The Restoration Process for Classic Cars

Restoring a classic car is a challenging but rewarding process that requires a lot of dedication, time, and effort. It can be an incredibly satisfying experience to take a neglected vehicle and transform it into a beautiful piece of automotive history.

The first step in restoring a classic car is finding the right vehicle to work on. This can involve scouring online ads, attending car auctions, or even stumbling upon a hidden gem in a neighbor’s garage. Once you’ve found the car, the real work begins.

One of the biggest challenges in restoring a classic car is locating the necessary parts. Many classic cars have been out of production for decades, which means finding parts can be difficult and expensive. This is where the classic car community can be incredibly helpful. Through online forums, car clubs, and events like the Rods & Roses Classic Car Show, you can connect with other enthusiasts who can offer advice and help you find the parts you need.

Once you have all the necessary parts, the restoration process can begin. This can involve everything from stripping the car down to the frame and rebuilding it from the ground up, to a more straightforward cosmetic restoration. Some people choose to do the work themselves, while others prefer to hire professionals.

Regardless of the level of involvement, restoring a classic car is an amazing experience that allows you to connect with the past and create something truly unique. And at the Rods & Roses Classic Car Show, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the most beautifully restored cars around.

So whether you’re a seasoned restorer or just starting out, be sure to attend the Rods & Roses Classic Car Show and experience the beauty and craftsmanship of these amazing vehicles firsthand.

Application re-opened for LIMITED TIME only

We are thrilled Rods and Roses has had such an awesome and dedicated group of participants over the nearly 30 years this car show has been in production. We recognize several of you were not notified this year that applications were open and want to offer the opportunity for everyone to apply. You can fill out an application with this link. You must apply by THIS FRIDAY, May 26th, 2023. Your application does not guarantee your space but as spaces open up due to cancellations, we will notify applicants right away.

For future reference, we typically open applications in January however you can always check our website for information or send us an email.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in July!

The Top 10 Classic Cars of All Time

The world of classic cars is rich and diverse, but American classic cars hold a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts all over the world. From the iconic designs of the 1950s to the muscle cars of the 1960s and beyond, American classic cars have a timeless appeal that continues to captivate us today. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the top 10 American classic cars of all time.

  1. Ford Mustang – The Mustang is a true icon of American muscle cars, with a sleek design and powerful engines that helped to define the 1960s and 70s.
  2. Chevrolet Corvette – The Corvette is another iconic American classic car, with a long history of sleek, powerful designs and a reputation for speed and performance.
  3. Chevrolet Camaro – The Camaro is another muscle car classic, known for its powerful engines, aggressive styling, and impressive speed and handling.
  4. Ford Thunderbird – The Thunderbird is a classic luxury car with a timeless design and a reputation for style and sophistication.
  5. Dodge Challenger – The Challenger is a classic muscle car that combines sleek, aggressive styling with powerful engines and impressive performance.
  6. Pontiac GTO – The GTO is another classic muscle car with a long history of powerful engines, impressive handling, and a reputation for speed and performance.
  7. Chevrolet Bel Air – The Bel Air is a classic American car with a distinctive look and a reputation for style and luxury.
  8. Cadillac Eldorado – The Eldorado is a classic luxury car with a sleek, stylish design and a reputation for comfort and sophistication.
  9. Buick Roadmaster – The Roadmaster is a classic luxury car with a distinctive look and a reputation for comfort and style.
  10. Plymouth Road Runner – The Road Runner is a classic muscle car with a reputation for speed, power, and impressive performance on the road.

These are just a few of the top American classic cars that have captivated car enthusiasts for decades. Whether you’re a fan of muscle cars, luxury cars, or classic designs, there’s something for everyone in the world of American classic cars.

The Benefits of Owning a Classic Car

For many people, owning a classic car is a dream come true. There’s something special about owning a piece of automotive history, a beautiful and timeless vehicle that has captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world. But owning a classic car is more than just a hobby or a way to show off – it’s an experience that comes with many benefits.

One of the biggest benefits of owning a classic car is the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with restoring and maintaining it. There’s nothing quite like seeing a once-neglected or rusty old car come to life under your care and attention, restored to its former glory and ready to hit the road once again. The work that goes into restoring a classic car can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding, and it can give you a deep appreciation for the art and craftsmanship that went into building these vehicles.

Owning a classic car can also be a great way to make social connections with other classic car enthusiasts. There’s a strong sense of community among classic car owners, and attending events like the Rods & Roses Classic Car Show in Carpinteria can be a great way to meet like-minded people and share your love of these beautiful vehicles. Whether you’re talking about the history and technical details of classic cars or just admiring each other’s vehicles, there’s a bond that forms between classic car enthusiasts that is hard to replicate.

And of course, owning a classic car is just plain fun. There’s nothing quite like cruising down the open road in a vintage vehicle, with the wind in your hair and the roar of the engine under the hood. Classic cars offer a unique driving experience that modern cars just can’t match, with their distinctive looks, feel, and sound. They’re a reminder of a different time, a time when cars were more than just transportation – they were symbols of freedom, adventure, and the open road.

If you’re a fan of classic cars, the Rods & Roses Classic Car Show in Carpinteria is the perfect place to connect with like-minded people and see some of the most beautiful classic cars in the world. This free event features over 150 American classic cars, live music, and local shops and restaurants to visit all while supporting local non-profits through sponsorships. So come on out and see why owning a classic car is such a special experience – and maybe even start your own journey as a classic car owner.

The History of Classic Cars

Classic cars have a special place in the hearts of people all over the world. From the early days of automobiles, there have been certain models and makes that have stood out as iconic, beautiful, and influential. These cars have not only captured our imaginations, but they have also played a crucial role in shaping our culture and society.

One of the earliest examples of classic cars is the Model T, which was introduced by Ford in 1908. This car revolutionized the automobile industry and made cars more accessible to the general public. With its affordability and reliability, the Model T quickly became a symbol of the American dream and a symbol of freedom and independence.

As the decades passed, classic cars continued to evolve and change. In the 1920s and 1930s, cars became more stylish and sophisticated, with luxurious features like wood paneling, leather upholstery, and polished chrome. During the 1950s and 1960s, muscle cars and hot rods became popular, with powerful engines and flashy designs that spoke to a new generation of car enthusiasts.

Today, classic cars remain as popular as ever, with collectors and enthusiasts all over the world investing in these beautiful and historic vehicles. And there is no better place to see some of the most iconic classic cars ever made than at the Rods & Roses Classic Car Show in Carpinteria.

At this free event, you’ll have the opportunity to see over 150 American classic cars on display, from the early days of automobiles to the sleek and stylish designs of the 1960s. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music and delicious food, all while supporting local non-profits through sponsorships.

Whether you’re a die-hard classic car enthusiast or just appreciate the beauty and history of these iconic vehicles, the Rods & Roses Classic Car Show is an event you won’t want to miss. So mark your calendars for Saturday July 1, 2023 and come see the stunning display of classic cars that have captured our imaginations and hearts for decades.

Introducing Rods & Roses Classic Car Show in Carpinteria

Welcome to the first blog post in our series promoting the upcoming Rods & Roses Classic Car Show in Carpinteria taking place Saturday July 1st! This free event is a must-see for classic car enthusiasts, featuring over 150 American classic cars, live music, and delicious food. Not only is it a fun event for the whole family, but it also has a philanthropic mission to support Carpinteria non-profits through sponsorships. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event in the weeks to come.

Rods and Roses Show in Carpinteria on Saturday, July 2, 2022. (Kenneth Song/News-Press)

On July 25th, We’re going virtual!

For the last 23 years, Rods & Roses has hosted a free car show for the community to come together, talk about cars, and enjoy each others company. This is a tradition we just weren’t ready to give up!

Because of COVID-19, Rods and Roses will host its first ever virtual car show on July 25th 2020.

To participate, submit a video of your car (a phone video will do just fine!) through the application page on  We will compile all of your videos into a compilation and premiere the video live on Youtube on July 25th. To watch the show, check our Facebook and Blog in the coming weeks for a link to subscribe t our YouTube channel. 

Two cars will win one of our coveted custom trophies. One selected by the Rods and Roses committee and the other selected by premiere sponsor, Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation. We are looking forward to this first ever virtual Rods and Roses car show with you! 

Gearing Up!


We are gearing up for a fantastic show June 29th! Take a peek at this all Ford built by Norm Francis in El Cahone you will see on Linden Ave . Details of the car include all Leather Cerello  bucket seats, power windows, AC,Heat , 351 winsor, C4 trans,9” rear and it’s a driver.

Special Guests from Down Undah

My wife and myself are celebrating milestone birthdays this year the 24th June and 7th July (my 60th and Nicoles 50th) to celebrate, we are coming to the USA for a reward for ten years of hard work.

We are car enthusiasts from a small fishing town (Guilderton) on the West Coast of Australia approx 95k’s north of Perth. Here we run a general store 7 days per week 364 days a year. We need to be in San Fransisco by July 2nd with a bit of research we discovered your Rods and Roses car show and parade which melded perfectly with our plans.

The Coupe pictured is a 1973 Holden Monaro GTS running SBC 350 coupled to turbo 400 and nine inch diff. The car has been modified as was the case back then with the addition of 77 model HX bonnet, guards and rear end.

This car has had a pretty checked past being stolen, smashed both rear and front, put down the strip at 12.79 at 104.9mph, now she is retired to enjoy her latter days cruising the roads.

Regards Nicole and Eric