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This is a fantastic local show with great cars, super venue and a fun crowd. We will be back next year !

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The 15th Annual American Iron Car Show was held on a warm and sunny Sunday in downtown Pleasant Hill CA.

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15th Annual American Iron Car Show August 14, 2016 Pleasant Hill CA
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This is the second year No Limits has attended the American Iron Car Show put on by the Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation Department. This show is local to us and we had so much fun last year we went back.  The show is held in downtown Pleasant Hill on a street called Crescent Drive. This crescent shaped (of course !) street is in the heart of the entertainment area of downtown. The Cinemark Theater is on one end and in between are shops, coffee houses, restaurants and (perfect on a hot day) frozen Yogurt shops.


Registered cars started to queue up around 7:00 AM and the staff began letting cars in around 7:30. The show actually runs from 10 AM to 3 PM. We went to a spot we had seen last year which promised shade in the afternoon, pulled in, set up our folding chairs and watched the rest of the entries drive in. The quality of cars was just fantastic. We saw ‘32 roadsters, some well presented cars from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s, as well as a couple of “gasser” style drag cars and a lot of sweet Chevy’s – Novas, Camaros, Chevelles and El Caminos. Ford lovers had fun with Fairlanes, Mustangs, Rancheros and a super neat 58 Ranch Wagon.


After we toured the show several times (and found some great cars that will be featured in subsequent issues) we settled back and enjoyed people watching, talking cars with the folks we were parked with and showing off our 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 to the crowd. One great moment occurred when a father and his 5 year old son were checking out the 442. I told the dad that ,if he wanted, he could open the driver’s door and let his boy sit in. Well, it didn’t take long before the kid was in car heaven. I told his dad that now his son is a confirmed car nut for the rest of his life. That kid wanted to sit in every car they passed !!

Around 2:30, the Parks people announced the winner of the voting by registrants for Best Car of the 20’s, 30’s 40’s 50’s, 60’s 70’s and Best in Show. These cars were selected by the registered exhibitors and we all did a good job.  The general public also got to vote on some funny awards – like best beach car; car you would not want your daughter to have a date in, and others.  There was something for everyone.

For those of us living in the Bay Area, this show falls nicely after Hot August Nights in Reno and the big Goodguys Nationals at month end. It’s local, run well and lots of fun.  We’ll be back again next year.

To see all the photos we took at the show - click here


The cars park on Crescent Drive with lots of room and plenty of shops

How about a couple of D/Gassers

That 'Cuda Gasser has a supercharged "slant six" way cool !

We all gathered at 2:30 to heard the award winners