Car show season is here Summer is the time to express your love of all things automotive

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Summer is the prime season for hotrod builders, car customizers, grease monkeys, ratrod maniacs, classic collectors and all stripes of appreciators and enthusiasts of those four-wheeled, fire-breathing beasts that we love – whether rusty, fanged, dandified or kept in out-of-the-box, mint condition. Summer is the time to get those beauties out of the garage, gussie them up, add a bit of spit and polish and sashay them out to a strip or lot where they can be shown off to the general public.
The greater Tacoma area has plenty of opportunities to let your classic car or wild creation see and be seen. And for those of us who may not own one, but still enjoy seeing them, these shows are always as delightful as any excursion in which interesting and inspirational objects – things with a story to tell – are on display.

Schedule of car shows of greater Tacoma area:

June 30 – July 1
Wings and Wheels
Tacoma Narrows Airport, 1110 26th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor
Aerial demonstrations, classic car show, motorcycles, beer garden, live music, great food, kids’ activities, and static displays make this Gig Harbor two-day event a fun time for the whole family. Info: freedomfair.com/wings-and-wheels

June 30
Cruzin’ Together Car Show
Griot’s Garage, 3333 S. 38th St. Tacoma
30 inch trophies in 25 “Best Of” categories. Dash plaques and goodie bags to the first 100 cars. Roll-in 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Info: montecarloproductionz.com

July 7, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lay’d Out in the Northwest 2018
Garage Plus Storage, 21607 Mountain Hwy. E., Spanaway
All vehicles welcome. $20 entry into the show. The first 15 people who pre-register will receive a meal ticket to include hot dog, soda and chips. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Info: facebook.com/events/231702670735364

July 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Homiez4Christ Annual Car Show
Larchmont Brethren Youth, 324 E. 84th St., Tacoma
On your mark, get set and go mark your calendars with Crayola as Saturday, July 7, Homiez4Christ Annual Car Show 2018 is going to be bigger with amazing, beautiful custom cars going back all the way to 1920’s till today. Featuring the Bomb Girls and music by Dj Old Skool and Pete Colon of Dj OSP. There will be entertainment, food, refreshments, raffles, prizes and more as this is not only a car show but one big block party for the whole family. Info: facebook.com/events/282422388966192

July 14, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
All Pontiac and GMC Show
Griot’s Garage, 3333 S. 38th St., Tacoma
Welcome to the Puget Sound Chapter Pontiac Oakland Club International’s 23rd annual All Pontiac and GMC Show. $20 day of show. Pre-registration by July 1 $15 send to Grant Morris, 1821 NW 95th St., Seattle, WA 98117. Info: pugetsoundpoci.com

July 21
Bombs Away Car Show
Griot’s Garage, 3333 S. 38th St., Tacoma
Featuring the Mizz Bombshell Competition. The new and the old family fun car show. Free to spectators. Info: montecarloproductionz.com

July 21, 2-10 p.m.
CARnival
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St, Tacoma
What happens when you combine a car show, drive-in movie, family friendly games and fun? CARnival at LeMay – America’s Car Museum. This all day interactive event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your car or truck and play too! There will be slot car racing, bouncy houses, face painting with Juju’s Designs Face Painting and more. Grab dinner at one of the food trucks and watch in your car, blanket or chair, either option will give you a great view of the 40-foot outdoor screen featuring Disney Pixar, “Cars 3.” Info: facebook.com/events/520588161675277

July 27-29
Goodguys 31st Pacific NW Nationals presented by Griot’s Garage
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup
The Goodguys summer swing continues with a stop at the 31st Pacific Northwest Nationals presented by Griot’s Garage Giant Car Show at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Starting July 27, more than 2,500 of the Northwest’s finest hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics through 1987 will pack the Washington State Fair Events Center for the whole family to explore and enjoy. On Friday night, head out to Pacific Raceways in Kent for the Friday Night Vintage Drags featuring nitro funny cars and more. Plus, check out the Pinstriper’s Brush Bash, vendor exhibits, indoor car show, a huge swap meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral, Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition presented by Fuelcurve.com, live music, night time cruising, a model car show, special parking areas on Saturday, free kids zone and so much more. And, late model American made or powered muscle cars, customs and trucks are welcome on July 29 for the Spectre Performance All American Sunday. Info: good-guys.com

July 29 at 1-6 p.m.
FitMint 2018
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St, Tacoma
FitMint started in 2017 and is an automotive show that was to compete and thrive off the Tacoma/Seattle community that is strong with fitment and exterior styling. Starting in 2018, the scope of FitMint has broaden to really capture the idea of a show car, not just air suspension and $5,000 wheels. FitMint is about the detail and design of the cars, trucks, SUVs, and even bikes, to emphasize the time and effort put into the craft of a build. Whether it’s the one-off manufacturer gem like a Porsche 911 GT3-RS, or a 17-year-old Mitsubishi Evolution project that has never seen rain and has the clear visual care and passion put into its creation. You will find that prized work of art here at only the most luxurious locations and scenic areas. This is the vacation of car shows. This is FitMint. Info: facebook.com/events/229859244189126

Aug. 4, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cruise the Narrows Car Show
Uptown Gig Harbor, 4701 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor
The 21st annual Cruise the Narrows Car, Truck and Bike Show. Family-friendly community event with all years, makes and models welcome at show. Hosted by the Gig Harbor Cruisers Automotive Club. Info: gigharborcruisers.com

Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m.
Havana Nights: Cars & Cigars
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St, Tacoma
What happens when you combine the masters of flame, smoke and single malt together on a hot summer night? The answer is Havana Nights, a celebration of cars, cigars and barrel-aged beverages. This year will feature a pig-roast and flame-fueled Cuban cooking styles from Tacoma’s most celebrated chefs. Enjoy Montecristo cigars, Balvenie U.S. whisky and Caribbean rum. Experience Hedges Family Estate wines, rum by Heritage Distilling Company, Inc. and live music by Sarasin. This is an adults only event. You must be 21 or older and have valid ID for admission. Info: americascarmuseum.org

Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hotrod4Hearts Keep on Rollin Car Show
Griot’s Garage, 3333 S 38th St., Tacoma
A car show for The American Heart Association. Info: hotrods4hearts.com

Aug. 11, noon to 3 p.m.
Sunrise Village Free Car Show
Sunrise Village, 10507 156th St. E., South Hill
Bring your car and/or your family to the 4th annual Free Car Show. Cars start arriving at 10 a.m. Live music and judging will begin at noon. Come to the stage for the prize announcements starting at 2:45 p.m. Donations will go directly to: https://theunquietprofessional.org/ Bring cash for the 50/50 raffle. Registration and more details at mysunrisevillage.com Info: facebook.com/events/196509157778903/

Aug. 11, 3-8 p.m.
SpringBack 24
Parking Lot, 117 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma
Join the PNW car scene. This will be Monkey Tree’s 24th free car meet at this location and the plan is to meet here the first weekend of each month. Food trucks, a coffee truck, music, tons of covered parking and no drama from local police as they are okay with us meeting here. Join the epic revolution that is #SpringBack.Info: facebook.com/events/328474311014213

Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lowrider style CC sixth annual Car Show
O’Reilly Auto Parts lot, 10901 Pacific Hwy. SW, Lakewood
Lowrider Style Tacoma Chapter is having its annual car show at the same location as last year. There will be free food again this year. So far has been an on-going tradition. Since its also the birthday party for the president of the Tacoma chapter, there will be three grills going with lots of food, music and trophies. The day will include a hop with a cash prize of course! Even if no one signs up, club members will still hop the club car at least. There will be more categories and classes for awards. There will also be a prize raffle and a 50/50 raffle again. Info: facebook.com/events/159394984880574

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
RockaBetty
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St, Tacoma
This is an ode to our favorite Betties, the ladies that love cars, planes and rock n’ roll. This Americana car and motorcycle show is reminiscent of mid-century street parties. Bring that hot rod or hip ride as we show Tacoma the biggest bobbin’ bash of the summer. There will be a costume contest, sock hop hosted by Cars Yeah Mike Greene and Johnny 7 and the Black Crabs, pinup hair stylist along with local food vendors and beer garden. LeMay will be partnering with the Museum of Flight and other local vendors to make this a jivin’ good time. Info: americascarmuseum.org

Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mild to Wild: South Tacoma Car Show 2018
South Tacoma Business District, South Tacoma Way from 50th to 58th Streets
The South Tacoma Business District Association is one of 12 formally recognized neighborhood commercial centers in the City of Tacoma and has been in existence for years. Its primary purpose is to promote and revitalize the district. The Classic Car Show & Festival is planned with the full cooperation of the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Police Department, Pierce Transit and the Tacoma Public Works Department. The traditional “classic” car show from which the event originated was designed to acknowledge South Tacoma’s automobile heritage. More than 200 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from throughout the Pacific Northwest are expected to attend. In addition to the car show you can expect a wide variety of vendors, food trucks, and live music. Info: facebook.com/events/171179766915363/

Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Demonos Car Show at Mountain View
Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood
Rev up your engines: Hot rods, classics, street rods, special interest cars. Trophies for 17 different categories. Dash plaques for first 100 cars. Door prizes, 50-50 raffle draw, family friendly activities, children’s face painting, hot dogs and refreshments available. All makes and models welcome. Day of event registration: $15 or equivalent non-perishable food items. Info: oldride.com/events/3487327.html

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