Best Car Show: Back to the 50's


This is the third win for St. Paul event

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, and we asked our readers to name the best.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 LA Auto Show

  • Legends of the Autobahn
    Monterey, Calif.

    This Monterey event is an all-German marque Concours d’Elegance, hosted by the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and the Audi Club of North America at The Club at Pasadera during Monterey’s famed car week. The event draws some 3,000 spectators and 400 registered cars, including rare models and factory-prepared specials.
    Photo courtesy of Chris Hennecy / Legends Of The Autobahn

  • Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
    Greenwich, Conn.

    The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance comprises two events back to back, the Concours Americana for American cars and motorcycles and the Concours International for imported marques. Each year features a new class, displayed along the waterfront in Greenwich over the weekend. Visitors can also attend a collector car auction or take a gander at the luxurious yachts on display at the nearby docks.
    Photo courtesy of Bryan McCarthy of Bearded Mug Media

  • Iola Old 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 Old Car Show

  • The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
    Fernandina Beach, Fla.

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

  • The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
    Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif.

    Set on a golf course beneath the Santa Lucia Mountains on the Monterey Peninsula, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering brings together vintage sporting automobiles and motorcycles in a garden party setting. Classes include Post-War Sports, Post-War Racing, Supercars, Custom Coachwork, Sports and Racing Motorcycles and the Great Ferraris.
    Photo courtesy of Adam Swords

  • RADwood
    Multiple Locations

    Radwood 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 Lane Skelton / RADwood

  • Capitola Rod & 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 @terrywayphoto / Capitola Rod & Classic Car Show

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

  1. Back to the 50's - St. Paul
  2. Cruisin' The Coast - Mississippi Gulf Coast
  3. LA Auto Show - Los Angeles
  4. Legends of the Autobahn - Monterey, Calif.
  5. Greenwich Concours d'Elegance - Greenwich, Conn.
  6. Iola Old Car Show - Iola, Wis.
  7. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance - Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  8. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering - Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif.
  9. RADwood - Multiple Locations
  10. Capitola Rod & Classic Car Show - Capitola, Calif.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning car shows!

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