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Blackhawk Museum's Car Show

Automotive enthusiasts come together at the Blackhawk Museum’s Father’s Day Car Show.


Collectibles, hot rods, and classic vehicles—such as this 1940s Willys pickup—wow spectators at the event.

Photos by Andrew Warren of the Blackhawk Museum

Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Vintage Bentleys and Jaguars. Classic American muscle cars. Newer high-performance BMWs and older workhorse Datsun 510s. Each car lover has his or her own distinctive automotive tastes—and there’s something to thrill all of them at the Blackhawk Museum’s Father’s Day Car Show on June 17. 

Previous Blackhawk auto shows have featured as many as 1,400 cars—new and old, in varying conditions—including such rare vehicles as a 1911 Buick and a 1925 Rover. Everyone is invited to register a car in the expo (for a fee), and the museum may even bring out some historic automobiles from its vaunted collection for the Father’s Day event. 

While the show takes place outside—in the plaza adjacent to the museum and in the parking lot in front of Anthropologie—attendees would be remiss if they didn’t check out the 55 pristine machines on display in the auto gallery, ranging from a 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, to a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500, to Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s custom 1937 Lincoln Zephyr. Dads receive free museum admission on Father’s Day, and kids ages six and under always get in free. 

Race cars, such as Ferraris, and vintage muscle cars, including Shelby Mustangs, are usually on view.

To make the day truly memorable, the Blackhawk Museum has partnered with Scott’s Catering to offer a special Father’s Day brunch in the automotive gallery, where guests can ogle the antique vehicles while sipping champagne and dining on scrumptious fare. (Brunch tickets should be purchased in advance.)

Ultimately, though, the Father’s Day Car Show is about bringing automotive aficionados together to revel in their shared passion. “It’s a car event, but it’s also a great community activity,” says Timothy McGrane, the Blackhawk Museum’s executive director. “You can have an 18-year-old next to a senior person, and they both like cars, and they get talking about it. … It’s not just a car show. It’s a gathering.”

The Blackhawk Museum gives awards  to the show’s most impressive cars. This 1936 Ford Phaeton Roadster was a top contender last year.

The Blackhawk Museum’s Father’s Day Car Show takes place from 8 a.m. to roughly 12 p.m. on June 17. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit blackhawkmuseum.org/fathersday.

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