This year's Chicago Auto Show should be even bigger than last year despite dropouts

Thanks to your suggestions, we added a Google Calendar after the jump so you can bookmark it and constantly receive updates as we add them. We appreciate all of your input and hope you find our calendar a useful tool. We also appreciate your comments listing events we might have overlooked or that are just near-and-dear to your hearts. Event cancellation notices are also greatly appreciated.

Highlights for February include the Chicago Auto Show, which we will be covering obsessively from McCormick Place; the kickoff of the NASCAR and NHRA seasons with the Daytona 500 and the Winternationals, respectively; and the RetroMobile show in Paris. There's plenty of other fun stuff scheduled all over the country and indeed around the world.

As always, we want to give a shout-out to our two favorite sources; The New York Times automotive calendar for national and international stuff, and for local stuff here in Southern California, our buddy Dave Lindsay's SoCalCarCulture pages. Dave's photographic coverage of these local events is fantastic. So check out the February event calendar we put together for you after the jump and start adding to it. Happy Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day to everyone as well!


FEBRUARY 2008

2 Happy Groundhog's Day
4-8 Washington, D.C. - Washington Auto Show - Walter E. Washington Convention Center
5-8 Portland, OR - Portland International Auto Show - Oregon Convention Center
5-8 Pomona, CA - NHRA 49th Annual Winternationals - Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
6 San Diego, CA - Hot Rod Sock Hop - San Diego Automotive Museum Balboa Park - 6PM - 8P
6-8 Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Autorama
6-8 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - RM Auctions: Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
6-15 Paris, France - RetroMobile - Porte de Versailles
7 Daytona Beach, FL - NASCAR Sprint Cup: Budweiser Shootout - Daytona Speedway
12-22 Chicago, IL - Chicago Auto Show - McCormick Place
13-14 Honolulu, HI - Kruse Hawaii Collector Car Auction
13-15 Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show - Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
14 Happy Valentine's Day
15 Daytona Beach, FL - NASCAR Sprint Cup: Daytona 500 - Daytona Speedway
15 San Diego, CA - Cars and Coffee in the Park - San Diego Automotive Museum Balboa Park - 7AM - 9AM
19-22 Zephyrhills, FL - Zephyrhills Winter AutoFest
20-21 Oklahoma City, OK - Leake Car Auction - Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.
20-22 Boca Raton, FL - Boca Raton Concours - Boca Raton Resort and Club
20-22 Palm Springs, CA - McCormick's Exotic Car Auction - The Spa Resort Casino
20-22 Fontana, CA - NASCAR: Stater Bros. 300; San Bernardino County 200, Auto Club 500 - Auto Club Speedway
21-22 Jupiter, FL - Battery Beach Burnout - Florida Atlantic University
23 Westminster London, UK - Electric Vehicles: Advanced Battery Technology - 9:30am – 4:30pm
2/25-3/1 Rochester, NY - Rochester International Auto Show - Rochester Riverside Convention Center
2/28-3/1 Palm Springs, CA - Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance - O'Donnell Golf Club