Summer Car Events You Can’t Miss

Woodward Dream Cruise

Is it August already!?

Sometimes looking at the calendar truly shocks me. I realized we’re not only in August, we’re about done with the first week of the last month of summer. And I haven’t even gotten sunburned yet!

If you’re like me (God help you), you’re realizing that summer is passing you by and you haven’t really taken the time to enjoy it. Well, you need a break. Even if it’s just a weekend out of town or a long day spent doing something fun just for you.

You need to get away from the constant barrage of political wars, Facebook updates and buzzing cell phones. But you don’t want to get away from civilization and go into the wilderness or anything… that’s crazy. There aren’t any cars there to enjoy. So what you need is a summer car event. One of these will do nicely:

Carlisle Truck Nationals
When: Aug. 5-7
Where: Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle, Pa.

The epicenter of all things truck since 1991. Stock trucks, lowered trucks, chromed-out big rigs, monster trucks and mini trucks. It’s all here, and it’s this weekend. Enjoy.

The Monterey Weekend
When: Aug. 18-21
Where: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca/Pebble Beach Golf Course, Monterey, Calif.

This is the one, kids! Join the rich and famous for the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and racing at Laguna Seca. Whether you’re rich or not, the event is an incredible experience and one of the premier auto events in the world.

Woodward Dream Cruise
When: Aug. 20
Where: Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Also one of the premier auto events in the world (or at least the premier auto event in Detroit on August 20), the Dream Cruise is free to attend and open to all vehicles.

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV
When: Oct. 14-16
Where: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.

Yeah, this one’s in the Fall, but holy smokes it’s hot. According to the event’s webpage:

Rennsport Reunion IV brings together an unprecedented gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current race cars, as well those who have driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. The three-day program of on-track competition is complemented by a concours d’elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating the decades-long history of the legendary 911 race cars.

Are you planning to attend a car event this summer? Or have you already? Feel free to post a comment about any hot car events we missed.


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  1. Pebble Beach is a little uppity for me. I’ll take a Sunday morning Cars & Coffee any day!

  2. Around here, most residents really hate the “woodward nightmare cruise” as we call it. If the event was better handled and more limited in scope, it would be great, but what we end up with is a solid week of every loud-muffler stink-mobile in the midwest burning out on every street corner they can find. I did enjoy it for the first few years, but after you’ve seen your fiftieth 1957 Chevy in an hour, it loses a bit of the punch. It’s also been taken over by corporate interests, which set up their tents to push their cars, beer and completely unrelated stuff (notice I didn’t ID beer as unrelated) and it’s so big and crowed that most of us living here hope for a week of monsoons like we had a few years ago. Alas, probably no such luck this year although with the heat I predict the sewers will be overflowing with antifreeze.

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