July 18th from 10am to 5pm along Big Basin Way in historic downtown Saratoga, over 300 vehicles will be on display, attracting tens of thousands car enthusiasts.
The Saratoga Classic Car Show is in its 8th year and is one of the Bay Area’s most popular car events, with over 15,000 people in attendance. The exhibit runs the gamut, including cars of all makes and models, from classics from the 1920’s through the 1970’s as well as both American and foreign new and exotic vehicles.
Unlike many resident car shows that have very explicit year, make and model requirements to register a car, the only prerequisite to exhibit a vehicle in the Saratoga Classic Car Show is that it must be cool.
“We’re keeping the small town characteristics, meaning if you’ve got a cool car, bring it,” the event’s founder Tiger Teerlink said. “If we restricted the requirements, there wouldn’t be enough cars in a small town. You don’t get bored looking at the same make or era; it mixes it up a little bit.”
Teerlink is president of the Cool Car Club of Saratoga, Los Gatos and Campbell, which hosts the event in conjunction with the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.
The free, family-friendly event, which was held in parking lots during its first few years, has established an impressive reputation, and Teerlink expects the 2017 event to be the biggest yet. Big Basin Way will be closed from 6am to 6pm for the duration of the car show. Parking is available at West Valley College campus parking lot at 14000 Fruitvale Avenue. Free shuttle pickup and return service is offered throughout the day.
Momentum Chevrolet, the largest Corvette dealer in the Bay Area, will exhibit the latest-model Corvette while Campbell Auto Restoration, known for their for classic cars, will have at least one car on display. American Motors Custom and Classics, a classic car dealership located on Stevens Creek Boulevard, will have several cars in the show.
Along with the impressive display of muscle cars, custom hot rods, antique, classic, specialty and exotic cars will be fantastic food, local beers and wine, live radio broadcasts, live music (including classic rock, of course) and a unique assortment of vendors offering their wares for sale. Show attendees can enjoy food and shopping at over 50 downtown eateries and retail establishments, all of which are open during the event. The Classic Car Show also raises money to benefit Bay Area non-profit organizations.
The day before the show, the event kicks off with the Tri-City Cool Car Cruise. Show participants as well as anyone with a ‘cool car’ will meet at 10:30am at the 76 Station on Big Basin Way, cruising through the downtown areas of Campbell, Los Gatos and Saratoga during the lunch hour to promote Sunday’s Classic Car Show. Click here to watch a video of the 2016 cool car cruise.
Saratoga Classic Car Show
Sunday, July 16th
10am to 5pm
Big Basin Way, Saratoga