Rockabilly Car Shows Nearest to Los Angeles

by Heather Seiden

The music of Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Bill Perkins and many others began the style known as rockabilly. The sound is a hybrid of country-western and early rhythm and blues and was prominent in the 1950s. In the 1980s, the rockabilly music and style experienced a resurgence with bands such as the Stray Cats. The style is often marked by the "greaser image" of the 1950s as well as other components of that era.

Ink n Iron Show

The Ink-n-Iron Tattoo and Kustom Culture Festival ( hosts a car show as part of its festivities. The show is in Long Beach and event organizers carefully select the cars that will appear. Cars must be pre-1963, be a hot rod or custom car and must be nostalgic in nature. Past car shows have had more than 200 cars, with 18,000 people viewing the cars on display. In addition to the car show, attendees can get tattoos, listen to live music or browse vendors selling rockabilly items.

Axle Shows

Axle Shows ( hosts rockabilly music and car shows in Riverside and as other locations in the country. Both Axle and his wife Celeste are music deejays in addition to promoting car show events. "Axle's Hot Rod & Rockabilly Party" features vendors and music from top acts on the West Coast.

Pomona Swap Meet

Pomona, in Los Angeles County, schedules the Pomona Swap Meet ( several times each year. The event takes place at the Fairplex and features cars for show and sale. Car parts are also for sale. The swap meet allows the following types of cars: any year Corvette, any year Porsche, pre-1975 Volkswagens, pre-1959 street rods and pre-1975 collector cars. The swap meet can have up to 4,000 cars available for viewing or for sale.

Viva Las Vegas

Making the drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas could be worthwhile for aficionados. The Viva Las Vegas car show ( is one of the largest events of its kind. Cars must be from the pre-1963 era, and past shows have had more than 700 cars on display. In addition to the car show, the show has rockabilly vendors, live music and a burlesque competition.

About the Author

Heather Seiden is a freelance writer and information technology professional residing in Northern California. She has been doing freelance work for over 15 years and her work has appeared in numerous publications including the "Baltimore Sun," "Writer's Digest" and several other publications. Seiden holds a bachelor's degree in political science and mass communications.