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We love spring for a multitude of reasons, but mainly for the car shows that start popping up around the country. The sun comes out and so do the classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars. This weekend we stopped by the 22nd Annual Classic Car Show in Seal Beach, California along with about 25,000 other folks. The show features around 500 cars, stretching from PCH to the pier right down the heart of Main Street.

The day includes a pancake breakfast, a running of the local pinewood derby, and a whole lotta' fun. Besides the bands that show up to play everything from swing to rock-and-roll, there were also the sounds of the cars themselves during the periodic cacklefest moments of the day. That's when the show participants are encouraged to start 'em up and stomp the loud pedal. It's quite an earful, especially if you happen to be standing next to one of the dozen or so race cars in attendance, like we did when a vintage Yeakel dragster once piloted by Tom "Mongoose" McEwen dropped the throttle.

Although muscle cars are generally king at these types of gatherings, there are also a number of other classes. Everything from the aforementioned race cars to European classics; from hot rods to Woodies; from customs to boats, bikes and even buses. A great event that puts a big emphasis on wholesome family fun in a quintessentially American way and you can check it out in our massive gallery below.


22nd Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
  • 22nd Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
22nd Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
  • 22nd Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
Party Bus
  • Party Bus
Sprint car
  • Sprint car
Vintage dragsters in cacklefest
  • Vintage dragsters in cacklefest
Yeakel Mongoose dragster
  • Yeakel Mongoose dragster
Jeff Gordan Cup car
  • Jeff Gordan Cup car
'40 Ford Woody wagon
  • '40 Ford Woody wagon
Triumph Wagon
  • Triumph Wagon
'57 Buick Caballero
  • '57 Buick Caballero
1950 Chevy Deluxe Woody wagon
  • 1950 Chevy Deluxe Woody wagon
Ford custom pickup
  • Ford custom pickup
extreme custom mid-engine Ford pickup
  • extreme custom mid-engine Ford pickup
1930 Ford pickup
  • 1930 Ford pickup
Overhaulin' VW bus
  • Overhaulin' VW bus
1949 Autoette CruiseAbout
  • 1949 Autoette CruiseAbout
water rocket
  • water rocket
Even boats at the show
  • Even boats at the show
Von Dutch bikes
  • Von Dutch bikes
putting the rat in rat fink
  • putting the rat in rat fink
Mercedes Gullwing
  • Mercedes Gullwing
Porsche 930 Turbo
  • Porsche 930 Turbo
VW Karmann Ghia
  • VW Karmann Ghia
Delorean
  • Delorean
Packard
  • Packard
'57 Ford Fairlane 500
  • '57 Ford Fairlane 500
'59 Ford Thunderbird
  • '59 Ford Thunderbird
409 Impala
  • 409 Impala
'57 Chevy Bel Air
  • '57 Chevy Bel Air
'62 Olds Starfire
  • '62 Olds Starfire
Joan Crawford Mommie Deaarest Cadillac
  • Joan Crawford Mommie Deaarest Cadillac
Cadillac custom
  • Cadillac custom
Shelby 427 Cobra
  • Shelby 427 Cobra
Dodge Challenger T/A
  • Dodge Challenger T/A
'70 Hemi 'Cuda convertible
  • '70 Hemi 'Cuda convertible
'56 Ford Thunderbird
  • '56 Ford Thunderbird
Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • Ford Mustang Boss 302
Bullitt Mustang
  • Bullitt Mustang
Bullitt Mustang
  • Bullitt Mustang
Documented Hertz Shelby GT350H Mustang
  • Documented Hertz Shelby GT350H Mustang
429 Mercury Cougar
  • 429 Mercury Cougar
'69 Chevy Camaro Z/28
  • '69 Chevy Camaro Z/28
'70 Chevy Chevelle SS
  • '70 Chevy Chevelle SS
Chevy II
  • Chevy II
1973 Pontiac Trans Am
  • 1973 Pontiac Trans Am
'69 Pontiac Firebird
  • '69 Pontiac Firebird
'63 Pontiac Tempest SD and GTOs
  • '63 Pontiac Tempest SD and GTOs
'70 Chevy Chevelle SS
  • '70 Chevy Chevelle SS
Chevy Camaro
  • Chevy Camaro
Charity-raffled Camaro
  • Charity-raffled Camaro
'71 Olds 443 W-30
  • '71 Olds 443 W-30
'54 Chevy Corvette Blue Flame
  • '54 Chevy Corvette Blue Flame
'54 Chevy Corvette Blue Flame
  • '54 Chevy Corvette Blue Flame
wicked custom Corvette
  • wicked custom Corvette
Custom street altered
  • Custom street altered
Customs
  • Customs
killer flames
  • killer flames
classic flathead hot rod
  • classic flathead hot rod
classic big block hot rod
  • classic big block hot rod


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