On any given Saturday or Sunday in the spring through early fall you’re probably never more than a half hour away from a custom car show being held somewhere in Albuquerque!
This is Route 66 country, and it is rare to drive along the old Mother Road (Central Ave) in Albuquerque from late spring to early fall and not see at least a handful of custom cars of one genre or another (and motorcycles) cruising along with traffic.
Lowriders on Central Ave. (Route 66)
Lowriders take center stage on old Route 66 (Central Ave.) on Sunday nights in downtown Albuquerque cruising ‘low and slow’ before an appreciative audience. They start to gather at 5pm near the Firestone Tire store on 7th & Central. Lots of photo opps!
The vehicles of choice in Albuquerque tend to be classic Americana. You won’t find Bugatti Veyrons or classic Aston Martins here. Classic Chevys, Fords and Mopars are the preferred makes. What gives the classic car scene here its vibrancy are the high number of unusually gifted weekend mechanics and the easy availability of customizable old cars and trucks.
Whether its hot rods, lowriders, Mopars, rat rods, classic cars, whatever… Albuquerque is custom car country!
The downtown branch of the Albuquerque Public Library has an extensive collection of automotive manuals and guides that gets plenty of use. Classic cars are not a rich man’s toy here. Most often, they are the creations of proud, highly skilled blue-collar weekend ingenuity and local custom shops.
Where to find Albuquerque Car Shows
If you want to catch a local car show during your stay in Albuquerque, there are a number of online resources that provide calendars listing local events. Not all list the same car shows so you may want to check a couple of them. Here are a few:
Alibi Community Calendar for Albuquerque and Santa Fe
New Mexico Car Shows Community Calendar on Facebook – This site usually has the most complete listings – check it first.
If you are in town for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the Fiesta of Wheels Car Show is usually held on the first Sunday of the Fiesta on the grounds immediately after Mass Ascension.
If you have a preference for the exotic and collectible cars of the “rich and famous,” the annual Santa Fe Concorso held in Santa Fe, New Mexico every September will be to your liking. Put on your driving gloves, start the Bentley, and head over to http://santafeconcorso.com for more information.