Every weekend in Southern California brings with it the opportunity to hit multiple auto shows and events.  Lucky for us here at iDriveSoCal we have the Professor, Clinton Quan, helping to identify exceptional events that he fancies as his favorites.

Just like we identified The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June, in this iDriveSocal podcast, we bring you The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows.  Click play below and enjoy scrolling through the picture gallery from the previous events we think you should hit this year.

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Recorded August 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

Top SoCal Auto Shows in September

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal The Podcast, all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, southern California. Tom Smith here with our good buddy, The Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Clinton Quan: Hey Tom. How do?

Tom Smith: As you turn your phone off, what was that?

Clinton Quan: I don’t know.

Tom Smith: Were you just playing a video or something? Alright. Phones are off. We’re podcasting now. This is official.

Many people are on the edge of their seats waiting to hear what we have to say, sitting in their cars in Southern California traffic, perhaps traffic in other parts of the country, other parts of the world, maybe. I don’t know. But at any rate, thank you for joining us. And professor, thanks for coming on again.

“September, we have a similar situation… we are calling this The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dun, dun, dun, dun!”

Today’s podcast is about events happening hereabouts the Southern California area in September. And if you have been listening to iDriveSoCal for a few months now, you heard us talk about The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. Dun, dun, dun, dun!

And that little dun, dun, dun, dun sound, that’s a little bit of an inside joke. You can go back and listen to that podcast. It’s not really, it’s just whatever. I did that and then I said I was going to put a sound effect in and I never did. I just left it. So there you have it. It’s really not that funny I suppose.

Tom Smith: But The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June was basically the product of Clinton, The Professor, Quan constantly saying how excited he was for the month of June because there are so many awesome auto shows in the southern California area in the month of June. Right?

Awesome Auto Show June

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Just rattle those off again real quick because you know them off the top of your head.

Clinton Quan: Rev Auto at Sherwood Country Club in West Lake Village.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: San Marino Motorcar Classic at Lacy Park.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

Tom Smith: Big one.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, that’s on Father’s Day.

Tom Smith: Yeah, Father’s Day every year.

Clinton Quan: And then The Highway Earth Car Show.

Tom Smith: Okay. So that’s June and those are some of The Professor’s top auto shows to hit.

“Well, you know sonny, I remember back in the day when we used to put this liquid [called gas] in a tank…”

Clinton Quan: And also the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show, which wiped out the first weekend in Chino Hills out of Boys Republic. I knew I forgot one show.

Tom Smith: So those are The Professor’s auto shows to hit every June.

Clinton Quan: Every June.

Tom Smith: Now September, we have a similar situation, but we are calling this The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Dun, dun, dun, dun! The suspense. So ridiculous. But Professor Quan…

I call him The Professor because he keeps his finger on the pulse of everything coming out of all the manufacturers, whether it be imports, domestic, luxury, exotics, et cetera, everything. Big automotive enthusiast. Literally, his Instagram handle is, what is it? @socalautoenthusiast?

Clinton Quan: @socalautoenthusiast, yes.

Tom Smith: @socalautoenthusiast, lots of beautiful pictures there, many of those he shares with us and you can see them on iDriveSoCal.

Family-Friendly Fun

So this podcast is about The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. And we have a good list of shows that we’re going to talk about here. We’re going to possibly…

I think I’m going to hit one or two as well, possibly with you. And then Professor’s definitely going to hit them, and then we’re going to cover them as well.

But you, Mr. And Mrs. Podcast Listener, you should hit these auto shows as well because they’re good family-friendly fun and they’re cool things, right? I mean there’s, we’re talking works of art that are on wheels.

And with the future of mobility, who knows? Who knows when these things are going to be like, “Well you know sonny, I remember back in the day when we used to put this liquid in a tank and there was a gas tank,” and it’s all electric.

“…there’s not a whole lot of car shows that are really dedicated primarily to Japanese classic cars.”

It’s all flying cars, whatever. You know, Jetsons around and landing our cars on the little platform and it folds up into a suitcase. Right? Just like George Jetson.

So, a heck of an intro. Huh?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: If you’re still listening, thank you so much. Mom, I know you’re probably the only one. The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. That’s what we’re calling it, right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Dun, dun, dun, dun! Take it away, Professor. What do we have?

Japanese Classic Car Show

Clinton Quan: Well, the first one is the Japanese Classic Car Show, and it’s in its 14th year, and this year it’s going to take place at a brand new location in Long Beach. It’s been in Long Beach before at the park adjacent to the Queen Mary, but this year they’re moving it to Marina Green Park, a more centralized location in Long Beach.

With the expanded number of vehicles they’ve had over the years and they’ve really outgrown the previous location. And this is one of my very favorite car shows, and there’s not a whole lot of car shows that are really dedicated primarily to Japanese classic cars.

Clinton Quan: So if you’re a fan of Japanese classic cars and even if you’re not a fan of Japanese classic cars, but you like Japanese cars because you’ll get to see some of the newer cars as well, this is definitely a show to check out.

“One of my very favorite Japanese classic cars is the Toyota 2000GT… it’s worth about one million dollars.”

Tom Smith: So are… I mean Japanese cars came to the United States… Japanese cars were in Japan long before they came to the United States, right?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: So are these cars that were never actually produced and driven here originally?

Clinton Quan: Well, you’re going to see both. You’re going to see cars that weren’t originally here in the US and you’re going to see cars that were here originally in the US.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: So you’re going to get a little bit of everything, but you’re going to see some amazing cars. One of my very favorite Japanese classic cars is the Toyota 2000GT, and usually, they’ll have at least one or two of those on hand. And that car right now, it’s worth about one million dollars.

Featuring Toyota 2000GT

Tom Smith: Really?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Wait a minute.

Clinton Quan: Any car that’s in…

Tom Smith: So this isn’t the year 2000. This is a vehicle that was called the Toyota 2000 GT.

Clinton Quan: Correct. It’s a car that’s called the Toyota 2000 GT, and it was only produced for a few years. There was one that was actually featured, I forget which one it was, but it was, I forget which James Bond film it was, but it was in a classic James Bond film.

Tom Smith: Sean Connery?

Clinton Quan: I believe it was Sean Connery. It must’ve been-

Tom Smith: Is it that one random guy that-

Clinton Quan: It must’ve been Sean Connery.

“…you’re gonna see a lot of Nissans and Datsuns, usually Honda, Mazda, Toyota. They also bring out some newer vehicles as well.”

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I’m pretty sure it was Sean Connery.

Tom Smith: I like Daniel Craig a lot, but Sean Connery for a long time-

Clinton Quan: Well, this is the classic film. So it had to been… I’m pretty sure it was Sean Connery.

Tom Smith: There was at one random guy though with a little bit of-

Clinton Quan: George Lazenby?

Tom Smith: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Clinton Quan: I think that was Casino Royale.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: So it wasn’t that one.

Tom Smith: I wasn’t a fan of that guy.

Clinton Quan: No, I wasn’t a fan.

Tom Smith: Yeah. I don’t think we’re alone in that. Thus the reason for him doing one James Bond movie, right?

Clinton Quan: Yes, that’s absolutely correct.

Tom Smith: So the 2000 GT, what years was this car being made? I’ve never heard of a Japanese car being worth a million bucks.

Clinton Quan: I believe that was what? 1967 to 1969 if I remember correctly.

All About Japanese Imports

Tom Smith: Okay. And did you say there was only a handful of them made?

Clinton Quan: Well there was a small number. I don’t know off the top of my head how many, but it’s pretty limited in production and they only made it for about a few years.

Tom Smith: Sports car, performance car, track worthy kind of thing?

Clinton Quan: It is known as Japan’s first supercar and when you look at this car, you think Jaguar.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: It’s a beautiful car. It’s got a long hood.

Tom Smith: Kind of compare it to when Ford decided to put out the GT?

“…Toyota and BMW, they worked on the vehicles together and the Z4 was just recently released.”

Clinton Quan: To compete against Ferrari? Yeah.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: And then yeah, this was considered the first Japanese supercar.

Tom Smith: Alright, very cool.

Clinton Quan: And you’re gonna see a lot of Nissans and Datsuns, usually Honda, Mazda, Toyota. They also bring out some newer vehicles as well.

Tom Smith: Subaru bring anything?

Clinton Quan: You’ll see Subaru’s there as well.

Tom Smith: And now Mitsubishi’s Japanese as well.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, Mitsubishi is Japanese and they will have Mitsubishi’s there as well.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, you’re getting a full range.

Tom Smith: Do you think we’re missing? Maybe the luxury side?

Clinton Quan: Other than the luxury brands, yes. One year I saw the new Lexus LC. I guess that must have been last year.

Tom Smith: Right.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. So you’ve got Lexus, Acura, you’ll see the first generation NSX.

Tom Smith: Since we’re on the topic, the new Toyota Supra, you and I have talked about that a little bit. We got to carry on to the rest of these auto shows, but-

New Toyota Supra?

Clinton Quan: I am really looking forward to seeing-

Tom Smith: Do you think you’ll get a glimpse of that there?

Clinton Quan: That’s definitely a possibility. I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought that out.

Tom Smith: Alright, ladies and gents. There you go. You want to see the new Toyota Supra, which definitely has The Professor excited, myself as well. That’s a special vehicle that Toyota is going to be putting back out. Do we know anything about it?

Clinton Quan: I believe it’s going to be smaller and lighter than the last generation,I don’t know, I haven’t heard anything on the specifications on it. But I’m thinking it would be a competitor to the current Nissan Z, but I can’t say for certain. I know Toyota and BMW, they worked on the vehicles together and the Z4 was just recently released.

“I won a set of wheels, the grand prize, Enkei wheels worth $800.”

Tom Smith: Okay. So you think it’s going to be that? Okay. Well, we’ll see when it comes out.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I would say it would be a direct competitor to the current Nissan Z.

Tom Smith: But not the Nissan GTR?

Clinton Quan: No, that’s a whole other level.

Tom Smith: I’d love to see…

Clinton Quan: Horsepower.

Tom Smith: I know. I’d love to see something in that vein.

Clinton Quan: Yes. Oh, I would be surprised if it had that much horsepower. Yeah.

Tom Smith: I’m guessing that it won’t, but Toyota as a company has the bandwidth to put out something like that.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Oh absolutely.

Tom Smith: It just seems they ought to. But whatever. What do I know? I just have a little podcast called iDriveSoCal. Okay. So the Japanese Classic Car Show, that is a Long Beach event that’s happening Saturday, September 15th. Yeah?

Professor’s Love of Swag

Clinton Quan: Yes. Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It’s a great family event. You’ll see lots of kids there. They also have some amazing raffle prizes. I think I’ve won something for the past three years.

Tom Smith: Hit me up about some of the stuff that gets you excited. Like, oh yeah, raffle prizes. You have won some pretty crazy stuff.

Clinton Quan: I won a set of wheels, the grand prize, Enkei wheels worth $800.

Tom Smith: Okay, well there you go. So all of these events are, of course, on the events page of idrivesocal.com. Click on events.

“There will be exotics, there will be sports cars and classic cars, a little bit of everything”

You can find them all and others as well. But moving on, The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Is that what we’re calling it?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: The Professor’s, yes, that’s what we’re calling it. The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows, dun, dun, dun, dun!

Clinton Quan: So moving on to the following weekend, Sunday, September 23rd, also 9:00 to 3:00. Now, this show is a free one, The Montecito Motor Classic. The Japanese Classic Car Show admission, I believe that’s $15 for the other show. And this will take place in Santa Barbara County in the Village of Montecito.

Montecito Motor Classic

Tom Smith: Okay. And what kind of rides are we gonna have here? Obviously primarily old stuff being a “classic.”

Clinton Quan: Yes, there will be classic cars. I always see a lot of sports cars as well. Ferrari’s Porsche’s.

Tom Smith: When I hear the motor classic, I think borderline Concours d’Elegance. Is that the case in this situation?

Clinton Quan: You could say that it is a judged show. There are awards.

Tom Smith: Oh it is? Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yes, there are awards. Yes.

Tom Smith: But it’s going to be primarily older stuff and exotics? Is that accurate?

“…the Model T, there was so many of them made back in the day that it’s actually a pretty available vehicle for what it is.”

Clinton Quan: There will be exotics, there will be sports cars and classic cars, a little bit of everything.

Tom Smith: So some newer sports cars as well we might see?

Clinton Quan: Yes. You might see some newer sports cars as well.

Tom Smith: Alright.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, and this will take place on the streets of Montecito. And there’s a theme every year and this year they’re doing, let’s see, it’s Porsche. I’m not sure how they came up with this.

So there’s going to be a good number of Porsche’s. And also the Ford Model A which, I guess that was the, I believe the successor to the Model T.

Tom Smith: The successor?

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I think it was made between 1927 to 1931, I believe.

Tom Smith: I would’ve thought the Model A was a predecessor.

Clinton Quan: Predecessor is before, right? You were saying the Model A is the predecessor? Is that what you’re saying?

Tom Smith: Yeah. Model A comes before Model T?

Clinton Quan: Well, you know how these things go. They don’t always go in in alpha or numerical order.

Ford Model T

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Alright.

Clinton Quan: I believe it came after. Yeah, because the Model T was before that. Yes.

Tom Smith: Interesting sidebar on the model T, and I actually learned this from the head docent, that’s not his official title, I apologize, at the Automobile Driving Museum.

“The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dun, dun, dun, dun!”

Young guy, really cool guy, got like his dream job working there because he started volunteering whatever, and then the job became available and now he’s there full time all the time.

But he was sharing with me that the Model T, there was so many of them made back in the day that it’s actually a pretty available vehicle for what it is. And parts are available and whatever else because so many of them were made years ago.

If you know automotive history, I think that was the most mass-produced vehicle of all time because Henry Ford got to the assembly line and mass producing the vehicles. And it was just such a time in automotive history where he made the most of them.

So there was so many of them out there and when you see some of these things… Because literally, I’m on… When I did the Automobile Driving Museum podcast, I’m sitting in a Model T and I couldn’t believe that he let me.

Great Parade Car!

He’s like, oh yeah, these things are all over the place. You know, you can actually get one for a decent price and parts are pretty available as well. So if you’re looking to do something fun along the lines of getting something old, a parade type car-

Clinton Quan: That would be a good parade type car.

“…25th Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance taking place at Zamperini Field in Torrance.”

Tom Smith: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Model T, I didn’t know. So at any rate, little sidebar. We’re doing a lot of sidebars on this podcast, all about The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dun, dun, dun, dun!

Okay. Professor, carry on. We have a quick recap. In case you haven’t been able to listen all the way through this one and you’re catching us midstream, we have Japanese Classic Car Show Saturday, September 15th.

We have the Montecito Motor Classic up in Santa Barbara County Sunday, September 23rd. Carry on, Professor.

Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

Clinton Quan: And the third one will be the final Sunday in September. It is the 25th Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance taking place at Zamperini Field in Torrance.

Tom Smith: Now, Zamperini Field is actually an airport.

Clinton Quan: Correct.

Tom Smith: So this, I believe, was the very first and only actual Concours that I’ve ever been to that you and I went two years ago.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: I was then, we were both then dating our girlfriends at the time, but it was at Trump’s golf course down there.

“…there’s always a different theme each year. And the theme for this year’s event is California Style.”

Clinton Quan: It was at Trump National Golf Club. Yes. The show has moved around to a number of locations, at least one, two, three, at least three. Well, this would be the fourth location that I’m aware of.

Tom Smith: So the-

Clinton Quan: Oh actually, I’m sorry. Five. The very first one I went to was in high school. That was like in the late nineties, I believe.

Tom Smith: Okay. Glad we got that figured out.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: So this Concours d’Elegance is unlike most, are on country clubs and manicured greens and whatever else, this is going to be on an airfield. It’s not like LAX, but it is the Torrance Municipal Airport. They have-

Clinton Quan: And they will have historic airplanes.

Tom Smith: Yeah. They’ll have some World War II era stuff.

Clinton Quan: Yes. It’ll be on, yeah. That’s part of the display.

Tom Smith: And that, I think, is going to be really neat. So this is the show that I’m going to do my best to attend with you as well.

PV Concours Themes

See if we can’t bring the Smith clan out for the event because it sounds like a really cool one. Anything notable about this one? I know you’ve hit this pretty consistently for a number of years.

Clinton Quan: Oh yeah. This has always been one of my very favorite concours throughout the years. As with any concours, there’s always a different theme each year. And the theme for this year’s event is California Style. So I’m thinking there’s going to be a number of convertibles on display since it’s California style.

Tom Smith: Good point. You know, I don’t know about you, but anytime I see a nondescript, meaning nondescript like a kind of base model Mustang convertible tooling down the road, the first thing that pops in my…

Because it’s usually like a couple or two couples like gawking everywhere and it’s like total Midwestern or tourist type in LA rented a convertible.

“She’s like, you know what, I don’t want that kind of attention.”

Clinton Quan: Yes, it’s probably a rental.

Tom Smith: Yeah, and it’s usually like not the best day to have the top down. But yeah, that’s just of what I… Because I mentioned to my wife who grew up here about getting her a convertible.

Clinton Quan: Which one?

Tom Smith: I’ve only had one wife.

Clinton Quan: No, which convertible? Which wife? We’re talking about cars.

Tom Smith: Yeah. We didn’t get that deep into it. I mentioned, you know, hey babe, how about a convertible? I’m thinking about my cute pretty wife in a convertible, hair flying, whatever.

Convertibles Draw Attention

And her response, I thought was pretty interesting. She’s like, you know what, I don’t want that kind of attention. She’s like, as you know, and she’s a pretty girl, as a cute young girl driving around, she gets catcalls whistles enough without having a top down even when the few times that she has the windows down.

So she doesn’t want a convertible to draw that kind of attention. I thought, well huh, that is an interesting perspective. I never really thought of that perspective before.

“running for something like 29 years, right in Belmont Shores on the main street, mostly hot rods and classic cars.”

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Well, the reason most girls don’t want it is they don’t want it messing up their hair.

Tom Smith: And it does. I mean, you know, I’ve had convertibles and yeah, the whole thing. I had a Jeep actually as well, and that just pushes girls’ hair completely forward. You can’t even really see. But anyway, that’s another whole… Alright. Boy did we slide all over the place on this here podcast.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

September Car Show Honorable Mentions

Tom Smith: So there’s, I think, a couple of honorable mentions. Did you want to… The Belmont Shores honorable mention?

Clinton Quan: The Belmont Shore Car Show, which has been running for something like 29 years, right in Belmont Shores on the main street, mostly hot rods and classic cars. I think there’s something like 500 vehicles that’ll be on display.

Tom Smith: Nice.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. So that’ll be taking place Sunday, September 9th.

Tom Smith: And Belmont Shores is just a cool spot to go hang out. Right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: I mean if they’re going to shut down the streets, there’s some nice restaurants and-

Clinton Quan: Lots of restaurants, lots of shops, boutiques. So great place to go walk, even if you’re not in to cars. And you can bring your spouse and they can do the shopping while you check out the cars.

Tom Smith: There you go. There you go. Alright. So again, that is The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dun, dun, dun, dun! As reported here on the iDriveSoCal Podcast. Professor, are you good?

Clinton Quan: I’m good.

Tom Smith: Alright. Thank you, as always. For iDriveSoCal, I’m Tom Smith. Thank you, as always, for listening.