Seaside Stories

Hot Summer Car Shows

May 6, 2017 | by Shellie Bailey-Shah

Hot Summer Car Shows help usher in the summer season in Seaside.

Back in the day — let’s say the 1960s — folks, of course, didn’t post selfies on Instagram.  Instead if you wanted to be seen in Seaside, you’d hop in your car and take a spin around the Turnaround. The more chrome, the better. That automotive history is revisited twice a year during Seaside’s Muscle and Chrome (June 17) and Wheels and Waves (September 7-10) car shows.

“When you get the fiberglass in your blood, you can’t get it out,” insists Mike Itel, a Portland resident who regularly attends and volunteers at both Seaside shows.

The Muscle and Chrome show in June celebrates show-quality muscle cars from 1960 to 1978, Itel explains. It also features factory-performance models from 1979 to present, like Dodge Vipers and Corvettes. Typically, more than 100 vehicles — all in mint condition — will line city streets, bringing together generations of car lovers.

A member of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council, Itel is a ‘vette man. How many does he own?  “It’s a secret,” he says. When pressed, he admits to “a few.”

He says for him and others of his generation, muscle cars induce nostalgia.

“Maybe they wanted a muscle car back in the day but couldn’t afford it or the insurance,” explains Itel.  “Now they can.”

And those owners love to show off their high-horsepower rides on Broadway Street all the way to the ocean, much to delight of thousands of spectators.

The three-day Wheels and Waves show in September is even larger, with about 230 cars, including restored hot rods from the ‘30s, ‘40s and onward.

Itel goes to about 10 car shows throughout the summer, but the Seaside ones are among his favorites.

“You can’t beat the setting,” he says.

While die-hard car enthusiasts may happily attend a car show in the middle of nowhere, the buzzing city of Seaside offers something for sometimes-reluctant passengers — maybe a spouse or antsy kids, who are eager to enjoy the bumper cars, shopping and beach.

“You’ve got a lot of things to do, right there alongside the car show,” says Itel. “It’s a lot more entertaining.” And it’s free to look!

Have some wheels you want to show off? To register a vehicle, contact the Seaside Downtown Development Association at seasideoregoncarshows@gmail.com or by phone at 503-738-7637. Registration costs $35 for Muscle and Chrome and $45 for Wheels and Waves.

and so much more!

Feed Your Mind, Body and Soul in Seaside

Seaside is more than its well-earned reputation for fun and shopping along famed Broadway Street. It’s also home to pampering sp...

Learn More
Crabbing & Clamming as Seasiders Do

“How have you lived here this long and never crabbed?” That’s the question I kept asking my friends and gracious hosts in Se...

Learn More
Seaside Downtown Wine Walk
Seaside’s Spring Downtown Wine Walk

A deeper look inside an annual spring event in Seaside

Learn More
MotorTrend Magazine – Epic Drives: Classic Cobra Visits Seaside

MotorTrend Magazine makes the trek to Seaside, Oregon to show off a Classic Cobra

Learn More
Going for a Dip in the 1920s

Seaside ocean antics in the late 1920s

Learn More
Life in the Fast Lane

Riding bikes in Seaside in 1897.

Learn More
The Perfect S’more

As the sun continues to make more regular appearances, I continue to look forward to external sunshine. And, yearning for a sweet treat, I’m reminded of that summer favorite: S’mores!

Learn More
An Adventure to Share

A winning family vacation in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
COVID: What to Expect at the Beach and on the Prom

Seaside’s wide-open sandy shoreline has been a favorite playground for generations of visitors. As you plan your next trip, you ...

Learn More
The Daddy Train

The Seaside train depot was the major transportation hub before 1938.

Learn More
Clam Chowder
Must-Eat Clam Chowders in Seaside

A look at five of the more than 20 clam chowders found in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Broadway Field is a Community Gem

Renovated Broadway Field is a community gem

Learn More
The Best Part of Waking Up

Delicious breakfast dining at favorite Seaside local hot spots.

Learn More
Lookout on Neahkahnie Mountain

Sometimes an Oregon Coast outdoor adventure doesn

Learn More
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Seaside

Seaside has many treasures “hidden” before our very eyes, ones we may take for granted because we don’t fully grasp their importance.

Learn More
Sweets in Seaside

Confections conjure up memories of visits to Seaside Oregon as a child.

Learn More
Making Seaside Beautiful: Gardens

Seeking help on starting a garden plot sent me in search of Pam Fleming, whose reputation as a resource on Seaside’s Gardens was a bit understated as I was to discover. I met her at the Grand Opening of Back Alley Gardens (find by walking through Natural Nook Florists 734 Broadway).

Learn More
Building a Seaside Mountain Biking Culture

The Oregon Coast is widely recognized as the setting for many incredible outside activities. Located at the end of Lewis and Clark...

Learn More