If you live in Colorado, you’re probably aware of how big the classic car scene is here! Colorado is home to the Gateway Auto Museum on the western slope and the Forney Transportation museum in Denver. We’ve looked into some of the best car shows of 2018 according to reports from 2017. Whether you’re a huge hot rod buff or you’re just looking for something to do with the family on the weekend, these car shows are sure to bring a family-friendly and roaring good time. Below is a list of the top 5 car shows you better not miss in 2018!
Castle Rock Cruise In
Castle Rock, CO
June 16 to June 17, 2018
Every summer, on the Saturday before Fathers Day, the Classic Rock Cruise In transforms historic downtown Castle Rock into a showplace for all kinds of cool cars, hot rods and trucks. The main streets are closed for the day so that over 300 entries can be displayed by their proud owners and admired by thousands of spectators. The Cruise In has something for everyone – cars, shops, live music, restaurants and food trucks, beer and wine, attractions for the kids, and specialty vendor booths. They have an entry class for everyone. Class winners are determined by a panel of experienced judges. This year there are 51 trophies in 22 classes, including a Mayor’s Choice, Hottest Car (picked by the Fire Chief) and Most Likely to Get Pulled Over (picked by the Police Chief). It’s a fun, friendly show in a beautiful small town setting.
Last year the show sold out so pre-register your car to secure your spot. Pre-registration is $25 and the day of show cost is $30 (if available). As always, the show is free for anyone that doesn’t want to bring a car and wants to just come hang out and see some great rides.
The show is organized and produced by a partnership of the Vintage Car Club and the Castle Rock Downtown Merchants Association, and in 2013 was awarded the Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence as the Best Promotional Event in Colorado. Every year, the VCC donates a portion of the proceeds from the show to support local charities.
Denver Auto Show
April 4 to April 8, 2018
Located at the Colorado Convention Center, the Denver Auto Show is the premier showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles — cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks, sport utilities – cars to suit every budget and life style. You’ll not only see all the newest models, you’ll also be treated to sneak peeks of selected intros, concepts, and the latest in tricked out cars! It’s the perfect place to see the latest examples of fuel efficient technologies and aftermarket accessories. Factory and dealer representatives are on hand to answer your questions in a no pressure environment, and with your favorite car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money. The Denver Auto Show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family!
Old Town Car Show
Fort Collins, CO
June 2nd, 2018
Hundreds of great hot rods, vintage cars and classic trucks will be on display in Downtown Fort Collins. This event is free for spectators and open to all ages. Come Downtown and enjoy the atmosphere of historic Old Town while viewing hundreds of cars. Custom cars, street rods, fat fender street rods, muscle cars, classic motorcycles, classic cars and classic trucks will line the Downtown streets. Plenty of vendors and beer will accompany the car show and you’re sure to have a great time in Old Town Fort Collins.
Goodguys 21st Colorado Nationals
September 7 to September 9, 2018
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association promotes and produces some of the world’s most dynamic automotive events. They’re car people just like you. Founded by lifelong hot rodder Gary Meadors in 1983, Goodguys is the world’s largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide. Goodguys events feature thousands of hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and regal classics sprawled throughout venues such as lush fairgrounds, super speedways and large outdoor stadiums. The cars, the vendor exhibits, the adrenaline-pumping Goodguys AutoCross, the live entertainment and colorful people create a festive atmosphere. Goodguys offers over 20 events annually across the country from the coast to coast. Their events range from two-day affairs attended by 30,000 to 40,000 people to three day extravaganza’s attracting over 100,000 auto enthusiasts.
They pride themselves in producing affordable, high quality family-oriented entertainment and having fun with automobiles. All Goodguys events welcome rods, customs, classics, trucks, street machines and muscle cars through 1972 vintage while the “Get-Togethers” and “Super Sunday” programs welcome all, years, makes & models of American made and American powered cars and trucks.
Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors
September 27 to September 30, 2018
The 4th Annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors, September 27-30, 2018 is a world-class celebration for automobile aficionados and lifestyle enthusiasts set in the beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. Nestled in the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, its placed against the backdrop of Tellurides spectacular palette of Septembers autumnal colors. Focusing on high-end restorations, vintage and exotic vehicles, the festival will occupy three distinct venues over the course of the four days: the downtown Telluride Historic District, Mountain Village and the Telluride Regional Airport.
Car Club Resources
If you’re looking to get involved in a classic car club, or just looking for a place where you can get more info on car shows going on around Colorado, these are two great resources. The Rocky Mountain Car Club and the Castle Rock Vintage Car Club are two fun-loving reputable car clubs in Colorado and always know how to have a good time. Check out both of these organization’s webpages and learn more!
Rocky Mountain Car Club
Castle Rock Vintage Car Club