The New Mexico Council of Car Clubs and Albuquerque Museum will present the 2019 35th Annual NMCCC Classic Auto Show on May 19, 2019, at the Albuquerque Museum from 10AM to 3:30PM. This is one of the most exciting events of the year for Albuquerque car guys and gals! This year’s theme is Vintage Trucks. More than 400 vehicles of all makes and models will be on display. Also, automobile art and model vehicles will be exhibited in the Special Events room inside the Museum. For more information visit the NMCCC Classic Auto Show web page.
Save the Date: 35th Annual Albuquerque Museum Car Show, May 19, 2019, 10AM to 3:30PM
The photos on this page are from the 2018 Albuquerque Museum Car Show held on May 20, 2018 (more will be added after the 2019 show). It was an amazing day and a wonderful car show! I love to shoot details that capture the personality, style, and color of the vehicles on display (I look for the cool). If you want a copy (hi-res) of any of these photos drop me an email.
This is the car show that starts the custom car season in Albuquerque for me. Loaded with many of the top classic cars in New Mexico, it is the unofficial start to the spring/summer car show season. Lots of nice folks, stunning cars, and blue New Mexico skies. What could be better? See you again next year!
Photos of the 2017 Museum Car Show
The Albuquerque Museum (Albuquerque, New Mexico) hosted The Museum Car Show on May 21, 2017, featuring cars from every generation that embraced travel on Route 66. It was sponsored by the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs (NMCCC), which represents over 3000 members throughout the State of New Mexico.
The Albuquerque Museum is celebrating Route 66 in a big way! Along with the exhibit (and this car show), there are family-friendly events scheduled, including movie nights, a sock hop, and outdoor concerts. Be sure to download their event schedule for more information.
So, How Was The Show?
In a word, wonderful! It was the perfect sunny New Mexico day. The balmy weather and occasional breeze was the perfect compliment to a diverse display of fascinating cars. I shot plenty of photos and more will be added during the week.
I tend to shoot more abstract compositions that focus on the art, form, and color of the vehicles. If you are a car owner who sees a photo of your vehicle that you like, drop me an email and I will send you a copy of the file.
Just as fascinating as the cars on display are the people behind them. I had a chance to speak to a few proud owners of these historic vehicles and their stories and photos will be added over the next few days.
Museum Car Show Highlights
The people who support Albuquerque’s Route 66 car culture are just as interesting as the cars that define it. Here are some of the interesting folks I met at the Museum Car Show.
I met this charming woman who loves the automobile style and design of the 1930’s and was every bit the compliment of her car. She purchased her classic car out-of-state, and during restoration found a note from a former owner of the car in the vehicle. After contacting him, she discovered that her car was originally purchased brand new in New Mexico! Now it has come back home to Albuquerque. Keeping with the 1930’s theme, I converted her photo to a sepia-toned black and white image.
As appealing as the cars are, having a chance to chat with owners who are more than willing to share their car stories and knowledge makes a pleasant event even more enjoyable. Here is a picture of Dave, the proud owner of a classic turquoise Chrysler Imperial. With only a bit of bumper re-chroming left to do, it is nearly fully restored!
The photo below shows Stan (I hope I got the name right, if not, email me!) standing in front of his award-winning Ford El Ranchero. Stan taught himself everything needed to restore his car. The process took him about three years overall. Friendly and knowledgeable car owners like Stan added a welcome human touch this pleasant event.
I will be adding more stories and photos in the coming week so be sure to check back!
A big thanks to The Albuquerque Museum and New Mexico Council of Car Clubs for a great event! [email protected] (The man in the Panama hat).