What I love about classic cars is the whole nostalgic feeling that they bring to admirers. It is a rare treat to see them outside of a car show. They are appreciated by multiple generations and I feel that they are the “ancestors” of today’s hotrods. So many people are fans of the Camaro, Corvette and the Mustang, as well as other equally eye-catching cars that continue to be made. The love of cool cars is still visible today as their new models and those of other flashy, powerful rides are designed and put on display.
So, when word goes around of an upcoming car show, it’s usually put on my calendar of local things to do. The most recent one was held near the end of August and featured a variety of cars from multiple decades.
I first heard about the car show from a friend that lives nearby and who was planning to check out the cars on display. The car show was held in a shopping center parking lot and just outside of a local diner with a 1950s theme. The Beach Boys and music by other classic bands could be heard throughout the parking lot, emphasizing the nostalgic event.
My classic car show favorite has always been the ’57 Chevy Bel Air, convertible or not. What would a classic car show be without them?
My favorite car with current versions is the Camaro, also represented at the car show as a 2010 “Bumblebee” painted one entered the lot. As the owner drove through the lot, people turned to admire the bright yellow Camaro featuring two racing stripes as it cruised by slowly.
Memories Grill was the place to get lunch that day, continuing with the nostalgia of a classic cars and classic music. The diner features 3-D wall decor of various classic cars, including a pink cadillac driven by Marilyn Monroe.
While finishing some lunch at the diner, a guy sitting at the booth behind me suddenly said, “Elvis has entered the building.” Everyone seemed to light up with smiles when they saw the elderly man dressed in a likeness of Elvis’ white jumpsuit. Of course, a few moments later, he left the building just as my booth was being cleared.
I caught up with the Elvis impersonator again outside and he posed for a photo, then said, “Thank you, thank you very much.”
I’m looking forward to the next car show held in the area or further away for an interesting road trip. I know that a 1950s weekend is held at the Jersey Shore, but I’ll have to wait until it is scheduled for next year. No matter where they are, car shows are always a fun summertime excursion to go on.