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8 of the Best Car Shows in the U.S. that You can Fly To

Car enthusiasts and aviators have a lot in common, from a love of fine engineering to top speeds to the roar of an engine. And car shows are the perfect destination for anyone looking to spend a day or two exploring everything the auto world has to offer, from classic roadsters to today’s high-performance race cars and beyond. 

And don’t forget — those that love attending car shows can do so whenever they wish by obtaining a private pilot license. Wherever the next, exciting car show takes place, all you need to do is hop in the cockpit, input the coordinates and take-off to your destination. Inflight can help you become a private pilot in just a short time. Take a look at our programs here.


1) Charlotte Autofair

Location: Concord, NC

Nearest Airport: Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (JQF)

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The Charlotte AutoFair is a four-day event held twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, at the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. As the largest exhibition of collector cars, event-goers can participate in auctions, check out merchant booths, and buy/sell unique car parts to antique vehicles. The show also includes a NASCAR simulator with auto inflatables for kids.


2) Grand National Roadster Show

Location: Pomona, CA

Nearest Airport: Brackett Field Airport (POC)

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Now in its 71st year, the Grand National Roadster Show is the longest-running indoor car shows in the world, and still draws massive crowds. Last year’s show attracted 1,000 custom roadsters, hot rods, muscle cars and other vintage vehicles – some of which go on to compete for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.


3) Back To The 50s Weekend

Location: St. Paul, MN

Nearest Airport: South St. Paul Municipal Airport (SGS)

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Back to the 50s auto show in St. Paul was voted the Best Car Show by USA Today in 2016 and 2019, and brings together 12,000 cars from everything to classic rat rods to muscle cars to sports cars and beyond. With a large crowd of 150,000 descending upon the Minnesota State Fairgrounds every June, spectators will see everything from cars to celebrity appearances to seminars and concerts.


4) North American International Auto Show

Location: Detroit, MI

Nearest Airport: Coleman A Young Municipal Airport (DET)

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There’s no better place to host one of the biggest shows in the U.S. than the Motor City. Taking place every June for about a week, the event showcases the newest vehicles and latest technology offered by car manufacturers. The 2020 North American International Auto Show promises to be an even bigger, more immersive experience than ever before, with a host of new attractions like outdoor entertainment and exclusive ride-and-drive opportunities.  


5) Cruisin’ the Coast

Location: Gulf Coast, MS 

Nearest Airport: Ocean Springs Airport (5R2)

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Another big car show in the U.S., also known as “America’s largest block party,” is Cruisin’ the Coast. This car show is more of an event, as it boasts six separate stops along the Gulf Coast of the state of Mississippi, that can each be considered individual festivals in and of themselves. With live music, great food, merchandise, an auction, swap meet, parade and plenty of car enthusiasts, event-goers are sure to enjoy this car show on the southern coast.


6) Motortrend International Auto Show

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Nearest Airport: North Las Vegas Airport (VGT)

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In a town known for its over-the-top approach to everything, the Motortrend International Auto Show is no exception. This show brings together the top, newest vehicles and prototypes, under one roof. From Fords to Ferraris, there is a fantastic variety of automobiles from the big manufacturers in the industry. Event-goers are even able to sit behind the new cars, examine the engines and, if you’re lucky, take one out for a spin on the Vegas Strip.


7) Iola Car Show

Location: Iola, WI

Nearest Airport: Central County Airport (68C)

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The Iola Car Show in Wisconsin brings together more than 100,000 attendees, with over 4,000 swap spaces, 2,000 show cars, surrounded by 1,600 campsites. Attendees will be treated to three days of live bands, beer tents, camping and of course – an outstanding classic ar show. So get revved up for this unique experience in the Midwest!


8) New York International Auto Show

Location: New York, NY

Nearest Airport: Teterboro Airport (TEB)

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Just like everything that is done in New York, this auto show goes all out – featuring more than four floors of displays from the world’s leading automakers, event-goers are treated to some of the newest vehicles, latest concept cars and production models. Participate in test drives, check out 1,000 cars and trucks and be among fellow car enthusiasts that share your love for automobiles. 


Are you ready to explore your favorite destinations?

With a private pilot license, you can travel to any of these exciting car shows in the United States at your leisure. All it takes is a call to Inflight Pilot Training to get started. With a reputable team of highly qualified certified flight instructors, and proven programs designed to your learning style, we can help you gain the skills needed to fly an airplane. Contact our team of flight instructors to find out more. For additional information on Inflight training programs, contact us today or call (952) 698-3000.