Every first Saturday in June, Los Angeles’ original Farmers’ Market hosts a themed car show beside its cafés, stalls of produce, and souvenir shops. Recent years’ featured marques have included Studebaker’s Avanti and Ford’s Mustang, but for 2018 the twenty-fourth annual show presented something entirely different, the classic Southern California low rider. Titled “Low and Slow” this offered a rare chance to see these tiny wheeled showboats glistening outdoors in warm Calfornia sunshine where they belong.
Though the Gilmore Show emphasizes a different style car each year, featured cars comprise less than half of the autos on display. Invariably, the remainder are a wildly eclectic bunch. This year everything from a restored Dodge woody to a limited production Ghia GS-1 coupe, a Delorean, and a Model T Ford showed up.
This free, family style show invariably offers surprises alongside the expected vintage Corvettes and Thunderbirds. This year those included a regal 1930s Imperial, a 1957 Desoto Sportsman, and a limited production 1957 Lincoln Continental Mk II.
Presentations like the annual Gilmore Auto Show are helpful to the classic car hobby as they display these priceless classics to a general public that normally might not attend such a gathering. The crowd this year was as large and enthusiastic as usual, a good sign for the continued viability of the classic car hobby.
Photos and article by Jim Cherry
As always, you can find this show and over 1,000 others on the Curbside Car Show Calendar. Plus you can list shows at no cost as well.