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30th ANNUAL SEAL BEACH CAR SHOW

Welcome to the Seal Beach Car Show, presented by the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce.

From Pacific Coast Highway all the way to the pier, pre ’72 classic cars, hot rods, and muscle cars lined picturesque Main Street through the tree lined middle of Seal Beach. This was the setting for the 30th Annual Seal Beach Car Show, presented by the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Weeks before, the show had been sold out. Every year this is one of the more popular Orange County shows. As the 400+ cars arrived they were efficiently directed to their pre-assigned reserved parking places. Through the day, thousands of admiring spectators enjoyed looking over all the cars.

Three live bands entertained all day.  A large display of vintage motorcycles drew lots of interested show goers. To the delight of the fans, nitro burning drag cars fired up several times during the show. Main Street has lots of interesting shops and many show vendors were located along the beach. Several good restaurants are available to satisfy the hunger pangs.

At the pier, the local Lions Club was having a pancake breakfast that seemed to be very popular. Plus there is a beach and a pier to investigate.

Thanks for the show! 

To the delight of the fans, nitro burning drag cars fired up several times during the show.

Right in front of Harbour Surfboards, this ’46 Ford Woody looks at home. The owner is Dave Rosenberg

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Paul Keohane brought his stunning ZZ4 Chevy powered ’48 Mercury Woody
This striking ’60 Chevy Impala is owned by Tim Young

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A large display of vintage motorcycles drew lots of interested show goers.

A clean ’67 Plymouth Baracuda, the owner is Dave Dalmas

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A very well done restored, small block powered, ’57 Chevy Bel Air

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A pair of awesome ’41 Willys the one on the right is restored to stock, the one on the left has been hot W)

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This gorgeous ’40 Ford pickup is powered by an injected 427 Windsor Ford and owned by Joe Gregorio
An auction house had a display of exotic cars
Steve & Gloria Gibbs brought this hot rod ’50 Ford coupe powered by a Chrisman built flathead

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Lots of fine-looking vintage bikes

“Nitro Mafia”, another blown nitro burning Funny Car, got the crowds’’ attention
“Shirley Muldowney’s” nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster was fired-up without a driver in the seat, in memorial for Shirley’s son John who passed away in late April. RIP John!

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The nitro fuel altered “Tocco-Harper-Garten”, “Lit the candles”

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the August 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.