2017 Bucket List: Car Events
Variety is the spice of life, and we’ve selected some hot stops for your 2017 calendar.
1. Wekfest Hawaii
February 4 | Honolulu, Hawaii
Wekfest has become one of the premier import car shows of the nation, so why not start the year off right with a car show on the beautiful island of Hawaii!? Take a break from the beach to look at some of the island’s best—from modified tuners to elegant VIPs.
2. Daytona 500
February 26 | Daytona, Florida
Racing doesn’t get more American than NASCAR, and the Daytona 500 has created some of the greatest memories in U.S. racing history. #MERICA
3. Amelia Island Concours
Photo: Rashba.com, courtesy of Amelia Island Concours
March 10–12 | Amelia Island, Florida
Put your fancy pants on to rub elbows with the rich and famous in one of the most impressive gatherings of historic cars this side of the Atlantic.
4. 24 Hours of LeMons
April 22–23 | Gingerman Raceway, MI (More dates and locations available)
Endurance racing for $500 is what sparks the shenanigans that make up the 24 Hours of LeMons series. Dubbing themselves a “breeding ground for morons,” you’ll get a serious dose of amusement, regardless of whether you watch or race.
5. Indy 500
Photo: Courtesy of John Cooper Collection
May 28 | Indianapolis, Indiana
History and speed converge at the Brickyard each May for America’s biggest race spectacle.
6. Goldrush Rally
Photo: GoldRush Rally
May 12–20 | Beverly Hills to Seattle to Vegas
Not your Subaru’s rally. More of a multi-city party and less of a race, bring your gold-chrome-wrapped Lamborghini to this one and prepare yourself for a five-star-filled week of over-the-top automotive spectacle.
June 27 | Pikes Peak, Colorado
With what must be the most treacherous 12+ miles of road-turned-race-course, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb is the true test of man and machine.
8. NMRA-NMCA Super Bowl
July 27–30 | Joliet, Illinois
Torque-fueled battles set the stage for this “Super Bowl” of street-legal drag racing with NMRA’s All-Ford series pitting against NMCA’s Muscle Car National, where only one car can end up on top.
9. Speed Week
August 12–18 | Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Before there were racetracks, speed-seekers used the flat, vast surface of the salt beds to reach for the ultimate speed. Each August you’ll find mind-blowing automotive creations continuing to push the limits.
October 31–November 3 | Las Vegas, Nevada
The industry-only car show that everyone wants to be at, SEMA combines trade with car show with the hottest new builds from across the U.S. converging in one place.
Honorable Mention: Burning Man
August 27–September 4 | Black Rock Desert, Nevada
While not a car event, strictly speaking, the creativity that converges on the playa brings with it some outrageous four-wheeled creations that has our interest piqued.