Be Prepared and Make Plans Now
There comes that time in every enthusiast’s life when the current year’s SEMA has finally come and gone and, for the most part, winter has ended all of your car show fun. You have a few months of family holidays to knock out and some much-needed garage time to finish up last year’s project. Well guess what? The new year is here, ladies and gents. Finish your damn truck! Let’s make 2019 the year of driveshafts being where they are supposed to be and trucks that can actually drive into shows. Don’t get me wrong—there’s always a time and place for a good “roller,” but this should be the exception to the rule. Don’t be the majority when entering show grounds … and that goes for both lifted and lowered guys, new or old! OK. Rant over, moving on.
An abundance of amazing car/truck shows happen all across the United States every year. Because our magazine is not currently as thick as a phone book, we can only list a few of our favorites and some of the most popular from years past. (That, or perhaps the person who runs the show that did not get listed on here did not get back to me with information in time, so we could not get the info published for this piece.) REGARDLESS, if you were to hit a majority of these shows across our great nation, or at least the ones in your area, we can promise you will not be disappointed. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page, Instagram and website for other shows we will be covering as the year goes on. We love catching up with and hearing from our builders and readers alike.
We really look forward to the best year yet of seeing all the builders pushing the limits to be the best of the best and always do something new. We also truly enjoy seeing the passion and fun other enthusiasts like ourselves have with their friends doing what they love.
The Grand National Roadster Show
Jan. 25-27 • Fairplex in Pomona • 1101 West McKinley Ave. • Pomona, CA 91768
The Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 70th year. Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it is the longest running indoor car show in the world! Produced at the Fairplex in Pomona for the 16th consecutive year, over 500 show vehicles will compete for awards inside the Fairplex buildings. Another 400-800 vehicles will join the event Saturday and Sunday for the 14th Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In.
Lone Star Throwdown
Feb. 22-24 • Lone Star Expo Center & Montgomery County Fairgrounds • 9255 Airport Road • Conroe, TX 77303
LST has become one of the most prestigious shows in the United States. Expect everything from mass amounts of SEMA builds to first time debuts and quality builds of every dynamic. This Texas show shuts the gates at around 2,000 vehicles; register for the show and your hotels ASAP, people. It sells out. Also, be prepared for another impressive corral setup by AMERICAN FORCE again this year; those guys don’t play around.
Orange Beach Invasion
March 15-17 • The Wharf • 23101 Canal Road • Orange Beach,
Spring break on the Gulf Coast—what else could you want?! Located on Orange Beach, this show is known for one of the most beautiful show setups you could ask for, as well as having all the perks that Orange Beach brings along with it. Plus, spring break weekend means you can seem like quite a parent taking your kids on a trip, when in reality it is all about seeing your friends. Be sure to stick around for all the night life this show has to offer as well!
March 29-31 • Avi Hotel & Casino • 3028 Soledad Drive • Laughlin, NV 89029
No, this is not an adult superstar convention; although you may get “lucky” and see Mike Alexander get a little bit too wild one of those nights. Forbidden Fantasy is one of those shows that goes without saying that it will be a good time. Nevada shows don’t play around; just go to it. Genuinely, there are no good excuses to miss it. Side note, the hotel and casino layout is insane perfect for kicking back and having some post-show fun.
Layd Out at the Park
April 12-14 • Cherokee Park • 3075 Floyd Hall Road • Morristown, TN 37814
Featuring a variety of vehicle classes to compete in, thousands of custom cars and trucks, totally tubular vendors, food, bodacious music and more, it’s going to be a totally tubular car and truck show! It’s time to show off them details!
Mini Truckin Nationals
April 26-28 • 3340 Soco Road • Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Can’t get enough mini-trucks at your average show? This is the one you need to hit. From old builds you grew up seeing to guys giving those classic builds their own new twists and everything in between, you will see some unbelievable builds here every year. It definitely has something for everyone.
2019 LMC Truck C10 Nationals Event Schedule
May 2-4 • Texas Motor Speedway • 3545 Lone Star Circle • Fort Worth, TX 76177
Growing each and every year, C10 Nationals is a must go for any C10 owner/fan. Bringing out the inner C10 nerd in all of us, this show gives you every type of C10 you could imagine, in every form. From crazy after-market mods to flawless stock restorations to all those little parts no one has anymore, but one person as one of each tucked into a subtle build … this Texas show has it for you. Did we mention C10s yet? But really, Chevy fan or not, this show has a lot to offer any enthusiast for the entire weekend.
Battle in Bama
May 3-5 • 2703 Battleship Parkway • Mobile, AL 36602
“Hell yeah we are eating tacos on a battleship!” What else do you need to hear?? Seriously. That happens. Run by one of the chillest guys around, the premier show of the Gulf Coast has it all—including some of the most insane pictures you could ever take of your builds. A literal battleship in the background??? Yeah, we will take it. Great weather, insane food, quality builds, awesome friendships. Don’t miss this show. P.S. Make sure to tell Craig how great his retro van build is, because not only his trucks need love.
Relaxin in the Park
May 18-19 • Arnold City Park • 2400 Bradley Beach Road • Arnold, MO 63010
This may be the first time this show has happened ever, but we can assure you with all the hype already surrounding it, it will not be the last. With builds already confirming their attendance from different corners of the US, it’s easy to see that this show will be bringing in some heavy-hitter quality, as well as a very relaxed atmosphere for vehicle owners and show goers alike to enjoy. Don’t sleep on this one; be there.
May 31-June 2 • Missouri State Fairgrounds • 2503 W. 16th St. • Sedalia, MO 65301
This Missouri show, run by a team of some of the most laid-back friends you will run into, has a lot to offer. Growing in numbers every year, the Dragfest is always full of surprises in the best way. One of the most chill shows we have been to in recent years, it gives friends a real chance to hang out and enjoy their passions and hobbies together. Also, be prepared for drink specials that will blow your mind at a local bar near the hotels that we will not mention by name; I promise it’s worth the trip even just for that.
May 31-June 2 • George H Henderson Expo center • 1200 Ellen Trout Dr, • Lufkin, TX 75904
Outbreak will return in 2019 as a second annual three day event held at the George H Henderson Expo center in Lufkin, TX. The event is open to cars, trucks and bikes and will feature indoor space, outdoor covered space as well as paved outdoor space for show vehicles. www.outbreaktx.com for all event details, we can also be found on Facebook and Instagram- @Outbreaktx
Daytona Truck Meet
June 7-9 • Daytona International Speedway • 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. • Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Get ready for the largest truck show in the world! Join over 25,000 spectators, hundreds of vendors, burn-out pit, live entertainment and thousands of custom pickup trucks from around country for a weekend of fun in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida! Get up close and personal with the biggest truck builds around and get a chance to connect with the personalities behind the monster machines.
Scrapin the Coast
June 21-23 • Mississippi Coast Coliseum • 2350 Beach Blvd. • Biloxi, MS 39531
Talk about a beautiful location. Obviously, the trucks are amazing and all of that; but seriously you should see the area people. Really though, if the scenery doesn’t do it for you, the vehicles that show up to it will. There is plenty of nice stuff to look at in whatever form that may be. This show is definitely underrated. Make plans for it now
Camp N Drag
July 19-21 • 11677 S. State Rd. 47 • Lake Waveland, IN 47989
You have camping and you have dragging. What else do you need?? We aren’t talking about when your uncle has a few too many beers and walks into the basement wearing one of your aunt’s dresses either. Be prepared for frame dragging, spark rolling, grown ass men camping with trucks that everyone said wouldn’t ever be used for the outdoors. Camp N Drag is a big tradition for many clubs/truck builders these days, and we encourage you to find out why.
Aug. 2-4 • Grand Casino Hotel & Resort • 777 Grand Casino Blvd. • Shawnee, OK 74804
The biggest thing to happen in Oklahoma since, anything honestly. This show is nuts. No, really. If you have been sleeping in a cave somewhere and not seen any coverage of this show in the past few years, this is us telling you: Go to this show and be mind blown. The quality and numbers that attend this show will blow you away. Having one of the most organized shows in the Midwest, the only thing stronger than this show are show organizer Jimmie Broyles’ pythons. Have that man hit you with a gun show soon as you show up. Also, the casino/resort houses a ton of food options as well as fun night life/opportunities to hide from the sun.
Carlisle Truck Nationals
Aug. 2-4 • 1000 Bryn Mawr Road • Carlisle, PA 17013
Carlisle Truck Nationals is one of the most well-known Pennsylvania shows… pretty much ever. It has a little bit of everything you could ask for and always provides some pleasant weather for show attendees to enjoy the atmosphere each year.
Aug. 18-19 • 4400 Midland Blvd. • Fort Smith, AR 72904
Having just crossed over their 10-year anniversary with this show, the crew at KEG media always has some big things up their sleeve for the year to come. Not only does this show have some great lifted and lowered trucks, but it also has a lot of quality car builds as well. Wearing all that sunscreen is always worth it to spend the time soaking up your favorite hobby with friends. Keep in mind that large selection of fantastic food trucks on show grounds as well as the after party.
Lifted Truck Nationals
Sept. 7-9 • 769 State Highway 86 • Ridgedale, MO 65739
Not for the small of heart, Lifted Truck Nationals is exactly what it claims to be—big trucks and lots of them. From your country mudders to your SEMA-quality trucks and performance builds, Ridgedale, Missouri, basically gets shut down by line after line of trucks that can pretty much park under no roof anywhere due to height. Every year brings out something newer and wilder, and its always a blast!
Sparks in the Ozarks
Oct. 4-6 • River Ranch Resort • 101 River Road • Noel, MO 64854
If you aren’t aware of what the Sparks in the Ozarks show is by now, we here at “Street Trucks” magazine are honestly kind of worried about you as an enthusiast… Really? What have you been doing? This Midwest show has a strong tradition of excellence as well as a healthy reputation for great trucks and fun times. Drag your trucks on down to Noel, Missouri, and have a good ol’ time.
Oct. 13-14 • Florida State Fairgrounds • 4800 US Highway 301 North • Tampa, FL 33610
Throw on your flower-print shirts, get out your tropical drinks, toss on your shades and get your a$$ to Florida. If the countless neck-breaking show trucks aren’t enough for you, use it as an excuse to leave the cold state you live in during October. Slamfest has a great reputation year after year, and it won’t let you down.
Nov. 5-8 • Las Vegas Convention Center • Las Vegas
Seriously, do we need to spell this out for you? S. E. M. A. Moving on.
Turkey Drag will return in 2019 as a fifteenth annual three day event held at the 180 acre Wind Point Park in Lone Oak, TX December 6- 8th, 2019. The event is open to cars, trucks and bikes and will feature reservable cabins, shelters, tent sites as well as RV rental spaces on site.
Show vehicles will be displayed on grass with the option to tent camp next to your vehicle. www.turkeydrag.com for all event details, we can also be found on Facebook and Instagram- @Turkeydag
Severed in the Southwest
Dec. 7 • Castles N’ Coasters • 9445 N. Metro Parkway E. • Phoenix, AZ 85051
Ending the year 2019 in style, Arizona’s longest running custom car and truck show just hit its 20th year and isn’t going anywhere. Imagine any type of build you’re into, then imagine it being the cleanest version of that build. And that is what you can expect when cruising towards Christmas in Phoenix each year that first week of December.