The Changing Car Show Events

By Paul Hinkle

You may have noticed a change in how car shows are held and who is attending them. They are more like friendly group gatherings with rodders sitting under a tree or under their canopy sharing stories, enjoying each other’s company. Many have brought something in their ice chest to share with everyone. There is no pressure to do car prep to impress judges because there are no classes or trophies. Most are free events or accept a small donation. The cost of the event is offset by sponsorships from businesses.

We are finding more of this type of event showing up locally. Some have been around for a few years.

The Clovis Park in the Park is one of the newest events; it is in its 4th year. At 4pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month from May thru September, rodders from all over the valley gather at Treasure Igmire Park in Clovis. They find a cool spot under a shade tree, pull out their lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon with friends and family. The smell from the BBQ alerts them to bring their favorite side dish to share on tables near the grill. After picking up a hamburger and getting a sample of the side dishes and picking up a water or soda, they head back to their hot rod and enjoy their meal.

After eating, many rodders head back to replace those that have volunteered to help cook and serve the food. This is what makes this such an enjoyable event to attend: everyone feels like they are a part of it. After finishing their meal, time is spent looking at all the rods, getting ideas and sharing stories into the early evening.

For the last 6 years, the Clovis Missionary Baptist Church has been holding their event every Friday night May thru September. Many of the local rodders gather for an evening out with their friends and enjoy food prepared by the Church. Returning rodders stake out their favorite parking spot. Donations are appreciated if you would like to contribute to their programs. Last year they received over $5,000 for the Rapha Ranch (a youth ranch). The funds allow them to provide for 5 children to attend weekly sessions, purchase hay, feed and grain for the entire year along with vet costs, hoof care and routine preventative medicine.

For the last 17 years on the first Sunday in May, the College Church of Christ has been holding their traditional car show with awards. However, it is free for entrants and spectators alike. Scrumptious BBQ ribs, homemade chili and hot dogs are provided at no cost. Great music can be heard throughout the day and the kids have a bounce house and games to keep them entertained.

As an alternative to traditional car shows which we all enjoy, be sure to check out local gatherings to attend. It’s a great way to get your special rod out of the garage and driven, without spending a lot of time and money getting it ready to show.

July 2nd – Coarsegold Classic Car Show
July 8th – Clovis Farmers Market (contact Paul Hinkle)
July 16th – Clovis Park in the Park
July 22nd – Clovis Missionary Baptist Church
July 29th – Sizzling Summer Knights Bullard Pep & Cheer Car Show
July 29th-30th –Arroyo Grande Car Show and Cruise Night
August 5th – Clovis Missionary Baptist Church
– Rods on the Bluff
August 12th – Clovis Farmers Market (contact Paul Hinkle)

If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event we are always looking for interesting cars, people and events to share. You can reach Paul Hinkle at or call (559) 970-2274 or Eric Hinkle at Be sure to follow us on Twitter@clovisparknpark and on Instagram@clovisparkinthepark.

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