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While I don’t report on many car shows outside of California this New York show caught my interest. The Syracuse Nationals is one of New York’s largest and most popular car shows with usually more than 7,000 cars registered. Comparing that to the 2,000 maximum you get at other large car shows like Kool April Nites, this one is huge.

Nice thing about a show of this size is that there is usually a wide variety of things to do and the Syracuse Nationals are no exception. To keep the non-car show enthusiasts interest there is also a Women’s world! This is an indoor section of the show devoted to handmade arts and crafts and other product booths.

The Dukes of Hazard Autograph signing, drag races, and tech shows (more…)


It’s Auction Time!! The 2012 Orange County Barrett Jackson Auction in Southern California is just a little over a week away with the pre-events starting next Sunday. While it is pretty unlikely many of us Northern Californians will be heading down to SoCal to check out the auction that doesn’t mean we are going to get left out. No doubt you’ve already discovered that Barrett Jackson has live TV feeds of the action packed auction for the armchair bidders.

2012 Barrett-Jackson Auction Catalog

What’s TV without a TV guide? Pretty much the same as an auction without a catalog! All guesswork! The Orange County Barrett Jackson Auction is putting out a catalog of the collector cars that will be sold at the show. You can buy the catalog online now (more…)

The World’s Coolest Cars, Historic Warbirds, Demolition Derby, Quirky Contraptions

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show Expands to Two Days, April 28-29, 2012 at Half Moon Bay Airport

1950 Custom Peterbilt

1950 Custom Peterbilt


Stop by our calendar for more pictures of the Pacific Coast Dream Machines car show

HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA — For a remarkable and singular experience, there’s nothing that matches up to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show — Half Moon Bay’s massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style known as the “Coolest Show on Earth”. It’s a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and
absolutely unique show and tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world’s coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays.

This year’s 22nd annual show is expanding to two days (more…)

It’s about time for Redding’s Top Automotive event. Redding Kool April Nites (cool april nights). Once again there is a 2000 car cap so if you are planning on entering a car you probably want to get things started, registration ends on April 11 and the show is from April 17-22. You can find more information in our car show calendar on 2012 Kool April Nites.

Redding Kool April Nites

Redding Kool April Nites


Show ands Shines will be held through out the week with the main events happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cuise starts at 6:30 on Friday and is followed by the first of the two dances at the Redding Convention Center in the Mega Tent. (more…)

Russo and Steele Sports and Muscle Monterey Auction

Russo and Steele Auctions

Russo and Steele Auctions


Following the success of the Russo and Steele Scottsdale auctions, Russo and Steele are now holding auctions in Monterey California. This year’s auction will be held on August 16-18, 2012. This year’s show is entitled “Mecca of Collector Automobiles”. Check here for more information on the 2012 Russo and Steele Monterey Auction.

Collector Car Auctions

Russo and Steele only consign collectable vehicles and specialize in collectable European Sports cars, American Muscle cars, hot rod and custom cars. While at the Barret Jackson auctions you will find a wider veriety of vehicles including collector work trucks, celebrity signed vehicles (like a tractor from Jay Leno), novelty cars like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, late model sports cars and even just late model cars, Russo and Steele only works with the exceptional and collector automobiles.

Monterey’s Historic Car week

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Another Great year for the Scottsdale Arizona Barrett Jackson auction with a large number of Vehicles going for over a million dollars. The Top 5 for all 6 days was a 1948 TUCKER TORPEDO for $2,915,000.00, 1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY for $2,750,000.00, 1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING for $2,200,000.00, 1933 PIERCE-ARROW SILVER ARROW for $2,200,000.00 and a 1954 DE SOTO ADVENTURER II for $1,430,000.00.

There were also 4 other cars that sold for over $1 million, a 1928 DAIMLER P.1.50 VEE FRONT ROYAL LIMOUSINE for $1,155,000.00, a 1930 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO CABRIOLET for $1,100,000.00, 1930 DUESENBERG J for $1,045,000.00 and a 1964 FORD FAIRLANE 500 CUSTOM 2 DOOR HARDTOP for $1,000,000.00.

The Scottsdale auction started off on Tuesday and the top 5 results were dominated by Ford and Chevy. (more…)


One of the most recognized auctions in the world is currently underway. The Scottsdale Barrett Jackson is being held at Westworld of Scottsdale in Scottsdale Arizona Jan 16-22cd. The Barrett Jackson Auctions usually have an eclectic selection of car and this year’s auction is no different.

Barrett Jackson Tickets

Ticket prices vary tremendously depending on the day, how long you plan on staying and if you qualify for one of the discount tickets. Week passes go from $160 to $80 with the online tickets going at about half price so it’s well worth going to the online Barrett Jackson Ticket sales instead of paying at the gate.

If you can’t get tickets and see the show in person, Barrett Jackson also does video footage of the auction so you can check out some of the top sales on TV from the comfort of your own home. (more…)

California is the home of hundreds of classic car shows and auto shows. Ranging from small charity, high school and private business events (restaurants and others) to mid sized city and chamber cars shows to the large international Auto Shows California has them all and a lot of them.

No matter where you live in California there are going to be some shows nearby. Www.NorCalCars.com and our sister site www.SouthernCalCars.com lists all of the cars shows available in California.

www.SouthernCalCars.com now has the new 2012 California Car Shows calendar up and ready to be viewed. Most of the car show organizers like to get their show listed 1-3 months before the start of the show, so stop by frequently to find out what shows are coming to your area in the upcoming months.

Auto Shows
Southern California also has a couple of the major International Auto shows. (more…)

One of Northern California’s major automotive events is underway in San Francisco this weekend. The San Francisco Auto Show is held by the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com and presented by AutoTrader.com.

San Francisco International Auto Show

The SF Auto show is an international event showcasing the 2012 model year cars from most of the major manufacturers around the world including Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Fisker, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, infinity, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land-Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, McLaren, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, VW and Volvo.
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It’s that time again!. NorCalCars.com has added the new car show calendar for 2012. Over the next few months we will be adding the dates and times for all of your favorite shows. If we have missed a show that you are organizing be sure to check out our sign up page for the information we will need.

We have already added the time and date for many of the major events in Northern California like the Silicon Valley International Auto Show, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Redding Kool April Nites, and the Sacramento Autorama.

So, don’t forget to take a few minutes to drop by our NorCal Car Shows calendar!

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