Hot Rod Car Shows in West Pennsylvania

by Don Kress
Western Pennsylvania's car show season stretches from January until November.

Western Pennsylvania's car show season stretches from January until November.

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From Erie to Uniontown, western Pennsylvania has a number of major hot rod car shows to keep the custom car bug flowing through your veins throughout the year. Many of these shows feature not only hot rods but also a wide range of classics from the early years of automobile history all the way to custom cars and trucks of today. Some shows have free attendance, and all have a fee for showing your vehicle if you intend to enter it into show competition.

Steel City Rod Run

The Steel City Rod Run ( is organized by the Sacred Piston Car Club in Millvale. The show features food, vendors and a swap meet. The show is located at Millvale Riverfront Park in May. The show is open to all hot rods and customs.

Pennsylvania World of Wheels

Held yearly at the David Lawrence Convention Center in January in Pittsburgh, the World of Wheels ( car show features not only hot rods, but customs, trucks and modified vehicles, as well. Entering your vehicle into competition requires payment of a fee, and spectator admission isn't free, either. The World of Wheels car shows are known for their massive number of vendors, vehicles and activities, so plan spending an entire day at the show.

Grabiac Performance Center Spring Show

In April, Grabiac Chevrolet's performance center in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, hosts the annual spring car show. Although it's a smaller show, you'll find a wide array of hot rods and current customs featured, most notably the new Camaro in high-performance trim. Grabiac Chevrolet Performance Center is located at 8282 Route 22 , New Alexandria, PA 15670. Further information about the show can be obtained by contacting their service department at (866) 521-7661.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 435 Car Show

Held for the past eight years in June, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 435 Car Show ( is held at the Erie Soldiers and Sailors home. Admission and entry are free, though donations are appreciated with all proceeds going to benefit the veterans and the surrounding community.

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