Organizers of the Main Street Reunion Car Show, now in its 11th year, want to make this year’s event the best ever. But, the show already boasts of having 400, pre-1976, vintage cars, all in virtually pristine condition, as well as great food, drink and entertainment for the whole family. Plus, admission is free. How do you top that?
For the Napa Valley Cruisers, who organize Main Street Reunion with the Downtown Napa Association, it was a no brainer. “A Show & Shine event the night before the car show gives everybody another chance to see the cars in more of a party atmosphere,” said Tammy Robinette, president of the Cruisers. “People can check out all the great cars, enjoy something to eat and drink, plus listen to good music too. How great is that?”
The music at Show & Shine, which premieres Friday, August 16th, 5 to 9 p.m., in the Oxbow Public Market parking lot, is provided by the Hot Rod Juke Box Band, a Bay Area oldies band with a reputation for having people on their feet. The cars participating in the car show on Saturday will be able to register early, pick up a couple of goodies unique to Show & Shine, and display their cars. Many of the Napa Valley Cruisers will have their cars on display as well. Enjoy the food there, stop in the Oxbow Public Market or any downtown restaurant before or during, and you’ve got a great Friday Night.
Main Street Reunion Car Show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., August, 17th. Cars are everywhere, lining the streets on First, from Soscol to Franklin, and Main from Pearl to Third, as well as the surrounding streets and parking lots. Vintage automobile aficionados will want to give themselves the whole day to see the cars and talk to the owners. For the people who own, restore and show their cars, this is a labor of love. “There are some amazing cars out there, and owners take a lot of pride in restoring and modifying them into real showpieces. People really appreciate these cars, and it’s a treat to get to share them,” said Mike Phillips, the Napa Valley Cruiser in charge of this year’s show. “I’m also surprised to see how many really great cars there are right here in Napa.”
The show has gained a national reputation. Last year, Dennis Gage, host of Speed TV’s “My Classic Car,” visited Main Street Reunion, and made the show the subject of one episode. It originally aired in the spring, and can still be seen. “I know Main Street is a beautiful show,” said Phillips, “but seeing it on TV made me appreciate it in a whole new way,” said Phillips.
Trophies are a part of every show, but the Cruisers can rightfully claim to offer forty of the best looking awards out there. Last year, Robbie Azevedo and Johnny Stoer created awards modeled on antique gasoline pumps that people loved. “I’m tired of going to shows and getting a plaque with a flat image of the shows logo on it,” said Azevedo of his inspiration for using pumps. “We wanted all the awards to look great, and look great standing next to each other on a table.” Stoer is well known locally for his work as a painter; painting everything from trophies to skateboards to cars. The result of their collaboration was a hit with attendees. “One guy somehow left the show without his award last year,” said Phillips. “We sent him a picture of what he had missed, and he and his wife drove here from Fresno the next weekend just to pick it up.”
The cost to register a car for Main Street Reunion is $35, $40 after August 9th, which also gets you a spot in Friday’s Show & Shine. Applications are available at DoNapa.com, or by calling 257-0322. Hurry – the event is only open to 400 cars and closes when that number is reached. A portion of the proceeds from Show & Shine and Main Street Reunion will be donated to the Pathway Home.
Sponsored by the Napa Downtown Association, Napa Valley Cruisers, Napa Valley Marketplace, Blue Moon Beer, Team Superstores, Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo Bank. Without their generous support, the show would not be available. Visit DoNapa.com for
Show & Shine Car Show Preview August 16th – 5 to 9 p.m.
Main Street Reunion Car Show – August 17th – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hundreds of vintage cars twice!
Sometimes, more is better.