The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June – A Month of Great SoCal Car Shows

The month of June is one of the Professor’s favorites.  As spring becomes summer in Southern California some of the world’s finest automobiles make their first appearance of the season.  And with Father’s Day falling into the month, car shows offer up a great event for Dad’s to enjoy with the whole family.  In this iDriveSoCal Podcast we cover the some of the top car shows that will keep you busy every weekend of the month.

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Recording date – May 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

Clinton Quan: There’s probably more auto shows in June for a couple of reasons. One is the season. It’s end of spring, beginning of summer. The second reason, it’s also the month of Father’s day. Father’s day weekend is in June. It’s a great way to also explore cities and communities throughout Southern California. All of these events are definitely family friendly. In fact, you’ll see a lot of families there, lots of kids, babies, mom and dads with strollers. Great events for dates as well.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. I’m Tom Smith and joining me for a little bit of a different podcast is our good friend “The Professor” Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

Clinton Quan: Hi, Tom.

Tom Smith: Hey, hey. What we’re talking about in today’s podcast, I’m actually dubbing … How did I think of it? Professor Quan’s Awesome Auto Show June. Clinton was telling me that the month of June is just huge for auto shows. Us being in Southern California, the automotive capital of the United States, of the world really, we have a ton of great auto shows. Clinton was just being the massive enthusiast that he is has been telling me, “Oh man. This is going on in June. That’s going on in June.” I said, “Okay. Let’s do a podcast on the auto shows coming up in June.” That is what Clinton is going to fill us in on, right?

Clinton Quan: Yes. There’s probably more auto shows in June for a couple of reasons. One is the season. It’s end of spring, beginning of summer, so the weather is nice, but it’s not too hot. Then the second reason, it’s also the month of Father’s day. Father’s day weekend is in June. There are a ton of car shows that takes place during the weekend of Father’s day weekend.

Tom Smith: With that in mind, we have five to cover and I told Clinton we have to cover these at a pretty good clip because he and I can get chatty. Before we do, Clinton is a father. This is going to be my first Father’s day. Let me ask you, are you and your son going to be hitting a lot of these shows together or do you have that planned out yet? Because you do go to a lot of shows with your son, right?

Clinton Quan: Yes, absolutely. I’ve taken him to a number of shows. We’ll probably go to almost all the shows on that list. If not, all of them.

Tom Smith: All right. Awesome. My son has just turned seven months old, so he’s a little early for these shows yet. The shows really have muscle cars and what not just to put it out there for those of you that are anticipating going. Some like the Concours d’Elegance that we’ve covered, that is a very elegant affair. Other auto shows and even Cars & Coffee events that you to do, you need to be a little careful sometimes because you got guys that’ll want to rev their engines and stuff.

Tom Smith: There’s people that are at the shows that are encouraging that and it’s cool because I mean you hear some finely tuned automobiles, but at the same time, you need to be cognizant of that from a perspective of protecting children’s ears, as well as your own, right? You wear earplugs. Both you and your son do, right?

Clinton Quan: We do when we go to racing events such as the Auto Club 400, NASCAR race in Fontana or if it’s the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach.

Tom Smith: Okay. Yeah. Okay. Without further ado, let’s go through the list of the auto shows. We always do top three for the vehicle reviews, but this is your top five auto shows here in Southern California in the month of June.

Clinton Quan: In the month of June. I picked five that are all on different days, so that way you can attend all the shows.

Tom Smith: All right.

Clinton Quan: It’s a great way to also explore cities and communities throughout Southern California.

Tom Smith: Good. Good idea. Good plan.

Clinton Quan: The first one takes place on the first Saturday, that’s Saturday, June 2nd, in Chino Hills at Boys Republic. This will be the 11th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. This is turning out to be a huge car show especially for Porsche enthusiasts and Mustang enthusiasts.

Tom Smith: You were just mentioning off mic before we started the podcast that this is turning into a show with a national footprint of some sort.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I remember attending the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance last year. There is not one this year. One of the representatives at the event mentioned that they really want to turn this into a national event. Really one of the bigger shows that takes place in the US. I know in the past several years it’s grown to be quite a show and it’s getting a lot of attention.

Tom Smith: I mean I’m an automotive enthusiast. Not to the degree that you are, but I was also asking you this off mic, Steven McQueen. I know him as a race car guy, motorcycle guy and movie star. I’ve never seen any of his movies. I know you’re just telling me that one of his chase scenes in a movie is all time best chase scene.

Clinton Quan: Yes, that’s Bullit. Every year for this car show, there is a theme to the car. This year’s theme is going to be Bullit for the movie Bullit in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the movie. Anyone who’s ever seen the car chase scene knows that this is one of the best car chase scenes in any movie whether it’s a modern movie or an older movie.

Tom Smith: Okay. Which says a lot because it’s … What is it? A ’70s movie or even older?

Clinton Quan: Well, it’s 50 years old.

Tom Smith: Oh. Oh, okay.

Clinton Quan: Hey. Somebody didn’t have his afternoon coffee. Sharp guy over here. As I was mentioning, the movie Bullit, if you look at any list of the best car chase scenes, this will be on almost every list and it’ll usually be on the top five.

Tom Smith: Okay. All right. That is June 2nd, 8 A.M to 3 P.M. The Friends of Steve McQueen Boys Republic, Chino Hills. All of these, by the way, are going to be on the iDriveSoCal website, iDriveSoCal.com. Go to events and you’ll be able to find all of these. We ready to move onto the next one?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: The next one’s the very next day, huh?

Clinton Quan: Yes. It’s Sunday, June 3rd.

Tom Smith: Okay. Sunday June 3rd from 10 A.M to 2 P.M. Rév Auto at Sherwood Country Club.

Clinton Quan: Yes. That will take place at Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village. This is only the fifth year that this exclusive auto show has taken place. Tickets are $150 for adults and I believe it’s $75 for kids 12 and under.

Tom Smith: You get lunch with that or something or an open bar?

Clinton Quan: You do get brunch. I believe there are drinks. There’s going to be live jazz.

Tom Smith: Okay. It’s an upscale. It’s a concours. Maybe not quite that much, but is that the kind of cars …

Clinton Quan: These are definitely concours level cars.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: There’s only a limited number of cars at this event, and these are some of the most expensive cars in the world. I remember going a couple years ago. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. They had an Aston Martin there that was worth $17 million.

Tom Smith: $17 million.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Beautiful green Aston Martin.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. This is a garden party with live jazz and drinks and food.

Tom Smith: An upscale affair.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay. Needless to say, if you hit that one, you might want to leave the flip flops, board shorts and tank tops at home. Maybe step it up just a little bit.

Clinton Quan: This is an event where you want to get dressed up for.

Tom Smith: Okay. Okay. Then moving on, the very next weekend, Sunday … Were we done with that show?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay. Moving on to the very next weekend, Sunday, June 10th 9 A.M to 3 P.M. We have the San Marino Motor Classic at Lacy Park in San Marino, California. Tell us about that one.

Clinton Quan: This is one of the very best car shows in all of Southern California. It is the successor to the Los Angeles Concours D’elegance. This show started in 2011. There’s about I believe 40 different classes of vehicles. It is a fantastic show. Dave Kunz is one of the emcees for the shows. He is the ABC7 reporter. He covers all of the automotive shows throughout Southern California. You’re going to see a lot of cars at this automotive event. Everything from classic cars to sports cars to muscle cars to Japanese cars. Whatever your interest is, you’re going to appreciate this automobile show.

Tom Smith: This is going to cover the gamut maybe a little bit more pedestrian. Not quite the level of a concours kind of …

Clinton Quan: Actually this is a concours level show.

Tom Smith: It is a concours level show.

Clinton Quan: That’s why there’s 40 different classes of vehicles. They’ll receive third, second and first place. There’s also a number of special awards including best of show, postwar, prewar. I believe most elegant and a number of other specialty awards.

Tom Smith: This one’s significantly less. The admission on this one’s just 25 bucks in advance, 30 bucks at the door.

Clinton Quan: Yes. There’s also a VIP ticket which is about $125.

Tom Smith: Any of these prices, folks, don’t quote us on it. Check the website. Actually we link to all these shows from iDriveSoCal.com events. We make sure to have links to their sites should anything change and what not. We’re not responsible. We’re just talking about them. Just want to give that disclaimer out there.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: We ready to go onto the next one?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Oh, you know what? Before we go onto these, I mentioned you and your son. All of these are family friendly events, right?

Clinton Quan: Yes. All of these events are definitely family friendly. In fact, you’ll see a lot of families there, lots of kids, babies, mom and dads with strollers.

Tom Smith: At the same time, I’ve been to a lot of car shows with my buddies when we’ve been both married and single. I’ve been to a lot of car shows, especially the higher end ones, as a date. Throwing back to my very first Concours d’Elegance was a double date that you and I went on with our significant others.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Great events for dates as well.

Tom Smith: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Then the very next one is Sunday, June 17th, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance and that is on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Clinton Quan: Rodeo Drive. Just kidding. Just kidding.

Tom Smith: Thanks for correcting me though. That one admission free. Hey.

Clinton Quan: Yes. Well, this is …

Tom Smith: The rodeo’s free, kid.

Clinton Quan: This is on Father’s day, and this is the largest public annual event in Beverly Hills. This year is a very special year because it is the 25th anniversary for this event. It is the silver edition, and what they’re planning on doing for the 25th anniversary is that they will have all silver vehicles on display for this event.

Tom Smith: All silver vehicles.

Clinton Quan: Yes. Now I remember one year where they were celebrating 100 years of the automobile. It was the coolest thing ever. They had an automobile representing every year for 100 years. How cool is that?

Tom Smith: That is cool.

Clinton Quan: That’s really cool.

Tom Smith: I bet you they had some pretty obscure … Way back in the day before it all consolidated, I bet you had some pretty darn obscure brands too, huh?

Clinton Quan: They had all sorts of cars there. It was fantastic. That was definitely one of the most memorable Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance ever.

Tom Smith: Now you say this one gets pretty crazy.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I believe they get about 35,000 people each year.

Tom Smith: Wow. All right.

Clinton Quan: Well, it is a free event. It’s a great way to spend the day with your dad.

Tom Smith: Who doesn’t like to hang out on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills?

Clinton Quan: You’re going to see all types of cars. Classic cars. Usually there are some dealerships that will bring brand new cars, so you get to check out the newest vehicles as well.

Tom Smith: That’s the kind and the neighborhood that you can bet your bottom dollar the hotshots that have the fancy cars to drive them there will be doing so and showing them off as best they can as well.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Maybe you’ll see a celebrity there. I’ve seen Jay Leno, Larry King.

Tom Smith: Jay’s kind of a standby though, right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: If you hit an automotive event every Saturday and/or Sunday for a month in Southern California, I figure you’re going to run into Jay Leno.

Clinton Quan: Maybe.

Tom Smith: Which I haven’t done yet and I look forward to it because I’m going to be like, “Mr. Leno. Mr. Leno. Will you please come on my podcast?” Yeah. Okay, cool. Then the next one is the following Sunday and that’s June 24th, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. again, Highway Earth Car Show.

Clinton Quan: Yes. This is a newer car show. It’s also in Beverly Hills, but up in the hills of Beverly Hills.

Tom Smith: Franklin Canyon Park?

Clinton Quan: Franklin Canyon. This car show is free to spectators.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, this is a really unique car show. They have all types of cars and the cars surround the lake. It’s a great place to go take a morning walk. I remember a couple of years ago I went and they had the brand new Acura NSX there. They also had the original NSX. It was so cool to be able to see both the original and the brand new one side by side.

Tom Smith: Right next to each other. Sure.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Excellent. Okay. Well, very cool. That is Professor Quan’s Awesome Auto Show June. That’s what I called it in the beginning of the podcast, right?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay. Let’s copyright that.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I would say these are the five best shows in the month of June.

Tom Smith: It basically opens up where you’re hitting Saturday/Sunday and then you can just mark Sundays off your calendar for the rest of the month. Clinton’s just going to comment …

Clinton Quan: There’s a car show every Sunday in the month of June.

Tom Smith: Every Sunday in the month of June.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: If you follow Clinton’s lead, you’re only going to have to check Saturday and Sunday off the first weekend of June and then just Sundays after that. Very good. All right. Excellent. We have time. You said there might be one other one that you wanted to mention?

Clinton Quan: Well, there’s also the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance and that also takes place during the first weekend of June. The first weekend is a very, very busy month. Now that’s a two-day event. The first day usually they have Hot Rods. I’ve never been on Saturday. I always go on Sunday. Sunday is the actual Concours d’Elegance. That show has been around for I believe over 30 years now. It’s changed quite a few times, but it’s still a show definitely worth checking out. It’ll take place by the library at Huntington Beach.

Tom Smith: All right. Fantastic. Professor Quan, thank you as always. If you are going to be hitting any of these shows, be sure to keep a lookout for the good professor. He may or may not be running around with his son, but again, all of these shows are on iDriveSoCal.com, the events page. Click on the events page and then click through to the individual shows for any updates or details, but it’d be in sunny California. I highly doubt that we’re going to have any rain delays or rain outs. That’s not going to happen in the month of June, right? Highly unlikely.

Clinton Quan: I don’t ever recall it raining in the month of June. July, but not June.

Tom Smith: Really?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: July.

Clinton Quan: I remember going to a 4th of July event and it was raining.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Well, you’ve been here all your life.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: All right. Professor Quan, again thank you so much. That is the awesome … Wait a minute. Professor Quan’s Awesome Auto Show June.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: I’m Tom Smith for iDriveSoCal. Thanks so much for listening. Until next time, bye, bye.