The 21st Annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is here and GEARHEAD will once again be vending at this cooler than hell event. Stop by our booth, #H10 (right next to our pals Cock Grease!) and meet legendary tattoo artist and pinstriper Mike Adair. He will be signing his limited edition numbered posters exclusively for GEARHEAD customers. Grab one of the 25 limited edition 18" x 24" prints at the show for $25 and if there are any left over, we'll put 'em up for sale in our web store when we get back!
Bring out your pre-'73 hot rod, muscle car, custom, bomb, low-rider or traditional. Grab a dog from Dave's Dawgs, a beer from The Blue Lamp, and enjoy the California sun. Show starts at 3 pm, all cars will be charged $5 with funds going to Friends of the River. Spectators can view the show for free! Hosted by The Swanx CC Sponsored by So-Cal Speed Shop Sacramento.
Music starts at 7 pm inside (21+) $10 advance, $15/door.Sponsored by Sacramento Tattoo and 805 Beer.
Ms Gearhead contest at 10 pm, all ladies welcome to enter. Theme: Rosie The Riveter! Click here for more info and to register. Sponsored by Vivacious Vixens, Tres Noir, Atomic Aces and Kustom Koffins
One again, GEARHEAD rolls into Vegas to sell official GEARHEAD merch at the legendary Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. Stop by the booth to say hi, enter our free raffle, take some pics and maybe pick up a shirt or two. For more information, visit the Viva Las Vegas website.
By Guest Writer Jason Mueller from A-1 Auto Transportation Service
Every year, there are hundreds, if not thousands of car shows around the nation that bring car enthusiasts and owners together along with food and beverage vendors and lots of great entertainment. One thing is certain however and that is the fact that not all car shows are going to be the same and it takes a little planning to schedule the best ones to attend. Whether you enjoy swap meets, cruises, private auto showings, parties, car hops or just the entertainment and excitement that comes along with being able to see some of the best classics, hot rods, muscle cars or other unique cars in existence, here are the top five car shows that you should make plans to attend.
Miami International Auto Show
The Miami International Auto Show has been around since 1971, the year that Plymouth introduced the Barracuda 426 Hemi and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon was born. When it came to car shows, the year was perfect for Miami as the show had such a great response that it has now been in operation for nearly 45 years and is one of the biggest shows on the east coast. The show consists of many popular exhibits that include convertibles, cruise-ins, cars from the 1950’s, muscle cars and many others. With cars ranging from Chevy and Ford to Ferrari and Lamborghini, this show is unparalleled with others and has plenty of live entertainment, great food and drinks and even boats, motorcycles and other vehicles. This show, held in September, is for the best of the best and is open to all ages. Ticket information can be found here.
Memphis International Auto Show
Held in October each year, the Memphis International Auto Show has events planned for all ages including a family day that includes a fun schedule of activities for kids. This show includes some of the most amazing muscle cars, hot rods, woodies, classic and vintage cars and uniquely designed and restored cars in the nation and tickets are priced affordably for all that want to attend.
Charlotte Auto Show
The Charlotte Auto Show is held in November and car enthusiasts have the opportunity to view cars, trucks and other vehicles in an area that spans the length of over six football fields. This event includes a ride and drive, family friendly entertainment and free admission for children under the age of 12. The show is a four-day event and many local hotels offer great discounts for attendees.
Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance
Every August in Pebble Beach, spectators have the opportunity to see some of the most exquisite motor vehicles ever in existence all in one west coast location. Thousands attend to see prize winning automobiles from around world including manufacturers from the U.S. as well as Germany, Italy and many others. From Buick or BMW to Ferrari and others, this show has it all and even includes motorcycles and other specialty vehicles. Those that enjoy the finer things in life will be able to not only see some of the best automobiles ever manufactured but will also have opportunities to purchase art and attend auto auctions where they have the chance to own a great classic or luxury car of their own. Tickets can be purchased for general admission or for VIP status for the August show.
Detroit Auto Show
Not many car shows can compare to the Detroit Auto Show. This show, also known as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is one of the largest in the United States and is held in January each year. The show features the latest in the auto industry including debut cars from the leading manufacturers around the world. The event hosts a black-tie charity event with a large dinner and party as well as a concert. More than $41 million has been raised at this event since it began in 1976. More than 2000 automotive companies as well as spectators, race car drivers and nearly 1000 prestigious automobiles are showcased at this show making it one of the most well-received shows in the nation. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate the day of the show.
As one that has a deep interest in automobiles, especially classics, hot rods, muscle cars or fun cars, there are many opportunities from coast to coast to see some of the best cars in the world. Whether you want to attend as a spectator or have your own special show car shipped in, these shows are well worth checking out and trying to attend if you enjoy a good show.
Gearhead was there for the very first Ventura Nationals, then called The Primer Nationals. Things have sure come a long way since then! The beach town of Ventura will be hopping for all three days of this Labor Day Weekend, kicking things off Friday night with a cruise, art and photography show and music. Saturday, head to the fairgrounds for a feast for the eyes and ears, where hot rods and kustoms will fill the venue, along with vendors, food, and music!
Gearhead will be sharing a booth with our pals from Cock Grease, so make sure to pop inside and come say hi. While you're there, sign up for our free raffle for a chance to win a Gearhead Goody Bag!
For pricing and show information, make sure you check out the Ventura Nationals website.
As Dione Warwick sings, "Do you know the way to San Jose....oooo oooo oooo oooo....." You better figure it out quick so you can Join the Gearhead Crew when we head to San Jose, CA Sunday July 12, 2015 to join the Strangers Car Club as they celebrate their sixteenth year hosting a car show and BBQ! The event runs 10 am t0 4 pm and is located at History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112. For more information, check out their website. Music, food, vendors, and of course, the cars! I'm pretty sure they won't be playing that song, so you'll have to provide it yourself as you head out!
Memorial Day Weekend always brings lots of activities for families, and the 34th Annual West Coast Kustoms Cruisin' Nationals Car show is right up there on Must Do activities! Originally held in Paso Robles, CA, it moved to it's current location at the Santa Maria, CA Fairway about 8 years ago.
Loaded with kustoms, hotrods, rat rods and all manner of cool stuff to buy this family friendly event is a great way to check out some cool cars and celebrate the holiday. Plus, Friday night there is a car cruise that is not to be missed!
Check out their website for more information, and if you make it, stop by the Gearhead booth to say hi!
Its finally happening; Gearhead® is heading to Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend! The fine folks at Cock Grease have invited Gearhead to share the booth, which is an honor! Vending at this show has been a dream of mine for many years, almost as long as it's been going on. This will be their 18th year if you can believe that!
Unlike so many other "hip" events that have gotten co-opted by the media, Viva Las Vegas has kept its cool street cred with the underground, and has stayed pretty true to it's roots, probably because it continues to be run and organized by the original main man himself Tom Ingram. He didn't sell out for money like so many other events and because of that, it continues to inspire and attract awesome bands, killer cars and a fan base from around the world! Way to go Tom!
So stop by the booth and say hi, get a free sticker or two, and enjoy the fabulous events that are all part of the Viva Las Vegas Experience! For more information or tickets, please visit their website. See you there!
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