1957 Chevy Bel-Air Turquoise Chevrolet Lakeland Auto Show

Lakeland Auto Show Revved Up the Weekend!

Last weekend was a blast! The 18th Annual Lakeland Auto Show featured some AMAZING automobiles – from classic cars to recent racers, and even a QUADRICYCLE! It was the perfect event for car enthusiasts.

 

Rolls Royce 2017 Lakeland Auto Show Lake Mirror Concours d'Elegance
Rolls Royce ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

 

1896 Ford Quadricycle Lakeland Auto Show Lake Mirror
1896 Ford Quadricycle ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

 

 

1936 Chrysler Airflow C-9 Coupe Champagne Lakeland Auto Show
1936 Chrysler Airflow C-9 Coupe ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

I’ve always loved cars for the aesthetics – Corvette Stingrays, to be exact. Now, I’m expanding my knowledge to learn about the car community (and I’ve got my eye on the Corvette Z06)!

 

1960 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Lakeland Auto Show
1960 Chevy Corvette ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

Lakeland Auto Show Basics

This three-day, weekend extravaganza kicked off with the Budweiser Hot Rod Rendezvous on Friday – an outdoor concert and introduction to the competing cars.

The auto show took place on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. I attended the Saturday show, and wow, there were A LOT of cars!

 

Orange Pontiac 400 Lakeland Auto Show
Pontiac 400 ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

 

Ford F100 Jade Green Lakeland Auto Show
Ford F100 ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

The event wrapped up on Sunday with the Road Tour – a special event where enthusiasts paraded around in the cars and received awards for Best in Show, Classics, Muscle Cars, Foreign Sports Cars, etc.

 

Lakeland Auto Show Lake Mirror Concours d'Elegance Awards
2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

1964 Meskowski Dirt Champ Car Lakeland Auto Show
1964 Meskowski Dirt Champ Car ~ Best in Class Historic Race Cars ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

1957 Pink Cadillac Lakeland Auto Show Lake Mirror Concours d'Elegance
1957 Pink Cadillac ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

1919 Pierce Arrow 66 A-4 Tour Purple Best in Show Classic Lakeland Auto Show
1919 Pierce Arrow 66 A-4 Tour ~ Best in Show Classic Early Classics 1925-1937 ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

The event was FREE with FREE PARKING (street and garage). I rant and rave about this stuff. The more money we save, the better, and the more fun we can have just walking in.

 

Downtown Lakeland Auto Show Lake Mirror

 

There were a few food trucks and tents selling food at the show. Since the event was in downtown Lakeland, guests could easily hit up one of the local restaurants if they weren’t crazy about the show food. I stuck around for a BBQ pulled pork sandwich with some Doritos and water. Mmmm.

 

Lakeland Leg Lamp

 

Good Ole Lakeland

Lakeland has a special place in my heart. I went to college at Florida Southern College, so I lived in Lakeland for three and a half years! It’s a beautiful, quaint town with plenty of great sunsets and sunrises on the lake – all thirty-eight lakes!

 

Lakeland Auto Show Lake Mirror Boat

 

The Lakeland Auto Show took place in Downtown Lakeland and around Lake Mirror, which is just down the hill. This was my first time visiting downtown post-college.

 

Lake Mirror Lakeland Auto Show
2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

Lively Music, Lively People

Downtown is so clean and cute, and it has such a homey feeling to it!

The cars lined up street to street. I walked down a full street of cars to my left and to my right. The show extended to wrap around most of Lake Mirror. It was a huge car show!

 

Lakeland Auto Show Downtown Lakeland Street
2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

The sports cars parked on the streets. A live, country music band played nearby. Families, couples, and a crowd of all ages walked around to admire the cars.

 

1933 Ford Roadster Cherry Red Lakeland Auto Show
1933 Ford Roadster ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

1957 GMC 100 1/2 Ton 4x4 Pickup Light Blue Truck Lakeland Auto Show
1957 GMC 100 1/2 Ton 4×4 Pickup ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

1958 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe Mint Lakeland Auto Show
1958 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

The ritzier, fancier classic cars were positioned down by the lake. I couldn’t believe how large this show was! The whole atmosphere changed on the concourse with servers dressed up and serving drinks. The music even changed to some live, sophisticated music!

 

Lakeland Auto Show Music Live Entertainment Lake Mirror
2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

Favorite Cars

 

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Champagne Front Lakeland Auto Show
1962 Chevy Corvette ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

Lake Mirror Concours d'Elegance 1919 Pierce Arrow 66 A-4 Tour Purple Best in Show Classic Lakeland Auto Show
1919 Pierce Arrow 66 A-4 Tour ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

Salmon Pink Truck Lakeland Auto Show
2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

1957 Chevy Bel-Air Lakeland Auto Show Turquoise Chevrolet
1957 Chevy Bel-Air ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

1957 Oldsmobile Downtown Lakeland Lake Mirror Lakeland Auto Show
1957 Oldsmobile ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

Car-munity

People LOVE their cars. It was really encouraging to see how friendly everyone was to share their stories.

 

Lakeland Auto Show Car Interior
Inside the car – and the mind – of a classic car owner.

 

Each car owner was excited to share his or her unique experiences. Whether they were the original car owners, or the third car owners, everyone had something to share.

 

1919 Pierce Arrow 66 A-4 Tour Purple Lakeland Auto Show Best in Show Classic
1919 Pierce Arrow 66 A-4 Tour ~ 2017 Lakeland Auto Show ~ Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance ~ Twentysomething Vision

 

Check out an auto show near you! Here’s a great website with Florida car show events.

If you’re outside of Florida, check out this site for classic car events!

~Twentysomething Vision

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