Summer is about over, and the annual blizzard of hot-weather automotive events that keeps car-crazed Sacramento-area residents on the go is tapering off.
Fortunately, you live in Northern California, where auto event organizers never take their foot off the gas pedal. The dedicated gear head still has lots of options available before the Christmas carols fill the airwaves.
Here are five options to consider this fall:
The 12th annual Niello Concours at Serrano will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 on the grounds of the Serrano Visitors Center, 4525 Serrano Parkway in El Dorado Hills.
Rick Niello, president of the Sacramento-based Niello Co., which oversees more than a dozen mostly high-end car dealerships throughout Northern California, patterned his automotive gathering on the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held each summer on the Monterey Peninsula. The Niello show is an annual display eye-popping classics, exotics and rare vehicles in an elegant setting.
This year’s featured marque is Cadillac, and the event pays a special tribute to Ferrari’s 60 years in America. For more information on the event and tickets, go to nielloconcoursatserrano. com.
Most of the new vehicles available for the 2016 model year will be on display Oct. 16-18 at the Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo. The three-day show, at 1600 Exposition Blvd., is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association and typically features new models from nearly 40 domestic and foreign manufacturers.
Show organizers have spent the past few years adding new, auto-related attractions and additional family areas. The show also features “ride-and-drive” courses where attendees can try out vehicles produced by various automakers.
For more information, go to sacautoshow. com.
The California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento, will host the Tuner Car Show from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 24. The free-to-spectators event, put on in conjunction with local car clubs and tuner groups in the paved parking area just south of the museum, will feature trophies and prize money awarded in various categories, including best interior, best paint and best track car.
While the museum’s collection includes vehicles from the dawn of the automotive age, the October show is a shoutout to the world of modern modifications to nimble, recent-era vehicles. Most modifications are made to enhance performance, although high marks in the genre go to flashy customization of car interiors and exteriors. For those devoted to the “Fast and Furious” series of movies, this ranks as a must-see.
For more information on the event and registering cars ($20 in advance, $25 at the gate), go to calautomuseum. org/tuners.
The 53-year-old Roamin’ Angels club takes regional auto enthusiasts into the fall season with its 16th annual “Cruisin’ the Pines” car show Sept. 11-13 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.
Hundreds of pre-1973 classics and other cars will be competing for numerous awards. Vintage trailers, classic boats and modern machinery also are part of the show. The extensive event includes vendors, special exhibits, a cars-for-sale corral, crafts, an art show, raffles, live entertainment, pinstriping demos and refreshments. Weekend admission is $5. For more information, go to roaminangelsinc. com.
The Capital City Cruisers will host its OctoberFest Car Show & Toy Run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Palladio at Broadstone shopping complex bounded by Broadstone Parkway, East Bidwell Street and Iron Point Road, Folsom. Show award presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Early registration is $10 plus a toy, or $25 alone at the gate. Besides featuring some 400 hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and classics, the show gives the local car club an early start on presents for needy youngsters this holiday season. Palladio amenities on-site include more than 50 stores, 13 restaurants and 16 movie theaters.
For more information on registration and the event, go to capitolcitycruisers.org.