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Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

A variety of shows and events are being held this weekend that give you the chance to check out some awesome cars, connect with future customers and help out your community, including the 22nd Annual East Coast Nationals and the 18th Cookson Hills Toy Run 2011. Information on these and eight additional cars shows are detailed below. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

Mecum Auctions hosts its final event for 2011 Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The auction will feature 750 collector cars, including a 1914 Ford Model T, a one-of-a-kind 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III, a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback and a 1958 Chevy Corvette.  For more information, visit www.mecum.com.

The 22nd Annual East Coast Nationals takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace in Timonium, Maryland. The event, billed by organizers as “The Largest Indoor Pre-73 All American Car & Custom Motorcycle Show on the East Coast,” will feature 300 antiques, street rods, customs, muscle cars, nostalgia rods, hot rods, nostalgia drag cars and custom motorcycles. The vehicles will compete for cash prizes and awards in Street Driven and Show Class divisions. The event will also feature DJs, auctions, vendors and appearances by Candy Clark and Santa Claus. For more information, visit www.eastcoastindoornats.com.

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Editor’s Corner: ‘Social: The Now Media’ Social Media Summit for Small Business

By Devlin Smith

Social media feels like this big, imposing, time-consuming thing. Are you on the right social media site? Do you have enough followers? Are you interacting with them enough? Not wanting to fight these issues out, some shops have chosen to ignore social media all together, either sticking to their websites or staying off the Internet completely.

I hate to break it to you, but in today’s ultra-connected world, staying off the web and social media isn’t a viable option for small businesses, hard truths that were cemented for me last week at “Social: The Now Media” a social media summit for small business presented by CBSRadio at the Hollywood Palladium.

“It’s like an address, a phone number,” Ava DuVernay, an independent film director, marketer and publicist who was a panelist at the event, said of social media. “You’re going to have to do it.”

The summit offered small business owners advice on just how to do it, featuring speakers and panelists discussing lead generation, content development and reputation management.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Take a break from the turkey and the shopping frenzy to attend one of the many car shows being held around the country, like Goodguys 1st Fall Del Mar Nationals or the O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama Houston. Information on these and five additional cars shows are detailed below. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter  throughout the week.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The event will showcase hot rods and muscle cars from throughout the Houston region, as well as special feature cars like the 2011 Camaro Transformers Special Edition, which was custom-built for the filming of “Transformers 3″. Over $40,000 in cash, merchandise and trophies will be presented in categories including Best Rod, Best Truck and Best Custom. For more information, click here.  

The Daytona Turkey Run takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event will feature show cars, a swap meet, a car corral, crafts and antiques and concessions. The car show is open to American-made street rods, customs, antiques and muscle cars through 1979. Foreign and domestic exotics, and late-model vehicles, will be displayed on a limited basis. The Turkey Run will also feature various nighttime activities, including live entertainment and trike races. For more information, visit www.turkeyrun.com.

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Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Step out into the crisp autumn air this weekend and attend one of the many car shows being held around the country, like Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals or the National Law Enforcement Memorial Car Show. Information on these and six additional cars shows are detailed below. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

Goodguys presents the 14th Southwest Nationals Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Westworld of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 competing for awards including the Judy Murray Memorial Award and PPG Dream Car. The event will feature vendor and manufacturer exhibits, a swap meet, a cars-for-sale corral, a model and pedal car show and parties. For more information, visit www.southwestnats.com.

The Leake Auction Co. presents the Dallas 2011 Car Show & Auction Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Dallas Market Hall in Dallas. The event will feature over 500 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles on display and up for bid. For more information, visit www.leakecar.com.

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Veterans Day Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Car shows are being held around the country this weekend to mark Veterans Day.

A number of shows are being held across the country that will honor our nation’s veterans, including Goodguys’ 22nd Annual Autumn Get-Together, the 6th Annual Veterans Day Car & Motorcycle Show and the 2nd Annual Surf City USA Beach Cruise. Here’s information on those and seven additional shows that provide you with the opportunity to show off your shop’s best work and meet potential customers. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

The 7th Annual Emerald Coast Cruzin runs through Saturday in Panama City Beach, Florida. The five-day event features cruises, car shows, parties, auctions, burnout competitions, a beach parade and live entertainment. Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn will be on hand signing autographs Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com.

The 24th Annual Fall Carolina Collector Auto Fest takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. Saturday will feature a classic car show open to pre-1973 vehicles with over 60 awards presented. Sunday will feature an open car show with awards presented to classic and late-model vehicles. The indoor show will also feature vendors and concessions. For more information, visit www.carolinacollectorautofest.com.

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Ringbrothers Recieve Goodguys’ 2011 Trendsetter Award at SEMA Show

Jim (left) and Mike (right) Ring stand with Goodguys President Marc Meadors (center) after the award presentation.

Mike and Jim Ring, custom car builders and the owners of the Ringbrothers shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin, were named the dual recipients of the Goodguys 2011 Trendsetter Award. The Rings received the award at the annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Industry Reception, held last week during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Ringbrothers is known in the industry for its cutting-edge 1960s muscle car builds, including the 1967 Mustang “Reactor” and the 1969 Camaro “Razor.” Earlier this year, the shop took home the inaugural Golden Builder Award at the 2011 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show for the 1970 Mustang “Dragon.”

In addition to the Golden Builder Award, Ringbrothers has also received several other prestigious industry honors, including two Goodguys Street Machine of the Year awards, and several Mother’s Shine and Ford Design awards.

Mike and Jim accepted the 2011 Trendsetter Award in front of several hundred of their industry peers, as well as their families. Goodguys President Marc Meadors presented the award.

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Live From the 2011 SEMA Show: Cool Car Gallery

The 2011 SEMA Show has officially begun! Hotrod & Restoration will be posting coverage from Las Vegas all this week, showcasing the amazing display cars, new product demonstrations and more.

Here are just a few of the many eye-catching cars located outside of the SEMA Show exhibit halls.

    

(All photos by Ashley Smissen)

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Halloween Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

Dress up your kids, yourself and even your car this weekend and attend one of the many car shows and events happening around the country, including the 18th Southeastern Nationals celebrating dragsters, show cars and everything in between. The California Hot Rod Reunion and Mustang Madness Car Show are also taking place this weekend. Here’s information on those and eight additional shows that provide you with the opportunity to show off your shop’s best work and meet potential customers. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter  throughout the week.

Goodguys presents the 18th Southeastern Nationals Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 competing for awards including 2012 Truck of the Year Late Finalist, 2012 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist and 2012 Kustom of the Year Finalist. All American-made or American-powered cars and trucks are welcome to the Super Sunday Get Together for the chance to run the autocross and compete for special awards. For more information, visit www.southeasternnats.com.

Detroit Speed is hosting its 2011 Open House Friday in Mooresville, North Carolina. During the open house, DSE will show off its latest builds and past projects, and will also offer rod repair. The event will feature a barbecue dinner, music, games and prize giveaways. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Todd Gartshore Memorial Fund, which donates to the Victory Junction Gang. For more information, visit www.detroitspeed.com.

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Editor’s Corner: My Night at Playboy’s 2011 Muscle Cars at the Mansion Event

Standing next to my favorite car at the show, the Imperial Speedster

As one of the editors of Hotrod & Restoration, I attend a lot of car shows. However, I can safely say that I’ve never been to a car show quite like the Muscle Cars at the Mansion event, which was held last Saturday night at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. If you look past the novelty of being on the grounds of such a legendary landmark, as well as the additional…um, eye candy…this show still has the most amazing collection of cars I’ve ever seen assembled in one place!

The front lawn of the Playboy Mansion was well-stocked with gleaming Chargers, Mustangs, custom motorcycles and many other rare cars. The Playboy Mansion fountain sits at the center of the lawn and is the place that all attendees are dropped off to begin their night. We were greeted by an impressive collection of vintage customized motorcycles, as well as a 1959 Imperial Speedster owned by Murray Pfaff of Pfaff Designs. Though it’s hard to pick a favorite out of this group of cars, I’d have to say the Speedster is the car I’d most like to drive through the gates and take home! With its Rolls Royce leather interior, 6.1 Hemi and customized body, this roadster (which ironically started its life as a four-door sedan) certainly caught my eye.

Another car that caught my eye was a 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge. According to its owner, the car has been restored to its original glory and is completely stock. While this is all very impressive, the one thing that stood out the most about the car was its unique lime green color (the photos don’t do it justice; it’s really outstanding and unique). I was so impressed by this car, I decided to make it our November issue’s “Featured Vehicle!” (Be sure to check out the story about the car in our next issue!)

One of the coolest things about this show is that you never know who you’ll run into while roaming the car show on the lawn or the party out back. Although Hugh Hefner didn’t make an appearance, the “King of Kustomizers” George Barris, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn,  “The Car Show” host Matt Farrah and many other celebrities were spotted at the party (not to mention a slew of Playboy bunnies and Playmates!)

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Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

This weekend is filled with a variety of car shows and events celebrating dragsters, show cars and everything in between, including the California Hot Rod Reunion and Classics on the Green. All of these shows provide you the opportunity to show off your shop’s best work and meet potential customers. More shows will be posted on Hotrod & Restoration‘s Twitter throughout the week.

The California Hot Rod Reunion takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California. The three-day festival, which is the season finale of the NHRA‘s Hot Rod Heritage nostalgia drag racing series, will feature racing, a Caklefest and a swap meet. This year’s grand marshal is Steve Gibbs, and other drag racing legends being honored over the weekend include Harry Hibler, Wayne King, John Peters, Dwight Salisbury and George Santos. For more information, visit http://museum.nhra.com.

The Super Chevy Show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina. The event will feature racing, car shows, awards ceremonies, vendors and a swap meet. Awards will be presented in a variety of classes for stock, street, show and modified Chevy cars and trucks. A cruise will run Saturday morning from RK Motors in Charlotte to the dragway. For more information, click here.  

The 9th Annual Virginia Fall Classic takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Newport News, Virginia. The event will feature a cruise-in, open car/truck/bike show, a fun run, awards presentation, dinner and music. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. For more information, visit www.vafallclassic.org.

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