Monday, June 15, 2015

State Street Nationals Car Show


In my family, we all love to look at classic cars. Every year in Santa Barbara, on the third Sunday in May, there is a car show called the State Street Nationals that takes over several blocks of State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.  We stumbled on the show a few years ago when a friend came through town on a Sunday and we ate together downtown. We have returned faithfully every year  and the show has gotten bigger. This year it was 11 blocks of cars. My husband walked eight of those blocks, my son and I stopped after about four blocks.
You can imagine how much I loved this truck with the skeleton passenger.











There are many more photos at the event website and also at this site.

17 comments:

  1. Lovely stuff - went to a vintage car show while visiting Australia in January and it was really terrific to see the kind of models they had there.

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    1. That sounds like fun, Sergio. I love old cars and admire the effort people put into them.

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  2. They sure knew how to insert romance in autos once upon a time.

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    1. So true, Patti. Maybe that is part of the appeal.

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  3. Great photos, I'm not a petrol-head but their is something attractive about older cars,

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    1. I don't care much for today's cars, except to get me somewhere, but I like even the cars from the 50's, 60's, 70's. Nostalgia, I guess.

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  4. My husband would love this. We saw Clive Cussler a couple of years ago at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ. He brought some of his classic cars with him and they were parked outside. Hubby still has the pictures and shows them to people. LOL

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    1. Kay, that sounds like a lot of fun, combining books and classic cars.

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  5. Oh, these are great 'photos, Tracy! Thanks for sharing. And yes, I can well imagine you liked the one with the skeleton passenger :-). I know people do put a lot of money and effort into those classic and antique cars.

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    1. Margot, I kept wondering how much money (and time and effort) all of the roughly 300 cars that were there represented. They were very spiffy.

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  6. Just gorgeous. It's one of the things I love about summer here - vintage car enthusiasts get their treasures out of wraps.

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    1. Katrina, we always get excited when we see an old classic car out on the streets. Doesn't happen often, but always a pleasure to see.

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  7. Tracy, these classic and vintage cars look so expressive, like they are "alive." We have similar vintage car rallies and shows in India though I have never been to one.

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    1. People must love classic cars all over the world, Prashant. The do glow, don't they?

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  8. This sounds like a great event, and what terrific photos!

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    1. They are lovely photos. Glen likes details. There is a Woodie show in August we are looking forward to: Woodies on the Beach.

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  9. I'm sure your whole family had a great time checking out all of those classic cars. They really look fantastic, and I guess it will be such an honor to own one, or even just to experience driving one. Thank you so much for sharing this, Tracy! :)

    Diana Hayes @ Baldwin Subaru

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