For the Love of the Automobile

Best Car Shows of the Summer 2018

Lisa Martineau
June 04. 2018 8:32AM
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You might hear them coming with the glug-glug-glug of their engines at idle, or you might see their flash and dash, as they zing by, these creatures of the road. The classic, hot rod, custom or antique that turns heads because of a nostalgic whim, a long-ago memory, or simply a love for the smooth curves and sharp lines, flecked paint and mirrored wheels.

The automobile has its enthusiasts - and, like any other pastime - its collectors - folks who join car clubs and share their beauties from the past with the public who come to admire their restored or original treasures.

Summertime draws them out of their garages and they arrive like butterflies to a garden. During the summer you are likely to bump into a car show almost any night of the week in various locations. They're called Cruise Nights. Don't be surprised if you happen across one while grabbing an ice cream on a warm summer night. Here's a sneak peek at the best Car Shows of the summer in New Hampshire.

Spring Fling Corvette Car Show - Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway - May 27, 2018 - This popular show takes place at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and is big for Corvette lovers and car geeks alike! There is nothing more American that the ol' Corvette. There will be music, food, brewery tours, a chance to visit with the Clydesdales, and more. Admission is free.

Wings and Wheels - Skyhaven Airport, 238 Rochester Hill Rd., Rochester - June 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - This car, motorcycle and aircraft show is fun for all ages. You'll find automobiles and motorcycles of all makes and models and some planes too! kids can go for a free flight. Adults can take to the skies in a helicopter or bi-plane. There will be mascots, live entertainment for the whole family, a scale model show contest, a Kidz Zone, games, contests, a roller derby, food vendors, a hula hoop demo and contest, a formation flyover and much more! This show is organized by Rochester Rotary Charities to benefit local nonprofit organizations.
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20th Antique & Collectible Motor Vehicle Show - Mount Sunapee Resort, Route 103, Newbury. June 23, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Come and see a super collection of cars, hot rods, rat rods trucks and motorcycles. Many vendors will be present to sell their products! Trophies for each class. Food, fun and free chair rides to the top of Mt Sunapee for paying entrants. $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. Includes a free lift ride. More Info:

Antique & Classic Automobile Event - Castle in the Clouds, Ossipee Park Road, Moultonborough - July 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This Antique and Classic Automobile Show features an incredible gathering of automobiles from the past. View stunning examples of antique cars dating from the turn of the 20th century in an equally stunning setting. Prizes will be awarded for the people’s choice in the featured category (this year’s featured category is the 1950’s), and the people’s choice outside of the featured category. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Meadows by Shannon Pond, where the show will take place. There is a $5 spectator fee per person. More info:

Color Works Classic Car Show on the Common - On the Common, Gorham. This is part of the fourth of July festivities in Gorham and it takes place on July 1, 2018. There will be 4 Awards given out, Gas Card for the Longest Distance Traveled. Car Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. (line up at 11 a.m.) followed by the Car Show from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

4th Annual Car Show at the Aviation Museum - Aviation Museum, 27 Navigator Rd., Londonderry - July 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There wil be a 50/50 raffle, food for purchase, and trophies awarded. This is a fun and popular summer event. More Info:

22nd Annual British Cars of NH Show of Dreams - Alvirne Hills House Field, Hudson - July 28, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This annual show features only British cars like the Austin Martin, MG, Sprite, Jaguar, Midget and Spitfire. For many years, these enthusiasts are "devoted to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of all British Automobiles" - and it shows! This show benefits the High Hopes Foundation of NH and the New Hampshire Food Bank. More info:

Antique and Classic Car Show - Held at 305 Whittemore Point Road North near Newfound Lake in Bridgewater on August 4, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This show is a fan favorite from last year; come see the coolest collection of antique and classic cars around! There will be food, music, demonstrations and more. Proceeds help the animals at the shelter. Rain date: August 5th.

Show and Shine - Anheuser Busch Brewery, 221 D.W. Highway, Merrimack - August 5, 2018 - 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Great food and fun for all! Come see the famous Clydesdales and 100's of great vehicles. Free Brewery tour. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All Special Interest Vehicles welcome. Donation admission $5.

7th Annual Claremont Senior Center Car Show - August 26, 2018 - Claremont Senior Center, 135 Maple Ave., Claremont from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. admission is $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. 31st Concord Kiwanis Antique and Classic Car Show - September 10, 2016 - NHTI, Institute Drive, Concord. Held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a good-size show with live music to entertain you, food, ice cream and plenty of automobiles to look at. Admission is $5 for spectators. Kids are free.

Granite State Mustang Grand National - August 31 - September 2, 2018 - Anheuser Busch Brewery, 221 D.W. Highway, Merrimack. The Mustang Car Club of New England presents the Granite State MCA Grand National Show over three days. A portion of the proceeds from this show benefit the Shriner's Children's Hospital. Labor Day in New England! Come and experience this 3 day Mustang Club of America Grand National. We have a fun boat cruise on Thursday night around Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Saturday night we will have a pasta-station dinner and a casino night to benefit our charity, The Shriners Hospital. At the show site - be sure to take a Brewery Tour with that special tasting at the end.....and don't forget to check out our Mustang cousins - the Clydesdale's resident quarters.

Cruising Downtown - Elm Street, Manchester - September 1, 2018 from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Perhaps the largest car shows in the state, this one draws more than 800 classic, hot rod, antique, custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles to downtown Manchester. In 2015 they even welcomed and featured special guest, Dennis Gage, the host of the television show "My Classic Car." Elm Street is closed to pedestrian traffic to allow the automobiles to line up. Several thousand people wander around these vehicles and there is not a frown in the crowd! To make things even more exciting, there will be live entertainment throughout the day.
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21st Annual Woodman Museum Vintage Car and Motorcycle Show - September 9, 2018 - Held at the Woodman Museum, 182 Central Ave. in Dover from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featuring class and antique automobiles, including military vehicles and motorcycles. Admission fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children to benefit the Woodman Museum. Rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th.

Wheels & Wings - Nashua Airport, 93 Perimeter Road, Nashua - September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come explore big trucks and planes and see how they work! Entertainment will also include bounce houses & a magician. This is a family-friendly event.

This one is held in the fall but it's a great show and should be on the one-more-to-visit list before the season turns cold:

Vintage Car Show - Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury. - October 13, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring your antique car or motorcycle (25 years and older) to this unique and family friendly car show! No pre-registration or entry fee. Presented in partnership with the White Mountain Region Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America, this event includes free admission to the Village for one driver and one passenger and a cash raffle. Visitors are welcome to admire automobiles and motorcycles from many eras, meet with the owners and other vintage car enthusiasts, enjoy Village tours and exhibits, and shop for local handcrafts at the Museum Store. Food truck fare will be available as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods at the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand. Cost: Included with the cost of regular admission (no charge for Members). Rain date: October 14, 2018.

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