L.A. Weekender: Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

Cheers to another glorious feels-like-summer weekend in L.A.! It is the first weekend of spring and there is plenty to do in the county. Keep reading for today’s L.A. Weekender.

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Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals: You can hear the burnouts happening from our office. The screeching, squealing and vroom of engines can be heard all weekend long at the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at Fairplex. This national celebration of horsepower and torque brings more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars and street machines from around the country. Open Sat – Sun, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture: ArtReach is still going on at the Millard Sheets Art Center. See the talents of local high school students in the form of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography and film. Many of the pieces have been purchased by art patrons but there are still a few left available for those interested. Otherwise, just come and enjoy an afternoon of the arts. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

 Pomona Art Walk 

Pomona Art Walk: The downtown Pomona district comes alive on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month with art, music and food. Take a stroll and admire the many layers of art that line the streets: jewelry, clothes, paintings, sculptures and home decor. Many galleries, stores and restaurants remain open late tonight and the Fox Theatre and Glass House are always great music venues. Click here for more info.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival: Taste your way through the seven seas of the world at the Los Angeles Seafood Festival. Hosted at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, this outdoor festival includes clams, oysters, fried fish, squid, octopus and much more. If you’re craving a sushi run, this might just be the place to be on Sunday. Admission is free and runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

American Girl and Kaya: The Autry Center partners with American Girl to celebrate the nationality of Kaya, a doll whose stories share what life was like as a Nez Perce girl before America became a country. Activities include basket weaving, Native American dance performances, crafts and an exploration of the museum galleries in a new Kaya scavenger hunt. The fun begins with a pre-program lunch at 11 a.m. at American Girl at The Grove in Los Angeles and moves to the Autry Center for the afternoon activites. For tickets and information, click here.

3 Things To Do on a Rainy Weekend in L.A. (L.A. Weekender)

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It’s going to be a rainy weekend in Los Angeles which means less hiking and tanning and more naps and dinner by the fireplace.

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We recommend staying in for the weekend and playing some board games or catching up on your Netflix queue but for those of you who still want to venture during the rainy weather we have a weekender’s worth of things to do on a rainy weekend in L.A. Personally, we are looking forward to clear skies as soon as possible.

Mythical Playground – Celtic Myths & Heroes: We can’t not suggest something relating to IrishFest! Visit The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and learn about the dynamic music and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales through Gulu Monteiro’s creation. Check it out on Saturday, March 1. Admission is $20. For more information click here.

Rainy Evening at the Movies: If you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki animated films, head over to the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday evening for a double feature of his most light-hearted films: My Neighbor Totoro and My Neighbors The Yamadas. My Neighbor Totoro tells the tale of two young girls and their father as they move into a new neighborhood filled with cute, mythical creatures. My Neighbors The Yamadas is a collection of cartoon shorts all centered around the antics of the lazy Yamada clan. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show: The rain should be gone by Sunday morning which is perfect for the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show at Fairplex. Browse tons of hard to find car parts and accessories at low swap meet prices and ogle thousands of original and restores classic vehicles on display. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.fairplex.com.

What is your favorite thing to do when it’s raining? Tell us in the comment section below. 

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com


January Events at Fairplex: New year, new adventures

2013 was a whirlwind of events old and new at Fairplex. We can’t believe 2014 is already upon us! From the fun adventures of Asia to the historic roots of the Roadster show to the outrageous antics of a literal beer run, Fairplex is kicking off the year with style. Which event suits your fancy?

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Fairplex kicks off 2014 with the Asian American Expo, the Tap ‘N’ Run 4k and 65th Grand National Roaster Show. Are you willing to drink and run? Dying to see some of the most beautiful cars in the nation? Or are you a fan of all things cultural and festive?

Let us know which events you’re looking forward to in the comment section below! 

Behind the scenes of the 49th Auto Club NHRA Finals

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The 49th annual NHRA Finals starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. It’s going to be loud, wild and tons of fun as thousands of drag racing fans come out to join the action and see who the world champions will be.

nitromove2 300x193 Behind the scenes of the 49th Auto Club NHRA Finals We stopped by the Auto Club Raceway today to see how preparations were going. It’s bustling down there! Crews are moving cars around, prepping them for the big weekend, Cornucopia Foods is busily setting up food stand favorites like Pink’s Hot Dogs, SoCal Burgers and the Saddle Up Saloon, and sponsors have set up their enormous trailers and booths including brands like Geicko, Toyota, Mello Yello and others.

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Golf carts, motorcycles and trucks go to and fro across the expansive grounds while the drag strip itself is being prepped for the big weekend. As if that weren’t enough, 2,500 students are also here for a Career Fair, learning about racing, the army and other exciting careers.

Needless to say, it. is. busy.

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The Sheraton Fairplex Hotel crew is bustling around, making catering preparations for several car crews as well as race attendees.

10 pit crews have requested our farm-fresh gourmet meals for their fare and Chef Teig and his team are happy to comply.

According to Teig, a wide variety of meals are being requested, with everything from down-to-earth Angus burgers to the more delicate filet mignon.

Meanwhile on the other side of campus in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the Prolong Twilight Cruise is getting ready to kick-off at 4 p.m. this evening.

The Twilight Cruise invites car enthusiasts to come together for a relaxing evening of food, drink and cars galore. Guests bring their muscle cars, hot rods and classics down as they mix and mingle with fellow car lovers. It’s the perfect “pre-game” to the drag racing finals.

More information on the NHRA finals can be found at www.nhratix.com.
To learn more about the Prolong Twilight Cruise, click here.


Drag racing, dinosaurs and graffiti at Fairplex

Wow October has zoomed by! It seems like only last week that we were shutting down the L.A. County Fair and starting preparations for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare and Oktoberfest. Throw in the Bubble Run, myriad extreme sporting events and expos and it’s no wonder that October is truly the busiest month of our year.  We are more than ready to put the engine on cruise control for a little while.

Not that we’re slowing down, exactly… Here is what’s going down at Fairplex this month:

PC2 13 150x150 Drag racing, dinosaurs and graffiti at Fairplex NHRA Finals: Things are about to get loud… Really loud. It’s no secret that Fairplex history intertwines with drag racing.  We play host to the NHRA Auto Club Finals next weekend (November 7-10th) and are prepped for some stellar racing at the prestigious Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

The Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit and has seen many thrilling races over the years. For additional information visit www.nhratix.com

logo 150x150 Drag racing, dinosaurs and graffiti at Fairplex Wonder of Dinosaurs: If you grew up with The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park or if you relate to Ross Gellar from Friends, this exhibition was made for you. Wonder of Dinosaurs invites guests of all ages into the primeval world. Attractions include more than 100 robotic and static dinosaurs, dino rides, bounce houses, mini-golf and gemstone & gold panning. We’re excited to welcome this exhibit in late November and hope you can stop by and join us for the fun. For more information visit www.wonderofdinosaurs.com  

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It’s the start of the holiday season and we are excited to celebrate the last two months of the year. Stay tuned for updates, fun party ideas and behind-the-scenes at Fairplex!

L.A. Weekender: Cars & Stripes, a block party, a Color Run and science

Do you hear that? The birds chirping, the beat of the heat wave, splashes from the pool? That’s because it’s Friday… Given that Independence Day is less than a week away, we thought we would keep it fairly mellow this weekend so you can get your family ready for the fireworks festivities that are sure to dominate next weekend.

So without further ado, this week’s L.A. Weekender:

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1. Cars & Stripes Forever!: If 4th of July excitement is hitting you a little early this weekend, head on down to Port of Los Angeles and check out their 5th annual Cars & Stripes Forever show. Check out more than 100 cars on display, ride the Red Car, and grab a drink or two from the beer garden. Make sure you stick around until 9:20 p.m. for the fireworks show! Admission is free.

2. Komodo Block Party: A last-Friday-of-the-month tradition since 2010, the Komodo Block Party brings the best of an L.A. Summer to the corner of Pico & Robertson with food trucks and live music. An Instagram photo contest rounds out the list of activities. 6-10 p.m. See website for details.

3. The Color Run: If you planned to work-out at some point this weekend consider joining The Color Run, happening at Fairplex on Saturday. We already covered what The Color Run entails yesterday, and getting doused in pink, green, blue and yellow sounds like a good way to kick off any Saturday of the summer.

4. Claremont Village Blues & Brews: If you’re feeling a mellow Saturday night, take a stroll down to Claremont Village for the Blues & Brews night. Craft beer tastings and food samplings will be featured at a number of businesses while a continual line-up of live blues music creates a relaxing summer evening atmosphere. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.claremontbluesandbrews.com.

5. California Science Center: If the mere thought of outdoor festivals and running a 5k makes you break into a sweat, turn your back on all things outdoors and head to the California Science Center. Take a peek at the Endeavor space shuttle and more than 100 hands-on science experiments–all for free. If you feel like shelling out a few extra dollars, watch a film at the museum’s IMAX theater. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to succumb to the heat every day icon smile L.A. Weekender: Cars & Stripes, a block party, a Color Run and science

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Check back here on Wednesday for a special 4th of July edition of the weekender.

Comment below if you have any suggestions on what to check out this weekend!

Celebrating Dads and Cars

It’s Father’s Day weekend and that means the annual L.A. Roadsters Show is here. A 48-year tradition, the Roadsters Show offers two days full of fun for the car-loving dad in your house (or mom!). Check out our web page for tickets and hours, www.fairplex.com, and don’t miss the Dad’s Backyard BBQ at the Longboard Bar on Sunday. To whet your appetite, here is some eye candy from the show:


Dr. Detail’s Journey to Pomona

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show is this Sunday. We have a guest blog about Dr. Detail written by Tony Barthel from the Curbside Auto Column and Car Show Calendar, who writes for Pomona Swap Meet’s Blog.

Dr  Detail 300x264 150x141 Dr. Details Journey to Pomona This issue of the Swap Meet newsletter has a thread that weaves through the stories, where people get their start because life has thrown them a curve ball and they step up to the plate and knock that curve ball right out of the park. Such is also the case with Dr. Detail, who started his business for his mom 40 years ago, after she got put out to pasture at just 70 years young.

In those days he was already coming to Pomona with the 240Z club and, as a research chemist, he set mom Margaret (Peggy) Loomis up with the detail business. Oh, that’s right, you all know her as Swap Meet Mom. “She was a bookkeeper, but she could sell as well as I can,” said son Wayne Loomis of the lady who inspired Dr. Detail. So what we’re saying here, is that a research chemist sets up a detailing supply company for his mom, who finds customers at the Pomona Swap Meet. Yeah, that’s about right. But what makes Dr. Detail different is that Wayne knows about the ingredients in the products he sells, so he can spot the winners. Wait, maybe it’s the winners that don’t spot, after all, it is the detail biz. Anyhow, Dr. Detail researches his products and also loves the Pomona Swap Meet because he can listen to what customers are asking for. From there, he visits with the manufacturers and develops a line of products that help detailers all over the world to do a fantastic job. “I not only set them up, but spend time with them on choosing products and how to use them – how to start, how to price. I’ll help them to whatever degree it takes to get into the business,” states Wayne. These products include cleaning products, pinstriping supplies, pressure washers and much, much more.

One of the more interesting things is that Wayne, er, Dr. Detail, is seeing more and more people stop by his booth at Pomona and ask about getting into the detailing business. Unlike so many opportunities nowadays, you can step into the detailing business with almost no money and get started. “All you need is a bucket and a hose,” joked Wayne. Well, actually, that’s not far from the truth. But you can step up and get a very professional rig that can be towed behind most vehicles for well under $5000 and that will mean you’ve got a very high-quality detailing machine. So here’s a business with small starting capital, where you can really clean up. Insert rim shot here.

In all seriousness, it is a good business and having someone who has your back is certainly a very good thing. In fact, Dr. Detail is holding a class sponsored by the County of Orange next month to help detailers deal with runoff. Presently, a lot of governmental bodies are clamping down on what runs into our storm drains and these workshops help detailers mitigate runoff, which helps both in compliance with local regulations, but also means they’re greener. Hey, that’s a good thing!

While Swap Meet Mom has since passed away, Dr. Detail continues with his stakehold at the Pomona Swap Meet. “It’s the best – I’d never miss a Pomona Swap Meet. People come from all over the world,” Wayne says fondly. That’s not a stretch, either. Dr. Detail has met people from countries like Australia, New Zealand and Japan and, in some cases, sold them entire container loads of detailing supplies. “It ends up being cheaper to buy and ship from here, than to buy on their home turf. Plus they get a trip to America as well.”

Dr. Detail is also available at his store in Fullerton, CA.,which is located at 1115 W. Orangethorpe. You can also reach him by phone at (714) 870-8555 or on the Internet at http://drdetailforless.com/. Of course you can find him at the Pomona Swap Meet, on Road 23, Spaces 12, 14, 16 and 18 at each and every event, where he listens to his many repeat and new customers and helps them with their own success.
If you don’t find Dr. Detail behind his booth, you’ll likely have the pleasure of meeting one of the kids he meets at church, who generally have their first jobs working Dr. Detail’s booth. “I like to give back to the community and help people get their start,” asserts Dr. Detail.

It’s nice to meet someone who likes to give back – that puts a positive spin on the story for sure.

Selling (or Buying) a Car Has Never Been So Easy

pricingheader2 Selling (or Buying) a Car Has Never Been So EasySo you have an extra car sitting around or you want to sell your existing car to ramp up your down payment for a new one. But the thought of having buyers come to your house doesn’t sound so appealing. SoCal Auto Showcase has the perfect solution. SCAS is at Fairplex on weekends with what they call a community display lot for used “for-sale-by-owner” cars. Sellers can bring their car here in a safe, mutual location.

Wallace Hagstrom, owner of SCAS, said selling personally owned cars at community lots is a new trend, one that he sees as a benefit to the seller and the buyer. Buyers can come and peruse a variety of cars in one location. Buyers inspect the vehicles and if interested they call the owner directly, arrange for a “test drive” (owner must be present) and make the deal!  Sellers bring cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, motor homes, boats, trailers and more (no cars older than 1975 accepted).

There are no commission fees, no middleman. Sellers deal directly with buyers. Sellers pay a fee for having their vehicle on the lot. Check out the website for pricing. The lot is located at Fairplex Gate 23 on Arrow Highway.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, sounds like a good deal – convenient and safe. Looks like I’ll be heading here in a few years for a certain teenager.

Burn Rubber Baby…It’s Drag Racing Time!

This week guest blogger Tim L. gives us his take on our drag races.

What do you think about when you hear the phrase “drag races”? Does it take you back to your first car and seeing if you were faster than your buddies? If you’re a baby-boomer, then drag races means burnouts, nostalgic cars, American muscle and real engines…..NOT those furiously fast import tuner cars. This weekend, Fairplex will once again play host to the NHRA drag race season opener.

The 52nd O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals and names like Larry Dixon, John Force, Tony Schumacher,”fast Jack” Beckman and Brandon Bernstein come roaring into town February 9-12. Everything from the smell of beer and hot dogs to burning rubber and alcohol funny-car exhaust will permeate the air in a way that makes everyone ages 1 to 100 grin from one finger-plugged ear to the other.

I can remember as a kid coming with my dad to the drags when he worked in the automotive industry, and thinking that if his job consisted of being around cars and racing, then he had an awesome job. You see, I grew up watching my dad work at a few very well-respected companies within the auto industry, and at age 4 I could tell you what kind of car my parents were driving next to…it’s in my blood and car shows and drag racing are my heaven.

The drags don’t symbolize just a fun environment with noise and fast cars, it is the epitome of my inner addiction to the sound of an engine revving high into the bone-rattling upper limits of the RPM spectrum while waiting for the tree to glow green, so two cars could go flying down the strip. The heavenly smell of a big block Chevy idling in a 1940 Willy’s or a beautiful 1972 Plymouth Duster in perfect condition puts a smile on my face. It takes me to a place that not much else can.

I want to leave you with one last thought….are you ready to feel your chest rumble like never before while seeing a car speed past you at over 300 miles per hour? I am!

To get more information on the drag races please visit www.fairplex.com, www.nhratix.com or call Fairplex at (909) 623-3111.