Hooniverse Asks: What’s The Best Non-Car Meet-Up a Gearhead Should Attend?

It’s car show season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are enough events happening in your particular neck of the woods to satisfy your hunger for experiencing clusters of cool machines in a park or parking lot setting.
Because there simply may not be enough car meets and shows to go around, what other suggestions can you give to a gearhead to check out that they might find equally interesting?
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28 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What’s The Best Non-Car Meet-Up a Gearhead Should Attend?”

  1. Alff Avatar

    Based on the crowd at many auto related events … a 10K.

      1. Professor Bananahot Avatar
        Professor Bananahot

        I’m fascinated by bumper stickers that only exist to respond to other bumper stickers.

        1. Alff Avatar

          Whatever. My kid can kick your honor student’s ass.

          1. Alff Avatar

            Yes, but my President has nicer fur than your dog.

          2. Vairship Avatar

            Nope, I have a dog with orange fur too!

  2. P161911 Avatar

    Anything with tractors, trains, or planes.
    I used to live in cumming, GA. The 4th of July Parade featured steam powered tractors.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Oh boy. Imagine taking care of something like that! Or that these once were actually usable machinery.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        The majority of these things, though privately owned are stored at a barn at the county fairgrounds, which is the end of the parade route. Interesting side note, due to some very unfortunate racial events, Cumming/Forsyth County, GA ran all of the black population out of the county at the beginning of the 20th century, they made up the majority of the field hands. This led to a much earlier adoption of mechanized farm machinery in this area than most of the surrounding area.

  3. longrooffan Avatar

    Since steam powered events seem to have been covered, if you are near Jonesborough, Tennessee this fall, check this out.

    1. JayP Avatar

      My dad is in East Tn. He makes the event about every year.

  4. JayP Avatar

    In DFW there’s several museums and airshows thru the year.
    Cavanaugh Flight Museum.
    Alliance has one in Oct I think.
    Lancaster has an event in September and it’s awesome. WWII camp reenactments, get up close and personal with the planes. Good stuff.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      And the Confederate Air Force, oops, I mean Commemorative Air Force, is now headquartered at Executive Airport (the former Red Bird Airport) in Dallas.

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Based on my experience, just about any vintage armor enthusiasts’ meet would be well worth attending, too.

    1. Nicolas Bernard Avatar
      Nicolas Bernard

      Same here. I’d love to go to Tankfest at the Bovington tank museum one day.

  6. nanoop Avatar

    Maker fairs. You don’t have to embrace electronics or 3D printing or autonomous drones or something, but to see what can be done with mediocre money, some knowledge and a lot of time can be inspiring for your own hobbies and endeavors.

  7. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

    Shuttleworth Collection, especially if you attend the largest yearly display. Every vehicle in the place (ground or air) runs under its own power; the grounds are beautiful; the stories are fascinating. You don’t need to be a nerd of any kind to appreciate a visit, and if you don’t like it you’re just dead inside anyway.

    Shuttleworth Home


  8. jeepjeff Avatar

    Any Two Wheels is fun, for the Bay Area hoons out there.

  9. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Gearheads need to go to airshows. You already know the moving parts. So the rest make so the rest makes sense. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/beabbe06b6a238f2c648b0a16092f7de16ae8c1824e10a921b0b8a63748b084f.jpg

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Rear engine front “wheel” drive still doesn’t make much sense, whether it’s air-based or ground-based 😉

  10. LeaksOil Avatar


    Went there with my dad as a youngster. Threw hatchets, saw tractor pulls. Tons of antique equipment driving around and operating. I know I’m forgetting stuff.

  11. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Timbersports competition. If only to experience the hot saws live and up close.

  12. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    The Oregon Steam Up at Powerland in Brooks Oregon (just north of Salem). You get your dose of steam and a bonus trip to the truck museum, the trolley museum and the Caterpillar bulldozer collection, all on the same site.