Spotlight: Capital City Cruisers 2018 Car, Truck & Bike Show

Capital City Cruisers hosts their 12th annual event.

Chevrolet Chevelle SS Capital City Cruisers
Check out the wheels on this Chevrolet Chevelle SS!

Weeks of above normal rainfall in the Carolinas means one thing: if you have plans in place, then know for certain that they’re subject to change. Moreover, if those plans involve hosting a car show with scores of classic and antique cars prepared to compete, there is a good chance that at least some owners will stay away.

Happily, the bad weather held off long enough for the 12th Annual Capital City Cruisers Car, Truck & Bike Show to welcome more than 100 vehicles to its location in Garner, NC. This judged event awarded the top 100 vehicles, which were split between 75 “old school” models (1987 and earlier) and 25 “new school vehicles (1988 and later). Fittingly, a portion of the proceeds raised money for the local schools, Angel Tree and the Give Back Organization, Inc.

Capital City Cruisers Photo Gallery

My time was limited on Saturday, but I was able to show up early on and stay until just after the noon hour. That allowed me to take hundreds of photos and converse with various owners.

About 40 photos were posted on the day of the event on the Auto Trends Magazine Facebook page. Another four dozen or so are included here, with details covering specific vehicles or categories. If you’re the owner of a vehicle featured here and would like a copy, simply right click on the photo and save it to your hard drive.

So, without further delay, I give you a broad sample of the stars, cars, people and other vehicles featured at this year’s Capital City Cruisers show.

Cars, Trucks and a Motorcycle

1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible. Capital City Cruisers.
This 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible is an excellent example of a post-war model.
Unfortunately, the owner’s visit was very short.

1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Capital City Cruisers


Ford Falcon Thunderbolt Capital City Cruisers
This Ford Falcon, also known as Thunderbolt, is ready to race.

Ford Falcon Thunderbolt Capital City Cruisers


1973 Chevrolet Camaro Capital City Cruisers
This is one “angry” 1973 Chevrolet Camaro. At least according to the license plate.

1973 Chevrolet Camaro Capital City Cruisers


Chevrolet pickup truck Capital City Cruisers
This Chevrolet truck has a few custom parts, including the wheels, bed cover and wood bed.

Chevrolet pickup truck Capital City Cruisers


2007 Honda Motorcycle Capital City Cruisers
This three-wheeled 2007 Honda motorcycle was the lone vehicle of its kind. But it did represent!

2007 Honda motorcycle Capital City Cruisers


1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Capital City Cruisers
A 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in all its fin-embedded glory.

1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Capital City Cruisers


Ford Model A Capital City Cruisers
This Ford Model A may have been the oldest vehicle at the show.
I caught the owner giving his sweet ride some TLC.

Ford Model A Capital City Cruisers


Mopar Madness

What is a car show without sufficient Mopar representation? In this case, various Plymouth and Dodge models, old and new, paraded in and took over their own slice of the lot.

Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Capital City Cruisers Mopar
Mopar Capital City Cruisers


What is it?

Not every vehicle at car shows fit under the antique, classic or contemporary car theme. Take this customized vehicle which got everyone’s attention when it arrived around noon. The owner said that it is powered by a 1834cc Volkswagen engine with VW front and rear suspension parts. The rest of the vehicle is a mish-mash of anything goes. Oh, the vehicle is a tribute to America’s fallen heroes — the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Capital City Cruisers dune buggy
Capital City Cruisers dune buggy
Capital City Cruisers dune buggy


But Wait…There’s More!

Pontiac Trans Am Capital City Cruisers
1979-1981 Pontiac Trans Am models featured this quad headlight look.
1940 Ford Coupe Capital City Cruisers
And all of a sudden there was this gorgeous 1940 Ford coupe.
Phillips 66 Capital City Cruisers
Your Phillips 66 assist truck at your service!

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Not every vehicle on display is in mint condition. Some are in a work in progress, including this classic Chevrolet pickup truck. Many a classic or antique model have gone through a long process of restoration. Best wishes to this owner as he or she renews this beauty.

Chevrolet truck Capital City Cruisers

Chevrolet truck Capital City Cruisers

Chevrolet truck Capital City Cruisers


We Have Pickup Trucks

Long before crossovers became a thing, pickup trucks have served American consumers and business owners. Nearly every mainstream manufacturer had one, including Studebaker, International and Jeep. These days, the segment remains strong with American and Japanese manufacturers dominating.

Pickup truck fans were not disappointed at the Capital City Cruisers show as more than a dozen were spotted. In addition to the ones we already featured, the following 10 trucks were on also on display.

Capital City Cruisers
1965 International C1200.
1957 Chevrolet 3600 pickup truck. Capital City Cruisers
1957 Chevrolet 3600 pickup truck.
1961 Ford F-100 pickup truck. Capital City Cruisers
1961 Ford F-100 pickup truck.
Chevrolet
Chevrolet “Goldfinger” C/K pickup truck.
Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck. Capital City Cruisers
Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck.
1947-1955 Chevrolet pickup trucks. Capital City Cruisers
1947-1955 Chevrolet pickup trucks.
1940-1941 Ford Pickup Truck. Capital City Cruisers
1940-1941 Ford Pickup Truck.
GMC S15. Capital City Cruisers
GMC S15.
1994 Chevrolet S10 customized pickup truck. Capital City Cruisers
1994 Chevrolet S10 customized pickup truck.
Chevrolet El Camino SS. Capital City Cruisers
Chevrolet El Camino SS.

Previous Spotlights

Spotlight: 24th Annual Rod & Custom Show Presented by the Stray Cats

Spotlight: American Children’s Home Show-off Show

Spotlight: 2018 Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show


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Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.