Rev up your engines, cruise over to Canyon Lake Car Show tomorrow


Hundreds of cars will cruise to the lodge tomorrow for the 12th annual Canyon Lake Car Show. The Car Show is hosted by the Canyon Lake Car Club and Canyon Lake POA and considered one of the largest annual events in Canyon Lake. The event opens to the public at 9 a.m.

Organizers say more than 300 pre-1977 classic and custom cars and trucks will be on display. The show will also feature more than 20 vendor booths, music by High Energy Sounds, opportunity drawings, awards, Car Cruise and post-show Dinner Dance.

The lodge will open early and offer breakfast and lunch. The outside bars will be offering Car Show drink specials.

Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. in front of the Information Booth. A total of 27 trophies will be awarded. The members of the Canyon Lake Car Club are not eligible to win trophies. Their cars and trucks will have a Do Not Judge sticker on them.

Trophies are given within the following classes of cars and trucks: 1900-1928; 1929-1936; 1937-1948; 1949-1954; 1955-1964; and 1965-1976.

There will be three trophies per classification; One Best of Class and two Award of Excellence trophies will be awarded per classification. These 18 awards winners are judged by their peers.  Each registered car and truck get one ballot. Ballots are turned in by noon on the day of the show. The dignitaries from the POA and City also choose four classics and four additional trophies are given. Five special trophies, custom made by a local artist, will be awarded for Best Paint, Best Body, Best Engine, Best of Show and a special  “Sam Foose” award.

The traditional Car Cruise around the lake will take place following the awards presentation. Residents and their guests are encouraged to line the streets and cheer on the vehicles. Photo provided by CLPOA

Car Cruise

Following the awards presentation, participants in the Car Show will end the event with the traditional Car Cruise around Canyon Lake. Canyon Lake residents are encouraged to line the streets and cheer on the vehicles.

Cars will line up on the right side of Canyon Club Dr. between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and cruise from the lodge down Canyon Club Dr. to Canyon Lake Dr. North, where they will turn right. Cars will continue to Village Way Dr. and turn right again (passing Holiday Harbor Park) and continue onto Loch Lomond Dr. which turns into Sparkle Dr. From Sparkle Dr., cars will turn left onto Canyon Lake Dr. South and head north over the causeway, turning left onto Vacation Dr. They will continue to Longhorn Dr. where they will turn left and head towards Happy Camp. From Happy Camp, cars will head back down Longhorn Dr towards the lodge, turning right onto Vacation Dr., right onto Lighthouse Dr. and a final right onto to Canyon Club Dr. to the lodge.

Post Show Dinner Dance

A post Car Show Dinner Dance with a Sock Hop theme will take place at 6 p.m. in the Holiday Bay Room. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers, dinner, dessert and live entertainment. For tickets, contact A few tickets may be available at the Information Booth during the show.

Important Reminders

There will be “No Parking” at the lodge after midnight on Friday. Only vehicles with designated parking passes or vehicles with handicapped placards will be allowed in the lodge parking lot.

There will be golf cart parking only between the corner of Canyon Club Dr. and Lighthouse Dr. to the stop sign entering the lodge parking lot.

There also are no bicycles, scooters, or skateboards permitted during the event to help avoid possible damage to the vintage cars.

The tennis courts will be closed until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Regular hours will resume on Sunday.

There will be a free Golf Cart Shuttle running from Canyon Club Dr., Lighthouse Drive and to the stop sign at the lodge parking lot.

All proceeds from the Car Show are returned to the community through donations to resident needs, scholarships to local high schools, other Canyon Lake clubs and committees, community park improvements, Canyon Lake fire station, Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee, Veterans Committee and veteran charities, to name a few.

For more information, contact Chuck Casey at

Car Show Schedule

  • Gates open for parking, registration and check-in: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Show opens to public, raffle ticket sales: 9 a.m.
  • Car judging: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Live auction: 2 p.m.
  • Awards presentation: 3 p.m.
  • Car Cruise line up: 3:30 p.m.
  • Car Cruise begins: 4 p.m.
  • Dinner Dance: 6 to 11 p.m.