Special Collection of “Cackle” Restored Dragsters Among More Than 2,000 Vintage Vehicles on Display, Along With 80 Southern California Car Clubs
COSTA MESA, CA (January 9, 2019) – Adam Carolla, the multi-talented comedian, television and radio personality, host of a record-setting podcast and passionate car collector has been named as grand marshal of the third annual Classic Auto Show, taking place March 16-17, 2019 at the OC Fair & Event Center.
During his special appearance at the Classic Auto Show, Carolla will treat guests to a display of vehicles from his treasured personal collection, participate in an interview from the show’s celebrity stage and meet fans.
Carolla, whose popular self-titled podcast has earned recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records as host of the most-downloaded podcast in existence. That devotion to all-things-cars has extended to feature films, where he’s spearheaded the inspirational documentary WINNING: THE RACING LIFE OF PAUL NEWMAN; and THE 24 HOUR WAR, which documents the battle between Ford and Ferrari in the 1960’s for dominance at Le Mans.
Motorsports fans--especially those with a passion for the history of drag racing--will be treated to a one-of-a-kind grouping of “cackle” cars from Steve Gibbs and his team at Nitro Revival. On Saturday, March 16, fans will get to see a live push start a of eight impeccably restored nitro dragsters, led by the famed “Swamp Rat 3.” Designed, built and originally driven by “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Swamp Rat 3 was among the first chrome moly tubing cars to be developed by “Big Daddy,” the first drag racer to officially surpass quarter-mile marks of 170, 180, 240, 250, and 270 mph. Swamp Rat 3 is currently owned and driven by Sonny Messner of Acton, California.
“We are so thrilled to add a push start cackle feature to the show,” said Classic Auto Show Senior Vice President Mike Carlucci. “Our new location with outdoor space is one of the reasons we made the decision to move, so we could bring our fans more LIVE experiences.”
From its new location, the eagerly awaited third annual Classic Auto Show will feature more than 2,000 vintage vehicles and special displays by 80 Southern California car clubs, collectors, and automotive museums from Ventura to San Diego.
The Classic Auto Show will provide guests with a first-hand look at all types of antiques and pre/post war to the hot rods, muscle cars, lowriders and Japanese imports that personify Southern California’s iconic car culture, the two-day festival will feature an all-new “40 Shades of Green” collection to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. The show will also be highlighted by the popular Grand Boulevard, a stunning display of the finest and rarest classic and historic vehicles from all eras.
Automotive celebrities and dignitaries including Dave Kindig, Wayne Carini, Mark Worman, Mike Finnegan, Bogi Lateiner, and Lyn St. James will make special appearances at the Classic Auto Show’s Celebrity Stage, sharing perspectives, expertise and memories. Presiding over the celebrity stage will be Mark Greene, host of the popular podcast “Cars Yeah” and the newly launched “Cars Yeah TV” on MAV TV Motorsports Network.
In addition, a dedicated marketplace with more than 200 exhibitors will offer show-goers a first-hand look at the latest parts, products and services.
The Classic Auto Show is supported by event sponsors Akzo Nobel, 3M, Hagerty, Meguiar’s, Original Parts Group (OPG), Kicker, Car Capsule, Tub O’ Towels, Ronald McDonald House of Central Valley, Airstream, and more. Media sponsors include Hemmings Motor News, Sports Car Market, MotorHead Media (Racing Junk.com), Old Cars Weekly, AutaBuy, Auto Round-Up, Epoch Times, Auto Trader, Petersen Automotive Museum, Automobile Driving Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, California Automotive Museum, Southern California Newspaper Group, KTLA, KUSI, Los Angeles magazine, among others.
About The Classic Auto Show
The Classic Auto Show with events in Southern California and Chicago is presented by LeftField Media, a division of Clarion Events. Clarion Events Global Auto Portfolio produces events in the U.K., South Africa and U.S. including The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, Race Retro, Classic Car and Restoration Show, among others. LeftField Media is a boutique events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion.
Jeff Perlman Brad Speers