Belmont Shore’s Car Show Celebrates 30 Years

Click Here to Begin Slideshow The Belmont Shore Car Show celebrated its 30th anniversary on Sunday, September 8, by closing all 15 blocks of its Second Street shopping and dining area, giving the streets over to static classic, vintage, some motorcycles and a few racing cars. The Long Beach, Calif. weather cooperated with sunny skies and moderate temperatures, bringing out the locals and who that had to drive - and search for parking - in order to peruse the delectable goodies lined on both sides of the median-separated four-lane road. While the number of cars, trucks and motorcycles that made the trip to celebrate America’s and Belmont Shore’s love for vehicular beauty was down a bit from the event’s heyday, the quality of vehicles on-hand couldn’t help but amaze the thousands on hand. With not a rust-bucket in sight - but a few T-buckets - the Southern California love for automobiles was definitely running full strength. As were charitable organizations that set up shop in Second Street’s median area, along with vendors and the occasional political group. Here are a few of my favorite cars from the show, cars that caught my eye - not necessarily because they’re the most valuable; just because I liked them. In this first photo, this Cadillac needs more than a single parking space!

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years

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The Belmont Shore Car Show celebrated its 30th anniversary on Sunday, September 8, by closing all 15 blocks of its Second Street shopping and dining area, giving the streets over to static classic, vintage, some motorcycles and a few racing cars.

The Long Beach, Calif. weather cooperated with sunny skies and moderate temperatures, bringing out the locals and who that had to drive - and search for parking - in order to peruse the delectable goodies lined on both sides of the median-separated four-lane road.

While the number of cars, trucks and motorcycles that made the trip to celebrate America’s and Belmont Shore’s love for vehicular beauty was down a bit from the event’s heyday, the quality of vehicles on-hand couldn’t help but amaze the thousands on hand.

With not a rust-bucket in sight - but a few T-buckets - the Southern California love for automobiles was definitely running full strength. As were charitable organizations that set up shop in Second Street’s median area, along with vendors and the occasional political group.

Here are a few of my favorite cars from the show, cars that caught my eye - not necessarily because they’re the most valuable; just because I liked them.

In this first photo, this Cadillac needs more than a single parking space!

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 1

Maximum capacity - 15 clowns.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 2

Ford's Skyliner hid its top in the trunk.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 3

Not well loved when new, this '66 Chevy Nova is now a car-show winner.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 4

Nothing like a herd of Nash Metropolitans!

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 5

This Great Race contestant drew crowds throughout the day.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 6

This boat-tail racer was situated across the way from another.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 7

This clean Chevy convertible caught my eye.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 8

This Ford Anglia panel van has a Chevy engine.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 9

This Land Rover is back to basics.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 10

This modified Lotus 7 replica entranced parents and children alike.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 11

This replica Cobra started a line of Ford-based cars.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 12

This RHD Riley is in excellent shape!

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 13

This VW bus had many admirers.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 14

VW's Karmann Ghia coupe deserves its own trailer.

Belmont Shores Car Show Celebrates 30 Years 15

Watching interaction between owners and admirers is much of the fun!

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Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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