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Classic Car Shows

By Hanna Nilson


Classic car shows are a great way to show off your antique car collection, learn more about classic cars or just spend some quality fun-time with the family. Either way, an auto show is a great public venue for the classic car enthusiast and armature alike.

We all love beautiful cars, right? Well, imagine a whole field or convention hall full of exceptionally valuable and desirable classic cars. It’s a lot of fun. So, for anyone looking to participate in a classic car show, it might help to know what to expect from such events. Otherwise, it might not be as easy to truly appreciate the time, investment and historical value that these show cars represent.

Many classic car shows are organized locally as community events, which can be organized as more casual and flexible in their displays. This doesn’t mean, however, that they’ll accept just any car off the road. Of course, each car must be presentable and attractive as well as of a certain age. These classic car shows showcase custom, classic, or exotic cars which are usually required to be at least 20-25 years old. They are also usually privately owned and restored, which makes community classic car shows unique to each area. These are special occasions as each car demonstrates a personal touch in the role of a community level contribution to the appreciation of classic cars.

There are also the grand-scale; international and nation wide classic car shows and classic car show tours. These events tend to be held on a seasonal or annual basis. There are also classic car shows which are organized by antique or Classic Car Clubs such as the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) or the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). These are both well established and respectable car clubs. They usually only exhibit cars which qualify based on their own particular standards. For example, the Classic Car Club of America’s “Grand Classics” are some of the most well respected classic car shows in the country. The CCCA was founded in 1935 and they are only interested in cars that were in production from 1925-1948. As any classic car enthusiasts would know that these national shows for Classic Cars represent real class and exemplify standards of excellence within the trade. Unfortunately, these shows are for members only. This helps to maintain a same level of interests and participation among all attendants.

On the other hand, the Antique Automobile Club of America was founded in 1952 and is also an esteemed contributor to the national and international population of classic car enthusiasts. Like the AAAC, these guys mean business and have very particular standards for their out-of-production classic cars. The AAAC also has a restricted focus when it comes to selecting cars for their car shows. They are particularly interested in the high-priced classic cars which were only available for a limited time period. Racing cars and sports would also not be eligible for a AAAC classic car show.

There are plenty of other classic car shows that happen on a regular basis. Most of them aren’t as meticulous as the CCCA or AAAC. There are also many car shows that are totally free to the public, meaning that you don’t have to be a member of the club to enjoy the show. Check out your local listings for any scheduled locations and dates for classic car shows near you!

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