It's Cruise, Concours, Race & All-round Car Time Again!

Yessir it's that time of the year again. The days are getting longer and warmer, and the cars are coming out of their cocoons even out here on the Left Coast. The winter indoor car show season is over.

Back east (anywhere east of the Rockies) race tracks are clearing the last remnants of snow and race cars are being prepped. Hot rods, customs, exotics, and collector cars are being detailed for their yearly exercise.

Out here in my area the first big show, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines (, is just around the corner. April 28th is the date to mark on your calendar. 2019 is the Dream Machines' 29th year. I've been going since 1991. Sometimes it is a little cool on the coast so take a jacket. There are many, many local shows out here but none match the variety of cars, planes, and old equipment of the Half Moon Bay Airport show.

Here in NorCal we are blessed with two great road race courses - WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ( and Sonoma Raceway ( There are a couple of dragstrips (Sacramento Raceway Park, Sacramento, and Auto Club Famosa Raceway, Bakersfield), and many oval tracks. Check your local area for tracks big and small. I put 'race tracks near me' into Google search and came up with about a dozen tracks within an easy drive from my home. A guy I work with drives the pace truck at Madera Speedway (, Madera, CA. I just might get out there this summer; it's only a hundred miles from my house.

The grand-daddy of car events closes out the summer down in Monterey County. What started as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance ( way back in 1950, is now a two week long extravaganza of car shows, auctions, and historic car racing. I'll have a detailed list of events up soon.

So it's time to get out your calendar and map to decide which events you're going to see. And don't fret if you're on a budget because there are plenty of free events all summer. Most events are family oriented (some are in conjunction with local fairs). Enjoy the season. I know I will.


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