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  • Writer's pictureKelsey

Car Show Season, AZ: (Pavilions Car Show)

The Pavilions car show has been happening every Saturday, without a break, for 20 years.

In summer, when the nightly temp is 110 and the sun doesn’t set until 8PM, you may only see 15 or 25 cars here. The week of all the local car auctions? It swells to the thousands. Instead of showing up at 4PM hundreds are cars start pulling in at 8AM.

It’s a sight to see. There isn’t much organization so it’s best to just check it all out. I try to walk every row.


Fair warning, this is basically just a big photo dump from my Saturday afternoon walking the isles. Any attempt at organization was half hearted and mostly a failure.


You can’t really encompass the entire place without a drone. Even then, the cars are moving in and out all day so it’s hard to not miss at least 50% of what showed up and then left before you noticed.

There is something about old drag slicks I love. I don’t know what it is.


Ready for the BS Awards? I just decided what they are and these folks win.


The winner for the “Owner who most looks like his car”:

The Two-tone award:

The original Overlander... award:

The I WANT I WANT, Award:

Comes with a free Bra.

The car most likely to make you say “I wish I would have bought one when they were cheap” in the near future award, goes to all of these.

The alien antenna award goes to....

The “Uncut just feels better even though most cut it.” Award.

The, “I want to believe”, but those aren’t real Fuchs and I think it’s not a turbo” award.

The “New and improved Ford Fusion Coupe.” award:

The coolest old plate/long forgotten hotrod club Devil decoratiom, award...

The “Cocaine can take us back in time!” award.

The “coolest homemade muffler” award goes to the guy who said to me. “Does it have baffles?! What do you think the weld marks are on the side..?”

Oops, sorry, Duh award, goes to:

The “Oh shit, I shouldn’t mess with the Volvo enthusiasts parking area”



The car most likely to make you say. “I wont drive that without a lot of LSD.”


Urals are cool, I don’t care who you are. They fake out a lot of people.

The, “I feel smarter than others when they think my bike is old” award goes to:

“WOW! I bet it’s a pain int he ass to find parts for that old thing!!” -The guy next to me.

“It’s 2006 so I just go to the dealer for parts.” -The owner.

Mmmm, I love Targa’s. I like hard top 911s more, but the Targa’s are sure pretty in their own way.

The, “don’t judge me, I like it” award goes to:

Let’s pause this award ceremony to look at just the tips of these cars. Mmm, I sometimes realize that for a half hour I’ve only taken photos of grills and hood ornaments...Sometimes one is not enough.

The “Oh shit, those do exist?” award goes to:

A Willy’s Aerowing. I’ve never actually seen one of these before.

The “Everything I need and nothing I don’t. I don’t need you, I just need my thermos and this Triumph. That’s all I need!” Award goes to:

The “I was born this way and I’ll be damned if I’m going to get braces just because you are staring at me, underbite” award goes to:

The “Fire domes to the each of us”, award goes to:


I’ll buy a car with an obsolete water pump just so we can hang out.

The “I have a gated shifter, but I don’t drive it so the next guy can” award:

The “It looked good on paper!” award winner.

The “it makes me tired just thinking about cleaning and waxing it” award goes to:

The “I’m bald, but my car has a nice head of hair” award goes to:

The “I am not afraid of commitment” award goes to this Colorado Coolaid fan:

The “I want it, maybe just a little because no one else loves it” award goes to:

The “That F-350 is sure cute and short” award goes to:

The “I don’t care if it has 2 scoops of raisins, I hate sugar scoops” headlights award goes to:

The, I love old cars because of details like this award goes to:

The 4 door winner.

The “I don’t like muscle cars that much, but I love this one. So what, I’m unamerican, they just do nothing for me. Shut up. I’m sorry” award goes to:


The perfect patina award goes to:

I love this strange and wonderful Vortech Supercharger for the Gremlin.

The paint on this 280Z was mesmerizing.

We’ll file this thing under crimes against vehicles. I don’t actually hate on the ones I put in this category, but they are just the ones that I don’t like and I want to destroy with fire and lava. IMHO.

The “Most likely to make my Porsche purist friend throw up.” award goes to this something with a fake slant nose and the a body gap big enough to load luggage through.

Did I mention it’s got a V8? Hide your eyes.

The crimes against messing with a good thing award goes to:



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