My favorite Southern California car show is the Cruisin’ For A Cure event at the Orange County Fairgrounds. I have to admit that it used to be a close second behind the John Force Holiday Car Show, but it looks like we’ve seen the last of the JFR shows which puts Cruisin’ right at the top of my list.
And the show is only a few weeks away (Saturday September 27 from 7Am – 5PM)
As I already mentioned, the Cruisin’ For A Cure event is held at the OC Fairgrounds and it takes up the entire grounds except the south parking lot where the OC Marketplace is held. The event is advertised as “the world’s largest one day charity car show” and I believe it! This is their 15th year and their average is 3200 entries each year. The grounds and buildings are literally filled with hotrods, race cars, customs, cruisers, classics, and some specialty vehicles that defy conventional catorization.
All vehicles have a place to park and many of them do, but as the name of the event suggests there is also a cruise route that winds through the event and the participants definitely take advantage of it, often with their headers uncorked. The cars look good, sound good, and even smell good as they cruise by. I’ll add that there are also lots of vendors and exhibitors so it’s a great place to pick up car care products, performance products, collectibles, and other neat stuff.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t explain the “A Cure” part: All proceeds from the event are donated to the CITY of HOPE Prostate Cancer Program and any man 40 years and older can even get a free PSA test at the show.
The bottom line is if you’re a gearhead like I am then this is an event that you don’t want to miss. It’s family-friendly so bring them too.
For more information, please visit the Cruisin’ For A Cure website:|
You can also find some photos from past car shows at the OC Fairgrounds (including Cruising For A Cure) in my Flickr Photostream: