Hobby Car Shows in Pennsylvania

by Clayton Yuetter
Carlisle holds one of the largest spring car shows in Pennsylvania.

Carlisle holds one of the largest spring car shows in Pennsylvania.

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The Pennsylvania summer is filled with hobby car shows, from small, local shows that benefit specific charities and organizations to large, international events that draw a crowd from the entire Northeast and beyond. The hobby car owner and enthusiast can enjoy a lot of great opportunities in The Keystone State.

Northern Pennsylvania Car Shows

The St. Clair Car Show is coupled with a fireworks display that brings in area enthusiasts. More than 40 trophies are awarded, and the first 200 vehicles get dash plaques. The mid-July event benefits the Schuykill Saints teen baseball program. The Port Allegany Car Show occupies a full day in August, with both car and spectator prizes, as well as goodie bags, door prizes, Chinese auction, music and food. The event supports Camp JJ for special-needs children.

Southern Pennsylvania Car Shows

The Carlisle Fairgrounds is one of the biggest meeting places for hobby car enthusiasts in the state. April kicks off the car hobby season with the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral. The event attracts classic cars from all over the Northeast, featuring both a classic car auction and show. Hershey, located near Carlisle, also hosts many hobby car shows throughout the year, such as the National Collector Car Appreciation Day at the Antique Auto Collectors' Association Museum.

Eastern Pennsylvania Car Shows

One of the biggest vehicle events in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia International Auto Show features cars of all makes, models and years, including rare classic cars. Attendees can enjoy the sights of a 1927 Bentley 3 Litre, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham or a 1953 Nash-Healey. The show occurs toward the end of January or the beginning of February. The Mustang Muscle Car Show in Allentown also features cars from Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Proceeds from the show benefit the Nicole Reppert Foundation. The show focuses on Ford vehicles, but is open to all models.

Western Pennsylvania Car Shows

The Laurel Arts Car Cruise is held every July in Somerset. Area residents can show off their classic and custom cars in an event free to the public. Smithton, between Somerset and Pittsburgh, holds the annual UNITY car show at the Motordome Speedway. Proceeds from the event benefit the Unity, A Journey of Hope Foundation, that grants wishes for those in residential hospices. The event occurs in early July and features car shows and entertainment.

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