Love Hot Rods and Hogs? Punta Gorda Shows off its Muscle

muscle carIt’s no wonder people say Punta Gorda is “a small town with big happenings”. This Saturday, December 8, 2013, the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center will hold the largest single day car and bike show in the state of Florida. The Florida Hot Rods and Hogs show will feature live music, food, vendors, motorcar sports celebrities, and acres of vintage cars and motorcycles. The show opens at 9:00 a.m and closes at 4:00 p.m. Entrance is $15 for adults and free for children under 10.

Punta Gorda is the perfect place to host the show. Our town already attracts car lovers and historians with the Muscle Car City Museum on the corner of Tamiami Trail and Monaco Dr. For over 40 years, Rick Treworgy collected GM cars from the 1950s through 1970s. In 2009, he put his collection on display. Now his museum, which replaced a Wal-Mart, is 99,000 square feet of pure muscle car history. With over 200 cars on display, Muscle Car City houses one of the largest collections of GM cars in the country. And it is right here in Punta Gorda.

You can check out vintage Corvettes, Impalas, Camaros, Pontiacs, and more at the museum Tuesday-Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Plan to stay for lunch. The museum diner offers up a 1960’s style atmosphere with good ole’ American hamburgers, hot dogs, and floats.

For you local diehards, the Muscle Car City is more than a museum, it is a community. You can get help with restoration, new parts, and repairs in the Hot Rod and Speed Shop. In addition, the MCC holds several monthly events. From a corvette club to the PGI car club breakfast meeting, the Muscle Car City brings car lovers together. Every third Saturday of the month the MCC holds a monthly car and bike show with live music and trivia. This month the car and bike show is happening early on December 14, 2013 and is collecting Toys for Tots. Bring an unwrapped toy to be eligible for a door prize. Last year, this event set a record for most toys collected and MCC is trying to beat their own record.

Whether you are an enthusiast or just want to remember the days when you knew the year and the make with one glance, Punta Gorda is the place to get your classic car fix.

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