Maine’s car-show season is about to get the green flag, with everything from Model Ts and fire trucks to classics all shined up and ready to gaze upon.
What is it about summer and cars?
Well, in Maine, summer may be the only time the weather’s nice enough to stand outside admiring cars.
Then there are the nostalgic memories we all have related to cars: Heading to the drive-in on a summer evening in the family’s 1975 Buick station wagon, cruising to the beach as a teen in a 1966 Dodge Dart or a first date in a Mustang.
Whatever the reason, cars move us, and not just physically.
That’s why there are dozens of car shows organized all over Maine each summer, with enough variety to entice hot rod enthusiasts and hard-core car buffs as well as casual admirers.
The variety of shows and events scheduled for this weekend is a good example of that. All manner of cars and trucks are invited to Pine Point in Scarborough, and car buffs will be showing off their babies in Old Orchard Beach. Plus, antique fire trucks and 100-year-old Model T Fords will be on display in Boothbay.
So start your engines, literally and metaphorically, and head out to a car show. It might be a nice way to spend Father’s Day.
Here’s a roundup of some this weekend, as well as deeper into the summer.
Bayley’s 14th annual Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bayley’s Camping Resort, 275 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, $5 ($3 for kids); bayleysresort.com
At this campground car show, you’re likely to see fat-fendered Chevys from the 1940s lined up in one spot, then a mess of 1970s muscle cars in another. There will be a deejay playing oldies, and a barbeque dinner is offered after the show for $12.95. Plus, admission to the car show allows you use to the campground’s pool.
Family Fun Day, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road (Route 27), Boothbay, free for children, $10 for adults; railwayvillage.org
Known mostly for its railroad, this attraction also has a great antique auto exhibition, with more than 60 vehicles dating back to 1902. Vintage gas pumps, oil cans and service manuals are on display as well. Plus, on Family Fun Day, you can bring the kids to see the cars and the train for free. There will be free rides in a Ford Model T and free rides in a 1936 Dodge fire truck, originally used in Augusta.
All-American Auto Meet, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum St., Owls Head, $16 (free for kids); owlshead.org
The Owls Head Transportation Museum has a collection of more than 150 cars, planes and bikes, but on this day they’ll have hundreds more on display as car buffs from all over the East motor up the Maine coast for this event. The show invites pre-1995 vehicles to exhibit. Admission gets you into all the museum exhibits too. There also will be Model T rides. The event continues on Sunday was well.
Pork, Torque ‘n Brew, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Ballpark, 7 Ballpark Way, Old Orchard Beach, $10; oob365.com
This car show is put on by the Maine Coast Cruisers and includes prize money for the best custom and classic cars and trucks in various classes. Plus there’s a free barbecue tasting, as the car show is being held in conjunction with the Smokin’ at the Ballpark BBQ Fest. After the car show, stick around for the judging at 2 p.m.
Father’s Day at Seal Cove, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont St., Seal Cove, free for fathers and children under 5, $2 to $6 for others; sealcoveautomuseum.org
Located in the picturesque village of Seal Cove on the quieter west side of Mount Desert Island, this museum has more than 50 automobiles, with a focus on the very old ones, from about 1895 to 1917. Tours and talks geared toward Dad.
June 27: Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show, Faith Evangelical Free Church, 250 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free to spectators; newdimensionsfcu.com
July 5: Front Street Shuffle Antique Car Show, Front Street in Bath, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., free. bathheritagedays.com
July 11: Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department 14th annual Car Show, Blue Hill Fairgrounds, Route 172, Blue Hill, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $1 to $3; sedgwickvfdcarshow.org
July 11-12: Rod, Custom and Muscle Car Cruise-In Car Show at Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $16, free for kids; owlshead.org
July 12: Moxie Car Show, Lisbon High School, 2 Sugg Drive, Lisbon, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $10, moxiefestival.com
July 18: 37th annual Founders Day Classic Car Exhibit, Village Green, Paris Hill, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $2 to $10 (donations); hamlin.lib.me.us
July 24-26: Antique Tractor and Engine Show, Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road, Eliot, $6 (children under 12 free); raittfarmmuseum.org