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Car Show Formats

October 22, 2009

Car Show Formats

There are many different types of car shows, featuring many types of collections, which you can attend generally throughout the warmer months of the year:

Marquee or Make shows are generally hosted by car clubs for the sake of an opportunity to share the love of their particular interest – whether they are Buick, Chevrolet, Porsche, Lamborghini or Ferrari. The clubs will gather to see and be seen, have their cars judged and share their stories with each other and spectators. Many of the shows hosted by clubs are for the particular make of the car clubs interest.

Common Interest shows are hosted by common interest clubs such as Imports, German/Deutsch, Italian, Antique, Street Rods and Trucks. These shows will feature cars of the clubs particular interest – while mixing makes (German shows will feature Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Audi to name a few German makes).

Open: Many shows are ‘open’ which allows anyone to show – mixing the ages and makes of cars. These shows are great at bringing everyone with an interest in cars to the show field. Often you will see an exotic sitting next to an original antique with a hot rod on the other side.

Benefit shows raise funds for organizations such as The Children’s Guild, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center or The American Cancer Society. These shows are hosted by car clubs or committees with the specific goal of hosting the car show to benefit the organization. While admission to the show may be free to spectators – the hosts and organization would greatly appreciate donations from the spectators. You can usually find a collection can at the registration table, information table or you may have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to benefit the organization.

Cruise Nights/Cruise Ins are a popular alternative to formal car shows.  There are many areas throughout the nation which host Cruise Nights or Cruise Ins where the owners assemble just for the sake of socializing and sharing their interest in cars. Around Baltimore, MD most Friday evenings you will find a large gathering of auto enthusiasts behind the Lowe’s in Abingdon. One of the largest Cruise Nights in the Mid-Atlantic is the Saturday night Cruise Night at Marley Station Mall hosted by ‘Lost in the 50’s’ Car Club. A fun gathering of cars on Sunday mornings can be found in Burtonsville, MD in the Park and Ride lot, a gathering affectionately known as ‘The Holey Donut’.

Finding a Car Show:

For information on local car shows Google “[Your State] Car Shows”, visit on-line automotive  forums or web pages for the clubs featuring the cars of your interest, or visit some of these sites:


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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 20, 2010 8:33 am

    Here “Tuning shows” are very popular and of course old American power cars. Power speaks!!!

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