Classics of all stripes show what they're made of in the warm months.
In the warmer months, it’s a rare Northwest community that doesn’t host at least one car show.
Proving that America’s love affair with the automobile is alive and well, communities open their parks and streets to owners of vintage, antique, classic, custom, hot rod, exotic, sports, racing, electric, four-wheel-drive and other vehicles, offering them a chance to parade and polish that pampered toy. Often local charities benefit from fees and donations.
“I believe the Northwest is THE hotbed of car culture in the entire country, rivaled only by southern California,” says Reid Trummel, who sends out his own list of car events by request to those who provide him with an email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another resource, the NW Car Event Calendar, often called the “Little Yellow Book,” lists nearly 500 events throughout the Northwest in 2017. Visit nwcareventscalendar.com for a complete list of the year’s events or to order the calendar by mail.
At Issaquah’s Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, where more than 35 shows are scheduled throughout the year, the variety of vehicles changes each month.
“One of the things I find very encouraging is that more and more young people are showing a lot of interest and appreciation in the cars, which are pieces of art,” owner Jose Enciso says.
With its vintage memorabilia and outrageously huge hamburgers as added attractions, the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In has become what Enciso calls “everybody’s second garage.”
“A lot of clubs just show up without notice,” he says. “It’s a destination.”
Visit triplexrootbeer.com for a complete roster of 2017 events.
Griot’s Garage, the Tacoma-based manufacturer of high-end car-care products, also opens its parking lot, store, showroom and garage to car buffs, with dozens of shows, meets, tech sessions and car care seminars throughout the year. “Caffeine & Gasoline” events are offered Saturday mornings. Visit griotsgarage.com and scroll down to “events.”
Also located in Tacoma are LeMay — America’s Car Museum, and LeMay Family Collection Foundation, separate museums that grew from the collection of Harold LeMay.
A new exhibit, “Exotics@ACM: Seductive Super Cars,” opens May 5 at LeMay — ACM.
Here’s a selective list of the year’s car shows in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, from Everett to Tacoma. All events are subject to change. Check all dates before you go.
11: Mustang Car Show, Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
12: VW Family Cruise Show, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
19: Custom 4×4 Rigs, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
1: Exotics at Redmond Town Center, Redmond
2: All Jeep Show, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
8: Camaro Car Show, Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
16: All Italian Show, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
18-19: 37th Annual Puyallup Almost Spring Swap Meet, Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
22: Tri-Five Chevy and 1961-65 Impala show, Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
23: All Porsche Show, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
29-30: SOVREN Spring Sprints Vintage Car Racers, Pacific Raceways, Kent
7: Classy Chassis Car Club Cruise In, 3 p.m., Randy’s Restaurant, Tukwila (repeats every sunny Saturday)
7: Spring Electric Vehicles Show, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
14: Sunset Hiway Cruisers Spring Opener, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
20-21: 44th Annual Seattle Auto Swap Meet, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe
21: French and British Vehicles, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
28: BMWs & Burgers, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, Issaquah
4: All MOPAR Spring Roundup, Mariner High School, Everett
4: All Convertible Cruise-In, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
4: Early Ford V-8 Club Car Show and Picnic, Bellevue College, Bellevue
16: All Camaro Show, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
18: Fenders on Front Street, downtown Issaquah (including Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In)
18: Burien Father’s Day Car Show, Southwest 152nd Street, downtown Burien
18: LeMay Father’s Day Cruise-In and BBQ, Marymount Event Center, Tacoma (Spanaway)
24: Greenwood Car Show, Greenwood district, Seattle
24: Audi Expo (beginning at 4 p.m.), Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
25: All Cadillac and LaSalle Car Show, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
30-July 2: Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Car Races, Pacific Raceways, Kent
1: National Street Rod Association Appreciation Day, Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
2: Northwest Hot Rod Hall of Fame Show, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
4: Fourth of July Car show, Les Gove Park, Auburn
9: Mercer Island Classic Car Show, Mercer Island City Center
9: West Seattle Summer Fest Car Show, Courtesy Tire, West Seattle
9: South Sound 442 Club, Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
13-16: Mustang Roundup and All Ford Picnic, Bellevue College, Bellevue (and other locations). Info: mustangsnorthwest.com 15: 32nd Annual Oldsmobile Car Show and Picnic, Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds
15: All Pontiac and GMC Car and Truck Show, Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
16: Corvair, Orphaned and Discontinued Car Show, Griot’s Garage, Tacoma
29: Tour de Terrace, Recreation Pavilion North Field, Mountlake Terrace
6: Cascade Cougar Club, Griot’s Garage
13: NW GTO Legends, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
19: Yesterdays’ Chevelle and El Camino Club, Griot’s Garage
20: (Honda) Accord Collective, Griot’s
26: 40th annual LeMay Car Show, Marymount Event Center, Tacoma
27: Corvette Marque Club, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
27: Golden Era Reunion Picnic and Car Show, Washington Soldiers Home, Orting
3: Oldsmobile Club of America (Buicks and Pontiacs welcome), Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
9: Northwest American Muscle, Griot’s Garage
10: Edmonds Classic Car Show, downtown Edmonds
16: BMW M-Car Day, Griot’s Garage
23: Ford Fairlane Mini Meet / Tech Session, Griot’s Garage
23-24: SOVREN Vintage Car Races Fall Finale, Pacific Raceways, Kent
24: Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display, Snohomish
24: VW Fall Fling, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah
7-8: Monroe Swap Meet, Evergreen State Fairgounds, Monroe
4-5: Bremerton Auto Swap Meet, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Bremerton
3: 16th Jingle Bell Cruz / Toys 4 Tots, Triple XXX Drive-In, Issaquah