NorCal Events


It’s a new year and it’s time to start lining up the Northern California Car shows again!. Last year was a great year for car shows. Our list started in February last year with 3 great shows one in Sacramento: the Autorama and two in San Francisco: Wekfest and the Rod, Custom & Motorcycle show.

This year is shaping up to be another great year! January started off with the Silicon Valley International Auto Show on January 7-10 and will once again have the Autorama, Wekfest, and Rod, custom & Motorcycle shows in February.

What made our list great last year were the many shows that sent in information and pictures so we could add them to the list. We hope to get another awesome showing this year!. If you know of any Northern California car shows that didn’t make it to our list last year, contact the organizer and remind them to send us their information.

In addition to Northern California Car Shows, this year we are starting a new list of Southern California Car Shows. So if you’re in the southern part of the state be sure to chick it out.

Concours update complements of Brian and Michele Moore, San Francisco Concours d’Elegance

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1966 Iso Bizzarrini 5300 Strada
1966 Iso Bizzarrini 5300 Strada owned by
Mike Gulett of Monte Sereno, CA

We have planned an exciting weekend of activities for the 2009 Presidio of San Francisco Concours d’Elegance. This inaugural event will celebrate the marques of Packard & Bentley.

Since its inception, the Concours d’ Elegance has provided an opportunity for its attendees to experience automotive history in a purely physical perspective. By placing a Concours against the backdrop of the fabled San Francisco Presidio, this inaugural Concours d’ Elegance combines history of the motorcar with one of California’s truly significant landmarks.

In the tradition of a true Concours d’Elegance, The Presidio of San Francisco Concours will bring motorcar enthusiasts together to enjoy a grand automobile show on the green at the Presidio MAIN POST. This truly spectacular venue is nestled in one of the most beautiful public spaces in the country: the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park characterized by many wooded areas, hills, and scenic vistas overlooking the famed Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.

To kick-off the fabulous Concours weekend on Friday night, Bentley of San Francisco will host the Bentley Bash a fete for Concours entrants at its showroom on Van Ness. The weekend of events will continue with the Concours Raduno at Americano Restaurant on Saturday night.

The Concours itself will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2009 and will combine not only one-hundred years of motorcars on display, but also a Cigar & Cognac Lounge, fashion show, gourmet food and wine tasting. Also special to this event will be both green car and vintage military vehicles displays.

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Classic Roadster

Northern California is never boring, always something to do or go see! If you’re in the vicinity of Sacramento the Downtown Lincoln car show might be a nice place to spend the afternoon this upcoming Saturday.

Hosted in, well, Downtown Lincoln Ca, the “Downtown Lincoln” show will be held on Sat the 23rd from 7 Am to 2:30 Pm. Lincoln is about 30 minutes north of Sacramento.

This show attracts about 150 pre 1972 classic cars and trucks. there will also be a special presentation by the Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, live music and food. (more…)

American Graffiti Car Show

American Graffiti the classic car and ’60s cult classic (filmed in 1972) was a movie that defined life in the 60’s. For fans of American Graffiti and fans of classic cars, Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti is a must attend event.

While it is often mistaken that most of American Graffiti was filmed in Modesto California, the fact is most of the most memorable events were actually filmed in Petaluma in Northern California.

Each year Petaluma hosts its salute to American Graffiti with members of the production staff and often members of the actual cast even show up.

New this year will be the inauguration of Holstein’s Herd, a special display of classic police, fire chief and ambulance vehicles. As always there will be a great selection of classic cars that defined that era in American history.

Be sure to attend May 14, 15, 16. For more information check out American Graffiti

British Car ShowThere’s no mistaking the look of a British car, Lotus, Jaguar, Austin Martin, Bentley, MG, Triumph even the Mini Cooper. British car admirers around the western United States will be getting together in Chico California on April 26, 2009 for the Chico British Car show. Over 125 Classic British cars with the featured marquee the Austin Healey.

The public is invited to attend at no cost April 26, 2009. Registration is at : 8 a.m. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chico British Car Show

1954 Ford
1954 Ford

Northern California is the home of some great automotive events! This years shows start off this weekend with the Sacramento Autorama. Now in it’s 59th year, the Sacramento Autorama draws some of the finest cars in the world. The Autorama is hosted in the Cal Expo Buildings, so it should be a great time rain or shine!

To help you keep track of all the upcoming events NorCalCars has put together an NorCal Events Calender

Following the Autorama is the Rod, Custom and Motorcycle show in SF. April and May see the majority of the classic car shows with one happening almost every weekend for those two months. (more…)

Classic Corvettes
Classic Corvettes

Located in the heart of Northern California near Sacramento, Lincoln is the home of the Downtown Lincoln Car Show. With a great collection of luxury touring cars, custom cars, street rods, muscle cars on display, this is a family event you will not want to miss! Food, Music and Classic cars combine to make for a great afternoon.

Make plans to head to Downtown Lincoln Saturday May 23rd 2009 from 7 AM to 2:30 PM.
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Freestyle MotocrossClassic Cars, Modified Cars, Freestyle Motocross and Unicycle Drag Races??? What do they all have in common? These are some of the many events at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show in Half Moon Bay, California. Pacific Coast Dream Machines

This is one unique event that has it all! The classic car show brings in 2,000 classic, vintage, custom and exotics cars to check out. From antique horseless carriages to Model T’s to some of the most exotic muscle cars, sports cars and Hot rods available. (more…)

For those interested in flashy boats and high speeds, Red Bluff’s annual Nitro Nationals is the place to be.

With high-powered boats gliding across the water at well over 200 MPH the Nitro Nationals continues to be a huge success year after year. Two years ago the world record of 264 MPH was set at the Nitro Nationals.

There are 13 unique classes and 150 boats making it an all day event and a site to see. The Show and Shine on Friday May 23rd gave us the chance to see the boats up close and hear their engines roar before seeing them in action on Saturday (postponed).
Nitro Nationals2
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Classic car

Once again the guys at Kool April Nites put on an awesome show! Just about every Classic, Vintage, Antique car and truck you can imagine was there. As usual there was also a large showing of highly modified cars and trucks.

The weather was great this year, no clouds, not too cool, for the entire event. We showed up for the cruse and the main show on Saturday and took a ton of shots of some great cars and trucks. Don’t forget to stop by our 2008 Kool April Nites gallery.

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