Once a year, on the third Sunday in May (the weekend after Mother’s Day), the stage is set for one of the most competitive events in the SoCal automotive world. The occasion is the prestigious Muckentaler Motor Festival. Spanning an impressive twenty years, Muckenthaler Cultural Center once again hosted the oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County sprawled on eight pristine acres of manicured lawn.

This year marked the premier year for the VIP Muckenthaler Paddock Club. The Paddock Club offers exclusive membership, complimentary finger foods sponsored by Bourbon Street, a dedicated VIP bar with signature drinks and a Paddock Club VIP lanyard for complete access to the field of cars and club.


Day 1 was devoted to Hot Rods & Customs and attendees enjoyed live classic rock and blues at the the outdoor amphitheater, and tasty food, including Heroes’ Deli ribs, special brews from Bootleggers Beer and wine from OC Custom Wine. Attendees also had an opportunity to have a photo taken beside the famous Batmobile from the 1966 Batman series.

Southern California is the birthplace of the Rod & Custom hobby and Orange County has one of the largest concentrations of the enthusiasts in the nation.

Day 2 featured Concourse d’ Elegance which began with the Horseless Carriage Tour. Viewers watched and cheered on from the curbside as classic cars cruised down Pomona Ave. from the Fullerton Museum to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.

In the late 1800s, when motoring was born, great town cars and limousines began to replace the horse-drawn carriages that had long proceeded at a leisurely pace along scenic European boulevards. Over time, gatherings became a competition among automobile owners to be judged on the appearance of their automobiles. The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.

Special event guests included:

  • Danny Thompson, an American race car driver and the son of the late entrepreneur and motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson. He began his career at age 9, winning his first quarter-midget championship one year later. He moved on to motocross and Formula Atlantic cars in his teens, before graduating to sprint cars and stadium trucks later in life
  • Matt Stone, a freelance journalist, author, broadcaster, former Editor, Motor Trend Classic magazine. He has been a professional automotive journalist / photographer since 1990.
  • Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor at Edmunds.com, Inc. He has been with Edmunds, Inc. since January 2006. Previously, Chris was Senior Road Test Editor at Motor Trend magazine, having spent the better part of ten years there.


Horse-less Carriages


Under The Hood


Photo Op


Songstress Janet Klein Taking Five


Bootlegger’s Brewery


Burger Parlor


Front Porch Pops


Slab Master BBQ


Mustache Mike’s


Vendor Booths


Paddock Club Red Carpet Entrance


Paddock Club VIP Area

The Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival is 2-day, invitation only event dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of Southern California’s automotive history. The beautiful Muckenthaler Cultural Center grounds are the perfect place to showcase all these magnificent machines and offer a wonderful family event for all to enjoy. Proceeds benefit the Muckenthaler’s youth arts education programs.


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