Halfway between LA and San Francisco, sits the tiny town of Pismo Beach. June 20th through the 22nd, the town of 8,000 people was invaded by roughly 175,000 car nuts. The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show kicked off its 29th year by reminding everyone why it’s the premier car show in California.
Thursday night, before the show officially started, organizers held a gala night kickoff event. Food and drinks from local restaurants provided a great atmosphere for the fund raising event. Proceeds from ticket sales went to The Folds of Honor Foundation, helping military families of fallen troops. Proceeds and donations also went to the local veteran’s hospital, The Pismo Beach K9 Unit, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Ronald McDonald house, and many others.
The show began Friday, with nearly 1,000 cars lining the streets and boardwalk. Balmy weather invited thousands of spectators to check out the myriad variety of vehicles. Hot rods, antiques and classics, rat rods, low riders, and even some 18 wheel big rigs showed. The carpeted premier vendor area –with sponsors like Mother’s, Edelbrock, and 7-Eleven– passed out cold beer while the music blasted. A poker run offered a tour of the surrounding countryside, touring local wineries. A live charity auction was part of the big attraction Saturday afternoon, with donated car-related items raising more cash for the charities. That evening, the show cruise took the scenic route around town before returning to the show area. The cruise was limited to 200 cars, but considering the quality of the entries, it was quite the cruise.
After the judging was over, 100 class winners were announced, and 150 jackets handed out. Best of show went to Troy Martin’s awesome blue and white 1953 Ford Ranch Wagon. It had great subtle modifications, but still retained that classic cool feel, all with a massive effort shown for the details. Runner up was a sweet 1965 Plymouth Belvedere owned by Jim Collins. The oldest winner was Don Barlow’s 1928 Ford Roadster, while the newest winner was a 1999 Pontiac Trans Am owned by Dan Lazzaro, so there was a lot of age variety. Other interesting trophy winners were a 1930 Ford Modela, a 1937 Chevrolet Woody, and a 1955 Chevrolet 210 (a base model, not a Bel Air).
Plans for the 30th anniversary show are already underway, including lining up Budweiser as a major sponsor. Expect the suds to flow next year. Plan on June 19th – 21st 2015, show up early, and bring the family and definitely a camera.
Check out the videos below to see what you missed, or to relive the magic if you were there.