The event, presented by Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club, displays timeless rarities, dragsters, and custom coupes from the Southland and also Nevada and Arizona, which creates a paradise for motorists in an alpine setting. The car show takes place in the Village, where the cars line up in designated parking spaces so the public can view these timeless classics, and car show admission is free.
With streets closed off on the boulevard at Pine Knot and Village Dr. at Northwoods Resort, families are free to stroll at their leisure to view the hundreds of street rods, antiques, stockers, pickups and panel trucks. The show features a wide variety of autos such as Cobras, Ford and Chevy Woodies, Thunderbirds, Model A Roadsters, El Caminos, Corvairs, Barracudas, and Corvettes. While official show admission for vintage cars is already a sellout, many owners come to Big Bear anyway to show off so there are hundreds of rods cruising the streets.
Saturday’s the big day with the Show and Shine throughout the Village from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and vendors displaying crystal window etchings and small miniature motors that actually run, among others. In the Bartlett Parking Lot there’s food, Village Business Association engine raffle and 50-50 drawing. One of the highlights is the traditional “Cruise Around the Lake,” which takes place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. There are 250-300 cars that rally around the lake in a virtual classic car parade to give spectators a remarkable perspective of the rods and wheels.
The car show concludes with Sunday’s awards show in the Bartlett lot at 9 a.m. There are some 70 awards given out at the show. Some of the awards presented are best flames, best paint, best fins, mayor’s choice, the top 25, and the BBLACC President’s award. Noel Blanc, who carries on the voices of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and all the other great Looney Tunes characters in the tradition of his late father Mel, makes presentations as well.
Call (909) 866-4607.