Hot rod cars have a rich tradition in the United States. And every year there are thousands of car shows across America to celebrate this love of speed, power and beauty. These events attract quite an audience and are sure to make everyone feel welcome.  From your standard everyday driver to the technicians who create these works of art to the amateur and professional racers, all who attend will definitely enjoy their time at a hot rod car show in the United States. The events themselves are more than just a standard car show. At some events, there are drag races with grandstands for all to enjoy. Audience members are able to experience the thrill of the action while watching these hot rods race their quarter mile.  Food of all varieties is always available, and you will usually find a beer and wine garden as well.

Vendor Goods

Vendors love to showcase their variety of goods at these events and many are available for purchase as well. From a sticker or t-shirt, to detailing products for your own car, you are sure to find something special to remember your experience. Speed shops often are on hand not only as sponsors for race teams but to also showcase their specialized skill set. Such as bolt-on performance parts, custom upholstery, powder coated wheels and trim, unique paint mixes and paint jobs as well as engine modification and tuning. No matter where you live in the USA, you are bound to find a Hot Rod Car show near you. Here is an overview of some of the most popular car shows around the country.

The Shows

The Grand National Roadster Show is one of the longest running car shows and is housed indoors. Originally known as the Oakland Roadster Show, the first show took place in 1949. The name eventually changed but 2019 will mark its 70th anniversary. You will be sure to find hot rods and enthusiasts of all kinds at this yearly event. Portland, Oregon is home to the aptly named Portland Roadster Show. 2018 marks its 60th year anniversary and the event will be hosted at the Portland Expo Center.  Several celebrities are expected at this event such as custom car designer, Chip Foose as well as pinstripe artist Don Fite, Jr.

The Hot Rod and Custom Car Show in Ocean Shores, Maryland will take place at multiple venues throughout the city. Make sure to watch the Tire Change to see who will come out the champion. The Street Machine Nationals take place in St. Paul, Minnesota at the fairgrounds and invites fans young and old for the Burnout Contests. The smell of the tire smoke is reason enough to check this event out. The Goodguys 9th Spring Nationals Giant Car Show takes place in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. This is a great show to attend if you’re looking to purchase a hot rod as well.  So, get out there and enjoy the sounds, smells and sights of a hot rod show near you.