So Cal Car Culture – Show Listings

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that Southern California is the mecca of car shows. No matter what kind of cars you’re into, you can find car shows on almost every weekend, and even on almost any weeknight.

There’s a website that lists hot rod, custom car and custom truck shows from Simi Valley to San Diego and from Huntington Beach to Hesperia.

The website is called So Cal Car Culture.  As of this writing, the website lists every show through the remainder of 2021. While the website isn’t fancy, it’s easy to use and will direct you to the event flyer (can you believe we’re still printing car show flyers?)

Car shows keep the car culture alive. They pass along the passion for these vehicles to younger generations. Most of us remember that first time we sat in a car or a truck that made us smile with sheer with pure joy.

So Cal Car Culture
A young girl checks out a hot rod.

There are at least 50 car shows a month just for hot rods and custom trucks. While some of these events also host newer cars, let us remember that no matter what a person drives, we all share the same passion.

Here in California, we’re spoiled with our 280+ days of sunshine per annum, so there’s almost no excuse for not showing off your ride. The So Cal Car Culture lives on with seasoned veterans sharing their passion and wisdom with the younger generations. Positivity and support is something that is pervasive in the So Cal Car Culture.


Here are some tips for attending Car Shows:

Most of us are seasoned veterans, having attended shows for decades. We all know to bring snacks, water, a hat, and a comfortable chair;

We also know to respect the rules of the event. Leave the burnouts and revving to the immature attendees and lead by example;

Sunscreen is a good idea and so is an umbrella;

Detailing products:  towels, quick detailer, tire dressing and other paint care products – are a must;

Cell phone charger: for some of the longer shows, you can’t leave home without one;

Jumper pack: I always bring one. My car doesn’t have battery issues, but there seems to be at least one at every show that does. I like coming to the rescue of fellow hot rodders;

Comfortable shoes: I quite wearing sandals to shows because whether I’m walking or standing, my dogs get tired without comfortable shoes.

Arrive early: Getting there early is always a good idea – it gives you options as to where you will park. Getting there late means that you get what’s leftover.

Be quiet coming and going: Many of these shows start early in the morning. Residents near the venues have been very vocal about loud cars. When you get off the freeway and head toward the event, do your best to be quiet. Several car shows have been permanently canceled because of noise problems. Cars and Coffee in Newport Beach has been permanently canceled twice. When it moved to the Ford and Mazda campus in Irvine, it was canceled again because of people driving loudly on the ingress-egress streets. Cars in Coffee in San Clemente is also on thin ice as of this writing.

So Cal Car Culture Website

Here’s an example of the listings from the So Cal Car Culture website for just one day of May, 2021

1 Anaheim – Gardenwalk Cars-Coffee-Culture – 400 Disney Way – 8AM – 1PM – Info
1 Carlsbad* – Cbad Cars – 7130 Avenida Encinas – 7AM – 9AM – Info
1 Corona* – Cars & Coffee Corona – IHOP 2450 Wardlow Rd. – 7AM – 9AM – Flyer
1 Cypress* – Kimmie’s – 9935 Walker Ave. – 8AM – 2PM – Flyer
1 Diamond Bar – Weinerschnitzel – 23300 Sunset Crossing Rd. – 11AM – 1PM – Flyer
1 El Segundo – Grand Re-Opening Cruise-In @ Automobile Driving Museum 610 Lairport St. – 10AM – 4PM – Flyer
1 Huntington Beach* – Donut Derelicts – Magnolia & Adams – 6AM – 9AM
1 La Cañada* – Early Rodder’s – United Artists Theatre 1919 Verdugo Blvd. – 6:30AM – 8:30AM – e-mail
1 La Puente* – Gas & Glaze – 560 Workman Mill Rd. – 6AM – 8AM – Flyer
1 La Quinta* – Coffee & Cars @ Aspen Mills Bakery 46-520 Washington St. – 7AM – 9:45AM – Flyer
1 Los Alamitos – Free Oil Filter @ Auto Zone 11282 Los Alamitos Blvd – 8AM – 2PM – Flyer
1 Orange* – Good Times Block Party @ Cambra Speed Shop 726 W. Angus Ave. – 9AM – 1PM – Flyer
1 Palm Desert* – Silver Scorpions Cars & Breakfast – 44491 Town Center Way – 5AM – 8AM – Flyer
1 Perris – 36th Annual Antique Truck Show – 2201 S. A St. – 9AM – 3PM – Flyer – V
1 Placentia* – Donuts & Dipsticks – 2001 E. Orangethorpe Ave. – 7AM – 9AM – Flyer
1 Poway* – In-N-Out-Burger – 12890 Gregg Court – 11AM – 2PM – Info
1 San Clemente* – South OC Cars & Coffee – Outlets at San Clemente SW Corner – 9AM – 11AM – Info
1 Simi Valley* – Cars & Coffee @ Dundee Donuts 2458 Stearns St. – 7AM – 9AM – Flyer
1 Simi Valley* – The Coachmen Cruise Night – 2196 Tapo St. – 4PM – 8PM – Flyer
1 Torrance* – Caffeine Cruisers – Artesia & Hawthorne Blvd. – 7AM – 10AM – Flyer – Info
1 Valencia* – Coffee N’ Cars – 23222 Valencia Blvd. – 7AM – 8:30AM – Flyer
1 Valencia* – Brunch of Cars – 24025 Newhall Ranch Rd. – 9AM – 11AM – Flyer
1 Westlake Village* – Conejo Valley Cars & Coffee – 2360 Townsgate – 8AM – 11AM – Info – Flyer
1 Yorba Linda* – Car Show on the Hill – 22699 Oakcrest Circle – 3PM – 5PM – Flyer


Detroit Autorama – April 30 to May 2

Of the Autorama series of shows, the Detroit Autorama is widely heralded as the one you simply cannot miss.

This show usually takes place earlier in the year as most people know, but the COVID19 pandemic has left all event organizers scrambling to salvage what’s left of the show season.

The fact that the Detroit Autorama is still happening is great news given that a lot of people, who have had little to do for the last 15 months, have spent this time making upgrades and changes to their project cars.

For this reason, we’re expecting to see some amazing transformations at this show.

The show will be held at Cobo Hall in Detroit (now renamed the TFC Center).

No word on mask requirements but it’s a safe bet that they will probably be recommended at the least, and perhaps mandated, so be prepared. The show hall is very large and there’s plenty of room for social distancing, so show-goers are urged to take what precautions they deem necessary for their own safety.

As of this writing (April 16, 2021), it’s still a go.

History of the Detroit Autorama

The Detroit Autorama has been put together in collaboration between the Michigan Hot Rod Association (MHRA) and Championship Auto Shows (CASI) since 1961. In 1963, CASI President Bob Larivee Sr. helped the Michigan Hot Rod Association (MHRA) form a new governing body for show car events, titled the International Show Car Association (ISCA). The ISCA has since become the leading promoter and governing body of show car events and competitions in the country. Along with CASI (now “North America’s largest producer of indoor hot rod shows”]) they co-promote and judge events from coast-to-coast, ranging from the Boston World of Wheels to the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. All ISCA events have a series of “Outstanding Awards” for more than three-dozen classes. Each one counts as a single point in the ISCA point standings, which is split into four overall classes: Rod, Custom, Truck, and Bike.

If, at the end of a season, a single contributor has four Outstanding Awards in a single category, they are locked into the ISCA Championship Finals, which is held every as part of the Chicago World of Wheels, the week following the show at Cobo. Many Ridler Winners and Great-8 cars have gone on to attend other ISCA shows and win an overall Class Championship. Most recently Tammy Ray and her ’34

Gold Digger did so in back-to-back seasons in 2010 & 2011.

The most events ever on an ISCA schedule was 99, set during the 1982–83 season. The current schedule features 30 events, including the Detroit Autorama, and the ISCA Championship Finals-held within the Chicago World of Wheels.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s, the Autorama continued to grow into one of the most prestigious car shows in the country. To assist in growing, the next generation of professional builders and renowned car owners began to make their way to Cobo every winter in hopes of capturing the much-desired Ridler Award. Among them were California’s Bobby Alloway and Boyd Coddington, Memphis’ George Poteet, along with many others. The only downside to this growing national attention was Michigan’s dwindling presence. As exhibitors started traveling from across the country to fight for the show’s top prize, many local Detroit and Michigan entries became less competitive against cars from other states, most of whom were being built with much larger budgets. Though the Alexander Brothers continued to build local cars for the show (including a Great-8 competitor in 2012), Rochester Hills‘s Dave Emery’s ’32 Ford Roadster ( Revolver) was in 1997 the last Michigan-built entries to win the Ridler Award (as of 2021). 

Here’s a fun video of the 2019 show:



Boyd Coddington Wheels Feature Car of the Month – April 2021

Jason Wegner – 1965 Chevy Nova II


Over 20 years ago, I bought my 1965 Chevy II Nova as a drag car. I raced it on and off for about 5 years. Then it seemed, I just didn’t have the time to race and wrench on the car anymore.

The car sat in an enclosed trailer in our barn only getting it out for our yearly burnout. After that, I’d winterize the car and put it back in the trailer.

One day, a good friend of mine at work convinced me to take it to his garage so that we could start restoring it with the goal of putting it back on the road.  It started out with what was to be some simple body and interior work. Anyone who knows me knows that I wouldn’t stop there.

IMG 7553Today, the car has a 406 small block with an 8-71 blower. It sends its power to a Turbo 400 trans and a 9-inch, Mark Williams’s rear end. The car has a fully custom interior, and a Rockford Fosgate sound system.

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I have put a lot of time into this car with the help of some great friends and of course, my family.

Special thanks to my wife Audrey, my brother-in-law Brian, my friend Loren, Paul’s Auto Interiors (of Pontiac, Mi.) for the interior work, Howard and Gena from Boyd Coddington Wheels, and John Brown (of Clayton, Mi.) for the paint and bodywork. All of these people played an important role in this car’s  1st place win in the “Street Machine Custom” class at the 2020 Detroit Auto Rama!

The team at Boyd Coddington Wheels really helped me out of a tight spot. With their help, we were able to spec the correct spacing and offsets for my build.  Everyone knows that nailing the wheel fitments can make or break the look of the car.

I will be looking forward to burning these tires up, and working with the great team at Body Coddington Wheels again in the future.


2021 Hot Rod Power Tour is a GO!!

Nope, this is no April Fool’s joke – it’s legit.

The HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is now officially on for this year with firm dates set for August 23 to 27. The tour stops are all in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois for 2021, and to get the details on each stop, please check out the story here.

HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is returning to the heartland of hot rod country, rolling through the Midwest beginning Monday, August 23 and finishing Friday, August 27, 2021. HOT ROD Power Tour gathers some of the finest hot rods and muscle cars from all over the country (sometimes the rest of the world, too) to drive through small-town America like one big happy family on a convoy. If you’ve ever wanted to tour the backroads and byways of this great country, there’s no better way to do it than on Power Tour where you can enjoy the adventure with thousands of like-minded enthusiasts and friends.

Now that the 2021 Hot Rod Power Tour is a go, What should you expect? How about 5,000 participants? And of course, lots of cars riding on Boyd Coddington Wheels.

You can join along for all the Power Tour fun in multiple ways: pick a stop on the Tour and come check out all the action as a spectator, sign up to cruise with us for a day or two, or become a HOT ROD Power Tour Long Hauler and enjoy the journey from start to finish with all the HOT ROD editors.

Before You Go

Be sure you thoroughly inspect your tires and wheels. Nothing is worse than being stranded with tire or wheel problems.  Maybe this is the right time to update the look of your car with a new set of wheels. Would be nice to show that off, right?

We’re happy to help. There’s still time to build a custom set for you before the mad rush of the Summer season. Check out all of our styles.  SHOP NOW.

If you have questions, contact us by phone to discuss your needs. Remember that you can have custom offsets and widths. There are many options for street rods, pro street, resto-rods,  pickups and modern muscle cars. Update your ride in time for the Hot Rod Power Tour.


HOT ROD Power Tour 2021 Schedule

  • KICKOFF / Day 1: Monday, Aug. 23 – Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
  • Day 2: Tuesday, Aug. 24 – Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio
  • Day 3: Wednesday, Aug. 25 – Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis
  • Day 4: Thursday, Aug. 26 – World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis
  • Day 5: Friday, Aug. 27 – State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

For more info, go to the Hot Rod website.