After you buff and wax your old 1967 Chevy or 1930s-era Ford pickup truck, you will need a place to show it off -- a place where other auto aficionados talk shop with you, trading compliments and information as you gather together, pulled by the force of your love for classic cars. In and around Sycamore, Illinois, there are enough annual car shows to suit any vintage automobile lover.
Fizz Ehrler Memorial Car Show
One of the largest events in the area takes place annually in Sycamore on the last full weekend of July, during its Turning Back Time Weekend. The Fizz Ehrler Memorial Car Show usually has anywhere from 600 to 1,000 cars registered. The Saturday night before the show, attendees prep their cars on Main Street during a cruise night event. Then, on Sunday, all the cars are parked and ready for ogling along the intersection of Rt. 64 and Somonauk Road. The hours of the show are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DeKalb,Illinois, is just 15 minutes away. The Corn Fest that's held there every August includes a car fest that costs $10 to enter with a classic vehicle. Spectators get in free. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the show runs until 3:30 p.m. Onlookers vote on their favorite cars in the afternoon, and at the end of the show prizes are given out. Door gifts for the first 100 registrants as they enter. The grounds are located at 1586 Barber Greene Road.
Crusaders Car Show
The Crusaders group holds a show in DeKalb earlier in the year at Katz Park, which is a large skate park on West Dresser Road. Each May, about 80 to 100 cars line the park with motors bared and fins waxed. There's a picnic area for spectators and awards are given at the end of the day, including prizes for best in show, best restoration and best modification.
Wicked Wheels Weekend
Less than an hour southeast in Sandwich, Illinois, the annual Wicked Wheels Weekends takes place every January at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites, located at 3300 Drew Ave. Unlike classic car shows, this event is open to cars and motorcycles of every make, model and year. If there's something special about your car, you are welcome to enter it into the competition. There are also multiple vendors and booths to give spectators more information and sell their specialty wares.
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