Best Car Show (2018)


Some auto shows look to the past in celebration of classic cars, while others set their sights on the future with cutting edge technology and the latest reveals. Hundreds of these events take place across the nation each year.

  • Cruisin' The Coast

    Cruisin' The Coast
    Mississippi Gulf Coast

    Cruisn' The Coast is considered “America’s largest block party.” Imagine more than 7,000 vehicles – hot rods, classics, antique vehicles – in a massive car show along the beachside highway on the Mississippi Coast. Car lovers love this annual event, which has taken over the Mississippi Gulf Coast every year since its inception in 1996. Cruise between the different venues, each a festival in and of itself, and catch live music, food, merchandise, a car auction, swap meet, parade and plenty of car talk.
    Photo courtesy of Cruisin' The Coast

  • 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 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 John Markovich

  • Van Nationals

    Van Nationals
    Rensselaer, Ind.

    For van enthusiasts, it doesn't get much better than the Van Nationals, now in its 46th year, where more than 600 vans gather for a 5-day celebration of van life. 
    Photo courtesy of Van Nationals

  • Iola Car Show

    Iola Car Show
    Iola, Wis.

    Car enthusiasts attending the annual Iola Car Show in Wisconsin are treated to 300 acres of showcase space filled with more than 2,200 show cars and one of the region's biggest swap meets. The Car Corral features an additional 1,000 cars for sale – everything from show cars to fixer-uppers.
    Photo courtesy of Iola Car Show

  • EyesOn Design

    EyesOn Design
    Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.

    Staged at the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate in Grosse Pointe Shores near Detroit, EyesOn Design 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 EyesOn Design

  • Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

    Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
    Fernandina Beach, Fla.

    Since 1996, Fernandina Beach has hosted the annual Amelia Concours d'Elegance – 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

  • Grand National Roadster Show

    Grand National Roadster Show
    Pomona, Calif.

    The Grand National Roadster Show will celebrate its 70th year in 2019, making it the longest running indoor car show on the planet. Event goers can see over 500 show vehicles competing for awards, as well as an additional 400 to 800 cars during the Grand Daddy Drive-In event.
    Photo courtesy of james dolan / Flickr

  • Radwood at HooptieCon

    Radwood at HooptieCon
    Sonoma, Calif.

    Radwood, part of the HooptieCon event in Sonoma, showcases cars from the 80s and 90s with visitors donning their best period dress. This fun and colorful event doesn't take itself too seriously and offers an excellent opportunity to see nostalgic vehicles like the Lamborghini Jalpa or Delorean.
    Photo courtesy of _salguod / Flickr

  • Capitola Classic Car Show

    Capitola Classic Car Show
    Capitola, Calif.

    The Capitola Classic Car Show, one of the most popular custom car shows in California, kicks off with a cruise along the coastline from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Capitola. Other weekend events include raffles, an award show and live music.
    Photo courtesy of Capitola Classic Car Show / Facebook

  • LA Auto Show

    LA Auto Show
    Los Angeles

    When the Los Angeles Auto Show takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center, attendees are treated to 760,000 square feet of exhibit space filled with international and national debuts, concept cars and a showcase of mobility tech, including hoverboards, rocket skates, e-bikes, mobility apps and wearables.
    Photo courtesy of Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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

  1. Cruisin' The Coast - Mississippi Gulf Coast
  2. Back to the 50's - St. Paul
  3. Van Nationals - Rensselaer, Ind.
  4. Iola Car Show - Iola, Wis.
  5. EyesOn Design - Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.
  6. Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance - Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  7. Grand National Roadster Show - Pomona, Calif.
  8. Radwood at HooptieCon - Sonoma, Calif.
  9. Capitola Classic Car Show - Capitola, Calif.
  10. LA Auto Show - Los Angeles

Congratulations to all these winning events!

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