Summer wouldn't be summer without a pilgrimage to an auto show. Thousands of glittering marvels await Seattle-area car enthusiasts in the months ahead.
If you're obsessed with a particular type of vehicle, there's probably a show that will send you spinning. Multiple shows take place on most weekends, so be sure to check the calendar page of NWautos.com and the websites of your favorite auto clubs for the latest information. Here's a look at some of the season's best.
Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In
Sundays through September, starting April 13
Issaquah's 1950s-themed drive-in burger joint is a hub for car shows in our region. The parking areas adjacent to the restaurant will see new collections every Sunday this summer, along with cruise-ins most Saturdays.
Classic autos are on tap most weekends, but a few other interesting selections include Pre-1970 Vintage Travel Trailers (May 4), a Plug-In Electric Car Show (May 11 and Sept. 21), the All Convertibles Cruise-In (June 8) and a custom truck and car show (Sept. 14).
Fenders on Front Street
This ninth annual Father's Day tradition brings vintage cars, live music and family activities to Front Street in downtown Issaquah. When the show ends at 3 p.m., the cars cruise through Issaquah to gather at Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In.
Greenwood Car Show
If you attend only one show this year, make it the state's biggest single-day auto event. The granddaddy of local car shows is a mile and a half of auto mania, consuming Greenwood Avenue North in Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods.
Organized by the Greenwood Knights Car Club and run by volunteers, the show features hundreds of restored vehicles (mostly classics) of all shapes, sizes, makes and models.
Anyone can enter a car. On a nice day, upwards of 100,000 people attend the show, a Seafair-sanctioned event.
Dream Builders Car Show
Events page at Big Brothers Big Sisters
It's the first year for this event, with proceeds benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County. The show, at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, will feature live music, 1/8-mile drag races, burnout contests and 30 trophy classes — including modified and stock classes, as well as rat rods, muscle cars and 4x4s.
The MEET Vintage Motorcycle Festival
More than 450 vintage bikes are expected at the third annual event at LeMay — America's Car Museum in Tacoma. The festival features a swap meet, bike corral and seminars presented by Motorcycle Classics magazine. A motorcycle ride follows on Aug. 24.
LeMay Car Show
Events page at LeMay Marymount
Not to be confused with America's Car Museum, the LeMay Marymount campus in Tacoma will host more than 500 vehicles from Harold LeMay's private collection, along with hundreds more at the LeMay home grounds nearby.
If you want to buy a classic, more than 100 vintage vehicles will be auctioned, and parts can be found at a swap meet.
Pacific Northwest Concours d'Elegance
Events page at LeMay
Formerly known as the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance, this show will feature some of the rarest cars in the world. These vehicles are owned by private collectors quietly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore vintage classics using teams of specialists.
The annual event, held at the LeMay museum, is among the top competitions in the nation for a reason: selectivity. The show will display more than 100 vehicles selected for their character and pristine condition. These are the cars rarely seen in person — because they rarely see the light of day.