ROUND TWO

THE CLAS­SIC AUTO SHOW RE­TURNS TO L.A.

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY KEVIN AGUILAR PHO­TOS BY JOE AND KEVIN AGUILAR

The Clas­sic Auto Show Re­turns to L.A.

THE WEST COAST has long been known as a cus­tom car mecca. With the fa­mous Route 66 end­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, it brought trav­el­ers to the area in cars and trucks. For res­i­dents, ve­hi­cles are more like a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their iden­tity since they spend on av­er­age more time be­hind the wheel than driv­ers in any other city.

With an abun­dance of ve­hi­cles in the re­gion, many are cus­tom­ized. Given the fact that

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia is so rich with cus­tom cars and trucks, Los An­ge­les is the per­fect place to throw a de­cent-sized show. In 2017, The Clas­sic Auto Show part­nered with Ve­loc­ity chan­nel and held its in­au­gu­ral event at the L.A. Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, and it was an in­stant hit.

First-time shows usu­ally have some kinks to work out, and this one was no dif­fer­ent. After the 2017 event, the team learned from the ex­pe­ri­ence and made plans to go even big­ger. For the first year, the Clas­sic Auto Show was con­tained on one floor of the con­ven­tion cen­ter. For 2018, the show ex­panded with two lev­els jam-packed with breath-tak­ing cus­toms. Dur­ing the week­end of March 2-4, there were more than 1,000 clas­sic ve­hi­cles and 30,000 spec­ta­tors in at­ten­dance. Since it was a wet week­end, this was the per­fect way to stay dry and en­joy some wicked rides.

As if that wasn’t enough to get you mo­ti­vated to fight down­town traf­fic, there were ap­pear­ances by plenty of well­known au­to­mo­tive celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Chip Foose, Dave Kindig of “Bitchin’ Rides,” Mike Brewer of “Wheeler Deal­ers,” Don­ald Os­borne the clas­sic car ap­praiser and host of “As­sess & Ca­ress with Don­ald Os­borne” on Jay Leno’s Garage, and Wayne Carini of “Chas­ing Clas­sic

Cars.” New faces also in­cluded Stacey David of “Stacey David’s Gearz,” Den­nis Gage of “My Clas­sic Car,” Bogi Lateiner and Rachel De­bar­ros of “All Girls Garage,” Kevin Mack and Mike “Horny Mike” Henry of “Count’s Kus­toms” and “Count­ing Cars,” and pro­fes­sional wrestler and au­to­mo­bile afi­cionado

Bill Gold­berg.

We were im­pressed with the ex­pan­sion of the event for 2018 and had a blast check­ing out all there was to see. It was an­other suc­cess­ful year for the show, and it has been an­nounced that 2019’s event will be held on March 23-24 at the same lo­ca­tion. For more info, visit The­clas­si­cau­toshow.com.

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