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Summer Bucket List: Classic Car Shows

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By Jennifer Weber

As the wifey of a proud owner of a 1972 Dodge Challenger, I’ve become accustomed to the ogling of the pretty, pretty car, who I lovingly refer to as “The Mistress” and the endless conversation and intrigue that surrounds her whenever taking a ride to town to grab dinner or entering her in a cruise night or car show.

In these few short years of my Classic Car education, I’ve also quickly learned there are approximately a hundred different cruise nights and car shows one could attend throughout Western New York on any given week. Give or take.

So in an effort to streamline your Summer Bucket List in attending a Classic Car Show, here’s a quick round up of a few upcoming events being held in Western New York (including a newbie this weekend right here in Springville!)

This Weekend:

1st Annual Food Truck, Fire Truck and Car Show hosted by the Springville Volunteer Fire Department will take place on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Springville Fireman’s Park, 71 Nason Boulevard, Springville. Admission to this event is free, car entries start at 8:30 a.m. for a $5 fee.

23rd Annual Quaker Days Car & Motorcycle Show will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at North Buffalo Street, Village of Orchard Park. Cars register at the Orchard Park High School on Baker Road. Registration is $17 day of event and proceeds benefit the Orchard Park Lions Club. Last year, this event hosted over 220 cars.

The Buffalo History Museum Antique & Classic Car Show will be held on Sunday, July 30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1 Museum Court, Buffalo. Registration day of event from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; all car entries must be 20 years old. In addition to the show, you also get free admission to The Buffalo History Museum!

14th Annual Alden Car, Truck and Cycle Show will be held on Sunday, July 30 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Alden Town Park, Broadway and West Main Street, Alden. This show is in support of Mercy Flight of WNY and hosted by the Marilla Auto Show. For more information visit www.aldenautoshow.com

August:

26th Annual Street Classics Car Show will be held at Allegany Fireman’s Park, 188 West Main Street, Allegany on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2 (children under 12 free.) The first 100 cars get a free dash plaque.

The 9th Annual Gowanda Harley-Davidson Kustom Kruise In Car & Bike Show, Celebrating Ratrods, Rust Rods, Barnstorm Creations and good old muscle cars takes place on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 12-2 p.m. No registration fee to enter. For more information, visit www.GowandaHarley.com

The Kenan Center will host the Kenan Motor Exhibition: Car Truck & Motocycle Show on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 12-6 p.m. at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. Event is free to the public.

September:

The Olcott Beach 28th Annual Car Show takes place on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Krull Park in Olcott Beach, NY. The “largest outdoor show in Western New York” will host over 1,000 show cars. No pre-registration, only day of registration.  For more information, visit www.olcottbeachcarshow.com

Ellicottville Rock ‘N Roll Weekend 18th Annual Classic Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 12-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com/event-calendar/rock-n-roll-weekend

The 12th Annual Springville Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest held on Saturday, Sept. 29 hosts a German Car Show from 3-6 p.m. at Springville Fireman’s Park, 71 Nason Boulevard, Springville.

Ongoing:

Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Cruise Nights are held the 3rd Thursday of the month during the summer; the next event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at 195 W Main St, Springville.

The Allegany State Park Classic Car Cruise In takes place on the second Wednesday of each month through Sept. 13. Vehicles will be displayed at the Red House Bathhouse parking area from 5-8 p.m . Registration is not required and all vehicles are welcome at this free event. For more information contact the Environmental Education Department at (716) 354-9101 x 236.

What’s your favorite Classic Car Show in WNY? What cruise night should we stop by in the area? Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/springvilletimes and let us know what we’re missing! And if you see me and the Mistress around town, honk and wave. She likes the attention. (And so does my husband.)

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