Best Car Show (2016)


For automobile enthusiasts, there's nothing quite like getting up close to a cutting edge debut supercar or vintage classic, popping the hood to gawk and the powerful machinery within or sitting in the drivers seat. These 10 car shows in the United States, voted as the best by 10Best readers from a pool of 20 nominees selected by a panel of automotive experts, deserve a spot on any motorhead's bucket list.

  • Back To The 50's

    Back To The 50's
    St. Paul

    The Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul hosts Back To The 50's (June 17-19, 2016) each summer – a celebration of hot rods, customs and classics with nearly 12,000 registered vehicles. The event also includes live 50's music, a flyover and a gigantic swap meet, as well as activities and games for kids and 'tweens.
    Photo courtesy of Greg Gjerdingen / Flickr

  • Charlotte AutoFair

    Charlotte AutoFair

    Each year in April and September, the Charlotte Motor Speedway gets taken over by the Charlotte AutoFair (September 22-25, 2016). Collector vehicles are for sale (or for window shopping), as are restoration parts and supplies for almost any vehicle ever produced.
    Photo courtesy of steviep187 / Flickr

  • Amelia Concours d'Elegance

    Amelia Concours d'Elegance
    Fernandina Beach, Fla.

    Since 1996, Fernandina Beach has hosted the annual Amelia Concours d'Elegance (March 10-12, 2016) – a beauty pageant for rare and vintage cars featuring more than 300 vehicles from collections around the world. Proceeds from the charitable event go toward charities on Florida’s First Coast.
    Photo courtesy of

  • EyesOn Design

    EyesOn Design
    Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.

    Staged at the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate in Grosse Pointe Shores near Detroit, EyesOn Design (June 19, 2016) showcases 200 to 300 invitation-only vehicles curated based on an annual theme. Other special exhibits feature concept cars and production vehicles from the previous year's auto show circuit.
    Photo courtesy of Terry Bone / Flickr

  • Chicago Auto Show

    Chicago Auto Show

    The Chicago Auto Show (February 11-20, 2017) was first held in 1901 and is today the largest auto show in North America. Put on by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, the event features 1 million square feet of exhibits within McCormick Place, including world and North American introductions, competition vehicles, collector cars and concept cars. In total, more than 1,000 different vehicles are on display during this Windy City event.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago Auto Show

  • The Elegance At Hershey

    The Elegance At Hershey
    Hershey, Penn.

    The Elegance At Hershey (June 9-11, 2017) is a weekend celebration of exquisite automobiles from a bygone era. Events include a vintage hill climb to the Hotel Hershey, an auction and the signature garden party where the world's finest collector cars are on display.
    Photo courtesy of Patrick Cain / Flickr

  • Luftgekuhlt

    Vernon, Calif.

    Luftgekuhlt (April 10, 2016) celebrates all things air-cooled. While venues and details often change from event to event, they always include a curated display of historically significant or interesting vehicles – both race and street.
    Photo courtesy of mcipseric / Flickr

  • Concorso Italiano

    Concorso Italiano
    Monterey Bay, Calif.

    Pebble Beach is no stranger to elegance, and that's particularly true during the Concorso Italiano (August 20, 2016) – the world's largest Italian automotive event. Part of Monterey Bay Automobile Week, this one-day event features nearly 1,000 exotic cars on display at Black Horse Golf Course.
    Photo courtesy of Patricia Rose

  • Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors

    Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors
    Telluride, Colo.

    The beautiful fall foliage of the San Juan Mountains sets the stage for the annual Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors (September 29-October 2, 2016). Entering its second year, this new event carries on the Concours d’Elegance tradition with a display of the world's finest million-dollar automobiles.
    Photo courtesy of Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors / Facebook

  • Annual Street Rod Nationals

    Annual Street Rod Nationals

    During the Annual Street Rod Nationals (August 4-7, 2016) in Louisville, pre-1986 autos compete for top honors. These vehicles, eye candy for vintage auto enthusiasts, are often decked with innovative paint jobs, luxury interiors and state-of-the-art sound systems.
    Photo courtesy of National Street Rod Association

The top 10 winners in the category Best Car Show are as follows:

  1. Back To The 50's - St. Paul
  2. Charlotte AutoFair - Charlotte
  3. Amelia Concours d'Elegance - Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  4. EyesOn Design - Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.
  5. Chicago Auto Show - Chicago
  6. The Elegance At Hershey - Hershey, Penn.
  7. Luftgekuhlt - Vernon, Calif.
  8. Concorso Italiano - Monterey Bay, Calif.
  9. Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors - Telluride, Colo.
  10. Annual Street Rod Nationals - Louisville

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Eddie Alterman (Car and Driver magazine) and John Davis (MotorWeek) were chosen based on their extensive automotive industry knowledge.

Additional nominees for the title of Best Car Show included Concours D'Elegance of America, Hemmings Concours d'Elegance, Los Angeles Auto Show, Miami International Auto Show, New England International Auto Show, New York International Auto Show, North American International Auto Show, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, The Texas Hoedown and Woodward Dream Cruise.

Congratulations to all our winning events.


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