills, CA
Tickets for the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance are $108 per person when purchased in advance (taxes & service fees incl.) and $133 at the door
Ticket sales are limited to 3000 and ticket purchase includes unlimited food and drink, program book and poster, access to the estate grounds and mansion, as well as a two for one admission to the Peterson Automotive Museum.

Free parking at Beverly Hills Parking Structure (Parking Structure is located at 9333 W 3rd St) Guests will be picked up at the parking structure and transported to and from Greystone Mansion via shuttle.\
For media inquiries, please contact Agnes Gomes-Koizumi at or call 323-937-5488.

May 19th and 20th
El Mirage

May 19th
10 am to 330 pm
All AMC car show at the Wally Parks NHRA museum in Pomona
AMX's and SS/AMX's, Javelins, Gremlins, Nash/Hudsons, Concords, Eagles, Rouge's, SC/Ramblers, Metropolitans, Ramblers, Americans, Ambassadors, Jeeps, Spirits, Marlins, Rebels, Hornets, Matadors, and Pacers

May 20th
Muckenthaler Concours d' Elegance and Horseless Carriage parade
Fullerton Ca , in the merger of the 57, 91 and 5 freeways, just north of Anaheim

June 1st and 2nd
The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show
Boys Republic
Chino Hills
there is a lot more activities, cruise, dinner etc info at

June 2nd and 3rd
Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance
Saturday the focus will be pre-1975 Rats, Rods, and Customs with Grand Marshall Fireball Tim
Sunday the focus is the Concours Classic Cars and Motorcycles with Grand Marshal Dave Kunz, Emphasis of this years Concours is Chrysler and Fiat vehicles, KTM and Honda motorcycles
Huntington Beach Central Park
7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA

June 2nd,
JR's Competition Annual Open House
2080 Wineridge Place
last years photo gallery

June 8, 9, 10th
Long Beach Motorama
Friday 2pm to 9pm
Sat 11am to 9pm
Sun 11am to 7pm

June 9th
Perris (on the 215 just north of the 15/215 split)
Annual Rods and Rails car and train show at the Orange Empire Railway Museum 

June 10th
Bikers and Bombers
Two of Steve McQueen’s motorcycles from a private collection will be on display including a 1921 Harley-Davidson with a side car and his 4-stroke single cylinder 1933 Panther that in 1983 was restored for Steve by Von Dutch
Exclusive motorcycle parking, complimentary coffee & donuts, People’s Choice Bike Show (winner gets to have their photo taken at the controls of the Museum’s B-17 with a former WWII bomber pilot), “meet and greet” WWII pilots Lynn Shubert (P-38 Pilot) and Herb Guiness (B-24 Pilot).

June 16th and 17th
LA Roadsters Annual Fathers Day Weekend car show
Pomona Fairplex
Spectator Parking Enter Gate #9 off White Avenue. There will be tram service available.
Show hours for both Saturday and Sunday will be 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

June 24th
Dana Point Concours de Elegance
Dana Point is where the Interstate 5 is closest to the ocean, just south of San Juan Capistrano
on the golf links of the St Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point
tickets are 30 for Sunday

July 3rd
Chula Vista car cruise begins, for 6 weeks, every Tuesday, 3rd ave
5 to 8 pm

July 8th
Cops and Rodders annual
Liberty Station now, no longer in Normal Heights
2500 Historic Decatur rd

Aug 5th
Kimball Park, National City Heritage show

Aug 5th
Vista Rod Run
9am to 3pm
pre 1972
Downtown Vista (off the 76 West of the 15)

August 10th and 11th
So Cal Hellbilly fest /Rockabilly Fest,
pre 1969 rods and classics only
Oceanside Drive in and Swap Meet grounds
 3480 Mission Ave

Aug 11
Strictly Vintage 2s
Familienfest 18

Aug 19th
Charger Steve's annual Pacific Beach car show on Garnet all the way on the West end at Mission Blvd
8am to 3 pm

Aug 26th
Picnic by the Bay
pre 1972
Embarcadero North (drive South on Kettner) next to Seaport Village
9am 3 pm

Sept 1,2
Ventura Nationals

Sept 8th
Kustom Kulture San Diego
Old Town
10 am 6pm

Sept 8th
Rat Rod Ratpalooza
Lake Las Vegas

September 9th
Liberty Station car show (Old NTC) off Rosecrans or North Harbor Drive

September 16th
Palos Verdes Concours
the theme is French Cars of the 30's
Trump National Golf Club
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
(just south of the 110 405 merge)

Sept 22nd
El Camino, west coast largest vintage bike show
El Camino Community College, Torrance

Sept 22nd, 23rd
Coronado Speedfest

Sept 29th
Crower Cams open house and car show
starts about 10 am
previous coverage at

Sept 29th
Touch a Truck
Kid centric truck and car show for fundraising to stop cancer from getting kids
(Robosaurus will be there!)
and so will 15 food trucks
Qualcomm Stadium

Several new shows added on

Oct 13th
Santee car show
starts at 9am

Oct 14th
Italian cars in Little Italy, San Diego
starts at 10 am... location not displayed on their flyer

Oct 20th
Mopar Fall Fling
Woodley park in Van Nuys as usual

Oct 21st
Del Mar Concours de Elegance

Oct 27th
Kong's 4th annual Toilet Seat Invitational Charity Panel Jam
last years gallery at
San Diego's Kustom Shop
6695 Rasha St
San Diego 92121

Oct 29- Nov 2nd
Las Vegas Convention Center

See the following for more events, because I list the ones I'm most interested in, that are close, or important to me. There are a lot I never learn about, and some that are to far away, or that I've been to so many times that I've seen all the cars that ever show up there.

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