Hot Cars and Cool Nights in Seaside – Norcal Car Show Scene
The NorCal Car Show Scene is happenin’ in the summer. You could probably hit 5-6 shows a week if you’re willing to fight traffic. If you happen to live in California’s Monterey Bay and you haven’t been out to the Hot Cars & Cool Nights in Seaside show on Broadway Avenue, you’re somewhat in luck. There is one last event in Seaside this summer so if you’re feeling adventurous, your cruise will be rewarded.
Happening every fourth Friday of the month, July 22nd is the last time that downtown will be shut down for a muscle car takeover. If you can’t make it, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. We were out and about during their first Friday of the year and have plenty of shots from the show.
It was a well-run, laid back event full of amazing classics NorCal Car Show Scene style. The mix of what drives in is fantastic and the quality of the builds was next-level. For a cruise-in style event, this is the place to be. Everything from ‘40s coupes to ‘70s muscle, resto mods and restorations were parked in the quaint downtown area.
We even spotted an old school Datsun 510 wearing a widebody as well as what appears to be a lemonade stand on wheels. With over 100 cars to check out, there’s definitely no shortage of details to take in.
Beyond the cars, the people are really what make the NorCal Car Show Scene special. We spotted a couple with matching jackets; that is, their jackets matched their cars. Both cars were beautifully built and it’s always invigorating to come across people like this who truly love their classics.
Shows like this are always a family affair and it’s always great to see young kids taking an interest in classic muscle. There’s just something about them and there hasn’t been a generation yet that doesn’t love them.
We were stoked to see such a big turnout at the Gold Coast Rod’s first event of the year. With a food truck dinner and plenty of sights and scenes to take in downtown, nothing was missing.
Otis, the president of Gold Coast Rods and the chief organizer of the event even raffled off prizes that were donated from local businesses.
Otis also talked up what’s slated to be the first Gators & Rods car show on July 28th at El Torito Restaurant on Cannery Row which, as you can see, is open to all pre-72 makes and models. It’s a benefit for a local baseball team and if this show in Seaside was any indication, this other event is one to put on the calendar for sure.
With everyone busy checking their raffle tickets at the booth with Otis, it was the perfect time to get up close and personal with some cars that were otherwise surrounded.
Cars like this big body Riviera, a car that we’ll never get to see the likes of again. This is why these local cruise-ins and car shows are so important. We’re all about preserving the love for classic cars and car enthusiasts alike.
With the ground shaking and the ocean breeze blowing the scent of spent fuel down Broadway, it was the perfect evening out.