Rev Your Engines for Classic Car Events this September

Looking for classic car events and beautiful fall drives? Find it all, this September. From Angels Camp's Rockabilly Riot and Moonbash Derby to Ironstone Vineyard's Concours D'Elegance with fall colors just beginning to blush over Ebbetts Pass, what better time to rally the troops to hit the road for some epic car events and backcountry drives than this weekend?

Calaveras’ year round classic car events come to a spectacular fevered pitch every September. Don’t miss the fun!

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Instagrammer @scottwshreve and co. in Copperopolis enjoying one of Calaveras’ picturesque classic car shows.

1. Classic Car Events – Murphys Classic Car Night

Murphys Historic Hotel in Murphys California
Thursday, Sept. 21st | 5:00pm to 9pm I Explore Murphys, California

Bring your classic cars of all makes and models on a sweet fall drive to Murphys, California for this free admission event. Enjoy a laid back evening of DJ Music and Calaveras fun at the Murphys Historic Hotel. Festivities include beer, wine, food, a cash prize raffle, and much more. Enjoy grabbing drinks in the historic saloon, or dining in the Murphys Historic Hotel restaurant (featured in Chef Gordon Ramsey’s Hotel Hell).  Call 209-728-3444 for more information.

Staying overnight? Find lodging in Murphys at the Historic Hotel or beyond.

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Instagrammer @coxbruce at the Murphys Historic Hotel.

2. Classic Car Events – Angels Camp Rockabilly Riot 

Frogtown Calaveras Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22nd-24th | All Weekend  I Explore Angels Camp, California
Join us for the 2nd Annual Angels Camp Rockabilly Riot classic car event! This year’s Rockabilly Riot features hot rods, pin-ups, live music, an indoor swap meet, dancing, a car coral, pin striping, vendors, car events, and burnouts. Dry camping available for car participants and vendors. General Admission: $10 and Entries Registration: $5-$50. Visit the Angels Camp Rockabilly Riot website or call (775)-291-5008 for more information. Full hook-ups will be available for an additional charge.

Looking for additional camping or lodging in Angels Camp? We’ve got you covered!

Instagrammer @classicpobrescc know’s what rockabilly is all about.

3. Classic Car Events – Ironstone Concourse d’Elegance

Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, California
Saturday, Sept. 23rd | All Day I Explore Ironstone Vineyards
Looking for the best route? Avoid Six Mile Road south of the winery. Unpaved sections are rough and will coat your vehicle with dust.
The Ironstone Concours d’Elegance is an antique and classic car event that is as much about having fun, as it is about celebrating classic cars of bygone eras. For over twenty years some 300+ antique and classic cars have made the beautiful drive to Murphys, California to participate in the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance.

The Concourse D’Elegance is just as much about having fun as it is about classic and antique cars, boats, motorcycles, and trailers. Photo courtesy of the Ironstone Concourse d’Elegance FB page. 

This classic car and automobile show also features vintage trailers, motorcycles and wooden boats. Honored vehicle marques vary but 2016 included BMW, Corvette, Studebaker, Packard, Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Special classes spotlight early Fords, streamlined cars, sports cars, exotics, race cars, coachbuilt luxury marques, plus unrestored and original automobiles. Admission cost $20 per adult or $35 per couple or a family (a family is considered two adults and two children). Children under 14 admitted free. Tickets available by phone at (209)-269-6950 or at the gate the day of the event.

Photo Courtesy of Ironstone’s Concourse d’Elegance FB page.

Did you know? Proceeds from the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance benefit Central and Northern California youth in agriculture, notably FFA and 4-H. Now that’s feel good fun!

Staying the night? Find lodging in Calaveras here.

4. Classic Car Events – Moonbash Demolition Derby

Frogtown Calaveras Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California
Saturday, Sept. 30th | 3:30pm-9:00pm I Explore Angels Camp, California

“Derby Derby Derby” for the first time ever at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds on Saturday September 30th, 2017 will be MoonDog Motorsports Moon Bash.  This classic car event features hard-hitting action the whole family will love.  Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with opening horn sounding at 5:00. Slightly calmer action will open with a Power Wheels Derby for children. Little battery-powered cars will have balloons attached to front and back bumpers. The last driver to protect their balloon wins. Drivers from throughout the West Coast, and some local favorites, are expected.

Instagrammer and derby driver @littlemossa in the Frogtown derby arena in 2016.

What to bring to the Moon Bash Derby: Low back chairs and blankets are encouraged. Food and beverages will be offered for sale. Please note, outside food, beverages, coolers and pop-up tents will not be allowed on the fairgrounds.
Looking to participate in the Moon Bash Derby? Drivers may enter qualifying cars by contacting Mullins at (209) 566-4280. Bash Style Rules can be found at
Admission Information:
General Admission is $12. Children 5 and under are FREE. (Please note: Parking is an additional $5 charge.) 

Staying the night? Find lodging in Angels Camp here. 

BONUS: Classic Fall Color and Historic Drives 

Looking for Fall Colors? Explore Ebbetts Pass.
Looking to add some gorgeous fall color and epic high sierra views with your weekend car events? Learn firsthand why Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway is a fall drive enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.


Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway

Beautiful fall colors on the byway | Laurie Ahlberg

Love historic Gold Rush charm? Explore Goldenchain Highway 49 and Calaveras backroads.
Pick-up a free Goldenchain highway 49 highlights map in person or through the mail at our office–the Calaveras Visitors Bureau in downtown Angels Camp. Looking for additional places to explore Calaveras backroads? Click the link to the left to learn more!

Staying the night? Find lodging in Calaveras here. 

Annual Classic Car Events throughout Calaveras 

April: Murphys Classic Car Show
May: Frog Jump Demolition Derby I Hot Copper Car Show I Murphys Classic Car Show
June: Murphys Classic Car Show
July: Arnold Classic Car Show I San Andreas Rumble Car Show I Mother Lode Volkswagen Show and Swap I Murphys Classic Car Show

Looking for additional events throughout the county? Find a complete list of Annual Calaveras Events here, or view our online Calaveras events calendar here to find events any day of the week.

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