Every year, the great Southwest welcomes countless car enthusiasts, drawn by the wealth of the best of the best collector cars, trucks and motorcycles. From exhibits to parties, swap meets, cruises, and entertainment to deal making, visitors always find something that makes the price of entry (usually minimal) worth every penny.
If you’re headed southwest this year, consider planning your itinerary around a classic car show. Here are 5 Southwest car shows you must attend in 2016.
1. GoodGuys Southwest Nationals
The GoodGuys Southwest Nationals car show features more than 3,000 custom, classic and muscle cars, hot rods and trucks, no older than 1972. This event features the year’s top cars and trucks as well as the GoodGuys Gold award winners from the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s show. The 2016, 19th Southwest Nationals will be held November 18th through the 20th at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Click here for details.
2. Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction
Also held in Scottsdale, AZ, the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction, one of the most popular car shows in the southwest, draw’s hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts every year that come to bid on cars that a collector’s dreams are made of. This year’s event will be held January 23rd through the 31st, at Westworld of Scottsdale.
3. Annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance
The Arizona Concours d’Elegance delivers a genuine classic car show experience. The 4th annual Arizona Concours dí Elegance will be held at the historic Arizona Biltmore, on the resorts massive lawns, January 24th. More information as well as ticket information is here.
4. Annual Santa Cruz Valley County Car Nuts Collector Car Show
The Santa Cruz County Car Nuts annual collector car show is a must if you’re looking for a more peaceful environment. This awesome show is set up on acres of tranquil, luxurious landscapes at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. In its 22nd year, this show features roughly 500 hot rods, classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles from the 1940s on up. It’s scheduled to be held January 29th and 30th in 2016, in Tubac, Arizona.
5. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
If you’re looking for something different, with awesome beach front views, it’s highly recommended that all motorcycle and classic car collectors consider heading over to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance collector car event, Pebble Beach, CA. This event is one of the most competitive in the collector automotive world, featuring roughly 200 of the most elegantly designed historically accurate vehicles in the world. You’ll also get a chance to see more of the latest luxury cars on the market. Reserve August 21st, 2016 on your calendar for this event.
There is a lot to choose from when it comes to Southwest car shows, but these should be on your bucket list for 2016. One thing to keep in mind is that these are some the of the regions most popular collector car shows so you’ll want to plan ahead, including booking hotel reservations if applicable.