Rev up with antique car shows, cruises and auctions

The New Hope Auto Show takes place on August 9 and 10. (Photo via Facebook)

What has four wheels, an engine and could arguably make you look pretty cool? Okay, I’ll tell: these vintage and antique cars that are on display (or up for auction) at car shows. It’s not exclusive to just old-school vehicles, either. All makes, models and years of various rods will be up for your viewing pleasure.

A multi-day auction and viewing affair takes place at Harrisburg, PA’s Farm Show Complex and Expo Center from Thursday, July 24 through Saturday, July 26. Gates to the Harrisburg Collector Car Auction open at 8 a.m. each day of the event, where potential buyers and spectators alike can view 1000 cars like a 1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 or a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible.

The following day’s auction, still at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is the Harrisburg Motorcycle Auction on Sunday, July 27. Gates still open at 8 a.m. for appreciators of the 200 bikes they’ll have in the expo center.

Area residents’ cars are on display at the Historic Smithville, NJ Car Cruise, held on the Historic Smithville Village Green. Bring your own vintage whip or just take a peek at the others: the next bimonthly event takes place on Friday, July 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vehicles from trucks to drag cars will be available for to view at Washington Township High School on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet racers, play games, win prizes and more at the Sewell, NJ school.

During the Moonlight Memories show, you’ll get to see over 500 specialty cars and trucks lit by the soft light of the moon. The hundreds of cars will line York Road in Hatboro, PA from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

To get car lovers into gear for the main event, New Hope, PA welcomes drivers of all cars to cruise through the streets of Bucks County for the Road Rally for the New Hope Automobile Show. All licensed and insured drivers who wish to participate should meet at the New Hope-Solebury High School at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 27.

Over 140 antique, show, custom and muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display between Broad and Dickinson Streets during the East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival. Between noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, visitors can check out the cars, frequent some of the vendors, listen to live performances and stay for the awards at 4:30 p.m.—whose categories include Best Modified, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best 50's Custom, among others.

Cars that are at least 25 years old will compete in the Wildwood Crest Antique, Classic and Hot Rod Car Show on Saturday, August 2. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wildwood, NJ these hot rods will be shown with awards to come at the end of the event.

Speaking of the New Hope Automobile Show, the two-day affair takes place at the New Hope-Solebury High School on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10. Some of the top classic and vintage vehicles will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.