Fathers Day auto shows for the car-loving dad

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Promo girls at the 2010 NEC Classic Car Show.

Among other things, dad loves a great classic car show on Father's Day. (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Tony Harrison/Flickr)

Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day. If your dad loves automobiles, why not treat him to some vehicular beauty on his special day? Thanks to Family Car Guide and a variety of other sources, here are some U.S. auto shows dad will love on Father’s Day 2011.

California

Go for swank with the annual Rodeo Drive Concourse d’Elegance in Beverly Hills, Calif. The boutique shopping district along the famous street will be closed on Sunday as 125 Italian cars and motorcycles bring their classic form from Wilshire to Little Santa Monica Boulevard. A Fiat 500 or two will be available for ride-and-drives, too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Colorado

The 7th Annual Car Show at Apex Park in Arvada is a great way for Denver-area dads to enjoy street rods, classics and customs with 1950s flair, free of charge. It’s also fun for the whole family with music, food vendors, 8 a.m. 5K and a cavalcade of kids’ activities.

Illinois

While you won’t run into Barack Obama, the Libertyville Father’s Day Charity Car Show is Corvette heaven for Chicagoans. For just $5 per carload or $3 per person, check out Chevy muscle and maybe even win something at a raffle while munching on an elephant ear.

Massachusetts

The spirit of Massachusetts is the spirit of America when the Hyannis Village Green on Cape Cop revs up for action. Over 300 rare and vintage vehicles will be on display at this 18th annual event that is attended by as many as 50,000 people each year. Crafts, food and family fun round out the day. Entry beginning at 9 a.m. is free.

Michigan

The home of the U.S. auto industry represents with pride on Father’s Day as the Michigan Hot Rod Club takes over Charlton Park in Hastings. Over 1,000 cars will get dad’s heart pumping. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 5 to 11 years old.

Mississippi

Were Johnny Cash and June Carter talking about that Jackson Car Show at the Jackson Zoo? Regardless, beginning at 10 a.m., live music, giveaways and a storm of unique and wonderful cars will burn hotter than a pepper sprout. Dads enter free with a child’s paid admission ($6).

New York

Engines will rumble on Long Island as the Hampstead Plains branch of the Antique Automobile Association brings its annual Father’s Day Car Show to town. Located outside New York City, this free show starts at 10 a.m. On the Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside.

Oregon

Try the Oregon Coast Exotic Car Show on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Salishan Spa and Gold resort in Lincoln City will feature the 1947 Ferrari Type 166 Spyder Corsa, “the world’s oldest complete Ferrari. Adults are $5 at the door.

For the dad who loves hydraulics

Sources

Antique Automobile Club of America

Apex Foundation

Family Car Guide

Historic Charlton Park

Hyannis Village Green

Jackson Zoo

Libertyville Chevrolet

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Rodeo Drive Concourse d’Elegance

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