Come on Down to the Car Show


Today is the day to visit the 20th year for the Park Street Classic Car Show Start from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Over 20,000 visitors come to Park Street during the show to not only view the great cars we have, but to spend time in all the restaurants and stores that are open during the show,” said Robb Ratto, executive director of the Park Street Business Association. “Many of the [area’s] stores and restaurants offer specials throughout the day.”

Organizers say that, as in past year, the free event will include more than 400 vintage vehicles, like antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods and muscle cars—and plenty of fun. A large number of the classic cars set to be on display during Saturday’s event were made in the 1950s and 1960s, but muscle cars from the ’70s along with fun four-wheelers from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s will be shown.

The event also features entertainment, like DJs spinning oldies, and prizes.

Most car owners bring their vintage vehicles come back to the Alameda event year after year, Ratto says. Many of the car enthusiasts live in the Bay Area, but classic autos come from as far away as towns like Incline Village, too.

For those looking to enjoy some two-wheeled fun, Alameda Bicycle is hosting a classic bike show. Community members are invited to show off their low-rider cruisers, vintage road bikes and other classics in the area by the shop (at 1522 Park).

Also, Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery, which just opened its doors, will share the exhibit “Transported,” which creatively celebrates cars, trains, motorcycles, bikes and other modes of movement. (The art show opens from 6-9 p.m. on Friday at 1419 Park Street.)

Pets in need of water during the event can drop by Dog Bone Alley, the official watering station for four-legged visitors during the event.

Janet Levaux