Celebrating everything from classic muscle cars to contemporary kings of the highway, the National City Chamber of Commerce hosted the 26th Annual National City Automobile Heritage Day & Car Show Saturday at Kimball Park.
Honoring the past and paving the way for the next generation of car gazers, the yearly event brings the community together for an appreciation of the automotive arts and an excuse to shake hands with their neighbors.
Beyond the dozens of cars in attendance, food vendors and local sponsors kept the party going in between rounds of vehicular voyeurism.
For the kids, Hot Topic brought out a few buckets of color and a sedan for the little future artists to paint on. For the adults, live music from local artists and bands, as well as tasty barbecue and kettle corn, kept toes tapping and people smiling.
Artists such as The Emotions, Frankie Avalon, and The Chantels transported anyone within an earshot to a simpler time and a familiar feeling.
While rows upon rows of cars sprawled across the large field, a few veterans of the classic car circuit garnered more attention than others.
Car enthusiast David Hernandez enjoyed the festival with his family, admiring hard bodies from over a century old.
“There’s something about coming out to appreciate the designs from back in the days,” Hernandez said. “My father owned similar cars, so when I take my boys out here, it’s like I’m showing them a part of my history. It’s like keeping the memory alive through them.”
Rocking the soulful sounds of the golden oldies, a black 1950 Cadillac Coupe Deville by the name of “Mr. JukeBox Caddy” drew in the crowds with its loud speaker sitting atop the engine.
The event ran from late morning to the early afternoon with smiles brighter than a chrome hubcap. While not the biggest automotive festival in the world, the community definitely appreciated the fun and excitement that the car show brought to their world.
All photos by Chris Haworth