Forget the necktie

June 11, 2008

Dads hate ties. Most dads like cars, though. So celebrate Father’s Day at the 44th Annual L.A. Roadster Show instead. Admission is actually less than a tie and you get to hang around with some really cool car guys and a whole lot of their classic pre-1935  roadsters, most of which are better cared for than a Hollywood starlet.

Anyway, here are the details: Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Yes, you read 7 a.m. This means you can take in the roadster show and still make it home in time for Sunday dinner. All good, since sometimes moms don’t love cars as much as dads do.

Park at Gate 17. Hop on the tram. Admission is $15 per person; free for children under 12. You can purchase a special weekend pass for both days for $25.


Forget the necktie, part 2

You can set the stage for a perfect Father’s Day celebration at Wine & Cars Under the Stars, the sipping and noshing and oohing and aaahing (at the classic roadsters) benefit for the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. It’s this Saturday night, 6 – 11 p.m. at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum; adults only, of course, because it’s about adult beverages of all kinds. There’s an auction, too, and dancing. Whooeee!

Last year’s event was wicked awesome, with guests enjoying a “drive-in” movie. This year’s feature film is Viva Las Vegas, an Elvis fave from 1964.









This year’s has some new twists that promise to make it even cooler. The new Wine World of Sports competition pitted entries from the wineries of golf, baseball, hockey and appropriately, car racing greats. It was the Dodgers’ Tommy Lasorda versus golf’s John Daly, fighting cork to bottle with racing’s Mario Andretti.

And the winner? LASORDA, Pinot Grigio, Veneto IGT 2007, which won Best Wine and Best of Class. Lasorda himself will join other wine lovers at the Saturday night soiree. He has a blog, too, in case you want to hear him sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” It’s pretty funny.

Tickets are $100 per person, $50 of which is tax deductible. For ticket info call Wendy Schwartz at 909.865.4207 or visit WCUS tix.


Forget the necktie, part 3


If you’re really serious about Dad’s special day, the Giant RV Show is here through Sunday, the 15th, in the White Avenue lot. It’s free and there are deals to be made, folks.


See you Saturday night!


  1. Wine, cars and Elvis. Could it get any better?

  2. I wonder if they serve Cheetos with that wine. It sounds like a fun event. I’m also looking forward to the End of Summer Concert Series.

  3. The roadster show sounds great. Thanks for the blog.

  4. OMG! Wine & Cars at Fairplex. This sounds like a spectacular event. Tommy Lasorda will be in the house. My husband will have the best Father’s Day ever! I love the fact that this is a charitable event. See you on Saturday.

  5. What about that rabbit show this weekend? I dont know much about it…is it any good?

  6. Great show, great drinks. What a night! Just need one of the high boy roadsters to fire up as a call to auction. Nothing like the noise of a V8 to wake people up.
    Auction item next year – a ride in a Frank Hawley dragster at the strip?
    Super good time was had by all.

  7. Wine & Cars rocked! It was such a fun event. The food is awesome and it is fun just to be outside and enjoy the company. Also, it is so cute how the match the wine with the cars. I love that!

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