Revving Up for Car Show Season

April 7, 2016

We have all seen them before, the shiny row of cars lined up in a parking lot with people wandering around them, but what is going on?

As long as cars have been on the road, there have been people who can’t stop tinkering with, improving, and modifying them. Some are old, some are new, and some are very unique. All the cars lined up at the show are filled with pride, love, and most importantly, a story to tell for those willing to listen.

Some car shows will only have cars from the 1950’s or muscle cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s, but generally they will have a mix of just about everything. If you see someone sitting in folding chairs behind the cars, and one car specifically catches your eye, chances are that person is the owner and would love to tell you everything you would ever want to know about his/her pride and joy.

Car shows are great for the whole family. Once your kids have picked out their favorite car, they will then want to learn everything about it. Some car shows have food and drinks to keep the little ones happy. Other shows have vendors that will sell Hot Wheels and plastic cars to bring home as souvenirs of a day spent at the show. I have been to one show that has an old fire truck that gives rides to the kids. It would drive them up and down the rows of cars with the siren going and lights flashing.

Often, the car show plays host to a charity event and will raise money for and individual or specific charity or cause. For example, Rollin’ Dreams was formed after a young boy named Austin Williams passed away from muscle cell cancer after a three year battle against the disease. A beautiful blue 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle was built for him and he was able to enjoy it before he his life was cut short in 2013. That car still can be seen at many car shows every summer continuing to raise money for the charity and carry on the memory of Austin.

Check out the dates below to see if there are any shows coming up that are close to you. If you don’t see one in your area and/or at a time that you could go, click here to find more offerings throughout Colorado.

Colorado Springs
First Saturdays Car Show
First Saturdays May through October with a different club hosting each month
8a.m.– 10a.m.

Northsiders of Denver Berkley Bash 4
May 21
(Time TBD)

Denver Modernism Motorama Car Show
August 28
11a.m.– 4p.m.

Greenwood Village
2016 Summerfest at the Landmark
June 25
10a.m.– 2p.m.

Wheat Ridge
8th Annual Parish Festival Car Show
June 25
Starts at 5p.m.

Estes Park
The Coolest Car Show in Colorado
July 4
10a.m.– 4p.m.

Goodguys 19th Colorado Nationals
September 9– 11
Friday and Saturday: 8a.m.– 5p.m.
Sunday: 8a.m.– 3p.m.

Wild West Auto Fest
September 17
8a.m.– 4p.m.

This post was written by Steve Svenningsen, a paralegal at Colorado PERA. If you’d like to submit a guest post, please email us at