Every year thousands of people from all over the country flock to some of the nation’s biggest car shows. For vintage and classic car enthusiasts, there’s nothing quite as exciting as being surrounded by incredible automobiles and like-minded car gurus that share your same passion for steel and rubber. These shows are the perfect opportunity to see, and show off, beautiful vintage cars. Here are some of the best classic car shows in the country as well as helpful tips for getting your own vehicle to the shows.
Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance
The Concourse, held on the third Sunday every August, is the signature event of the Pebble Beach, California automotive week show. Each year, hundreds of collector cars and motorcycles are neatly displayed on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. This world-renowned car show brings a unique crowd, outfitted in sunhats, bowties, and driving gloves, only adding to the sophistication of the surroundings. It is a premiere destination for classic car enthusiasts and an event not to be missed.
Iola Classic Car Show
The Ioala Classic Car Show, held every summer in Wisconsin, is a staple for vintage car lovers. Featuring 4,200 swap spaces, 2,500 show cars, and over 1,000 cars for sale, it is the perfect place to join the company of other car enthusiasts. It is one of the oldest, biggest, and best combination car show/swap meets in the country.
The Elegance at Hershey
Hershey, Pennsylvania may be best known for its chocolate, but it is also the host of one of the best vintage car events in the country. The Elegance is a high-end car show featuring mid-century race and collector cars from all over the world. It carries the distinction as being a “garden party with the world’s finest collector cars” and is a crowd favorite year after year.
Hailed as the world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Charlotte AutoFair is a four-day event held every April and September at the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. One of the most exciting parts of the event is the judging of vehicles that are 25 year or older. This annual event gets about 150,000 people in attendance at both the spring and the fall shows and also includes a large flea market for restoration parts and supplies.
The Woodward Dream Cruise
What better place to attend a car show than in the motor city itself, Detroit. Held every third Saturday in August, this one day event has earned the reputation of being one of the best car shows in the country, pulling in a staggering 1.5 million people in attendance each year! With more than 40,000 classic cars on display, it is easily one of the top car shows in the U.S.
How to Get Your Classic Car to a Show
While it’s fun to attend one of these incredible shows to see the cars on display, it can be even more thrilling if your car is one of the attractions! If you are interested in taking your own classic car to a show, you want to consider the safest and most efficient means of transport. Driving your classic car is not recommended, as it can be high mileage and unnecessary wear and tear on your vintage vehicle. This can cause your vehicle to lose some of its value, not to mention the potential for damage or car trouble along the way. Your safest option is to have your classic car shipped. Here are a few tips for shipping a classic car:
Find the Right Transport Company
You want to be sure you choose a reputable auto transport company that is experienced in shipping classic cars. There are certain measures that should be taken to ensure the safety of your vehicle and you want to make sure that the company you choose takes the right steps to minimize any risk of damage. Be sure to do plenty of research and check plenty of reviews before choosing an auto transport company.
Choose Enclosed Shipping
When shipping a vehicle you have the option of choosing between open and enclosed transport. Enclosed transport is your best option for a classic or vintage car because it offers the most protection for your vehicle.
Check Your Insurance
Standard car insurance doesn’t offer the same level of protection as classic car insurance, and the insurance covered by the transport company typically only covers negligence. Therefore, you want to be sure you have the proper insurance so that your vehicle is adequately covered in the unlikely event of an accident.
Auto transport is the safest method of transport for your classic or vintage vehicle. It allows you to safely get your vehicle to a car show without putting unnecessary mileage and wear and tear on your classic car. With the proper preparation, you can safely transport your car to any car show in the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.