NOSTALGIA DAY CAR SHOW-2014
HOSTED BY THE ALTAMONT CRUISERS
For the last 25 years, the City of Livermore, California, has shut down several square blocks of Downtown to welcome hundreds of Classic, Custom, Muscle Cars and more. The Nostalgia Day Car Show is put on by the Altamont Cruisers, a local car club that is very active in the community. These shows help the club raise money that is donated to a variety of worthwhile charities, and over these past 25 years, those donations have exceeded $375,000. They certainly did a fine job of organizing the Nostalgia Day Car Show-2014. They’re also a very active car club, participating in all sorts of things throughout the year, and going to events together, as a club. They have a lot of fun together, and they’re a great bunch of people. True car guys…and gals.
Nostalgia Day Car Show-2014: THE SHOW
NOSTALGIA DAY CAR SHOW-2014
WHAT A DAY!
I like to get to these shows early, because I’m taking pictures, and the later it gets, the thicker the crowds become, making it much more difficult and time-consuming to get good pictures of the cars. The weather was absolutely perfect and I got there just as it opened at 9:00 am. Its a free show so you just park you car somewhere nearby and walk in. Several blocks of Downtown Livermore were cordoned off with cars lining both sides of the street, along with some vendor booths here and there. I heard the number “700 cars” and I don’t doubt it. I walked the 6 square blocks-or-so over the next four hours and took hundreds, if not thousands of pictures. I met lots of great people, many of them car owners, and got some great shots. The weather held out all day, nice and sunny, warm but never too hot. I got an excellent teriyaki chicken kabob along the way, and had an excellent day. Mind you, this is not a concourse-grade, Pebble Beach-type show with ultra-rare million-dollar Bugattis and Birdcage Mazeratis. These are the cars that most of us grew up with, mostly typical American classic cars and hot rods. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who loves that sort of thing and lives anywhere near the Bay Area.
NOSTALGIA DAY CAR SHOW-2014
WHERE THE HECK IS LIVERMORE?
For those of you who don’t know where Livermore is, it’s at the very eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area, along Highway 580. In fact, it’s the last town you go through as you leave the Bay Area, before climbing over the Altamont Pass with its endless wind generators silently churning out power. Livermore still has the feeling of a small town, even though its grown into a modern, vibrant city over the years. City planners have required developers to dedicate large portions of their land to grape vineyards, in support of a growing wine industry, and in an effort to become ‘another Napa Valley’. The welcome biproduct is that the neighborhoods have lots of space around them, with vineyards in between. Livermore sort of bridges the gap between the city and the country, with genuine farmers living alongside urban yuppies.
Nostalgia Day Car Show-2014: COOL STUFF
ABOVE: 1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible, black. I got 15 great pictures of it, including interior.
ABOVE: 1958 Chevrolet Corvette, light blue. 14 pictures of it, including interior.
BELOW: 1958 Chevrolet Corvette, white. 19 pictures of it, including engine & interior.
ABOVE: 1966 Ford Shelby GT350, white. 18 pictures of it, including engine & interior.
BELOW: 1967 Buick GS400 Convertible, silver. 20 pictures of it, including engine & interior.
ABOVE: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, bronze. 14 pictures, including the interior.
BELOW: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, blue. 20 pictures, including engine & interior.
ABOVE: 1967 Ford Fairlane Convertible, green. 9 pictures, including the interior.
BELOW: 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible, gold. 9 pictures, including the interior.
ABOVE: 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, white. 10 pictures of the exterior.
BELOW:1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, custom red. 9 pictures, including the interior.
ABOVE: 1968 Ford Fairlane 500 Fastback, gray. 10 pictures including the interior.
BELOW: 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Convertible, green. 23 pictures, including engine & interior.
ABOVE: 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix-Model “J”, green. 15 pictures, including interior.
BELOW: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, light blue. 18 pictures, including engine & interior.
ABOVE: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, orange. 19 pictures, including engine & interior.
BELOW: 1970 Ford Torino Cobra, yellow. 21 pictures, including engine & interior.
ABOVE: 1970 Plymouth Cuda 440/6-pack, brown. 22 pictures, including interior.
BELOW: 1970 Plymouth GTX, blue. 15 pictures, including engine.
ABOVE: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, dark green. 10 pictures of exterior.
BELOW: 1971 Plymouth Satellite Sebring, orange. 9 pictures of exterior.
ABOVE: 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle, red custom. 9 pictures of exterior.
BELOW: 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, black. 11 pictures of exterior.
ABOVE: 1973 Plymouth Cuda. 15 pictures, including interior.
BELOW: 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, dark blue. 9 pictures, including interior.
ABOVE: 1989 Ford Mustang Saleen SSC, white. 14 pictures, including interior.
BELOW: 1994 Ford Mustang Cobra Indy Pace Car, red. 12 pictures, including interior.
ABOVE: 1999 Pontiac Trans Am, black. 17 pictures including engine & interior.
BELOW: 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T, blue. 15 pictures, including interior.
ABOVE: 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible. 12 pictures, including interior.
BELOW: Perhaps the most original streetrod I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what else to call it so I dubbed it the “Steampunk Rod”. That’s all polished copper. The interior looks like it came out of a 1930’s fighter plane, with a speedo that’s pure Captain Nemo. Like I said, I’ve never seen anything else like it. Congrats to whoever built it. I got 9 pictures of it, interior & exterior.