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Donut Derelicts - Adams Ave. Donuts Saturday Morning Car Meet-up


Huntington Beach, California--Adams Avenue Donuts is the happening place on Saturday mornings, as it has been for over 20 years.  Hot rods, stock, collectibles & classic cars  all converge on a Surf City strip mall in what's billed as  "The Oldest, Best Free Car Show in America". Adams Avenue Donuts, (714) 962-8921, 9015 Adams Avenue , Huntington Beach , CA 92646


This Classic California beach car show (approx. 3 miles from the beaches of Huntington Beach) began with the Donut Derelicts, a group of four or five car enthusiasts who met at a donut shop each Saturday morning starting in 1986. Co-founder Rick Finn died in 2006, but is honored with a contest at the annual Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance Car Show.

Up to 300 people can show up on Saturday mornings around 6 a.m. to show off their new paint jobs, trims, and rare, collector or hot rod cars, driving them to a Huntington Beach parking lot for a three hour car fest. There's never a fee to attend, no club organization, officers or membership dues.

During the week it's just a strip mall with an Ace Hardware store, Zubie's Pizza, a Goodwill store, and other businesses.  Located at the corner of Magnolia and Adams Avenues in Huntington Beach, the nondescript lot quickly fills up with standing room crowds on Saturdays when the donut shop opens. Hotrods, muscles, pickups, woodies, sports and race cars, all jockeying for prime parking spaces to flip open their hoods and show off their engines are sometimes about just showing off, but there's an entire audience of Europeans who come to this event to acquire automobiles and sell them to buyers seeking classics. These cars fetch a pretty penny when purchased and shipped to Europe. 

Petersen Automotive Museum director Ken Gross, Hyundai's chief U.S. designer Joel Piaskowski, Pikes Peak Climb champion Jeff Zwart, drag racer Art Chrisman, hot-rod builders & designers Chip Foose and Little John Butera are a few of the people who frequent this event.

The public can attend the free event, where proud owners of the classic beauties feel there are not dumb questions. When you're looking for something to do on a Saturday morning, drive over to Huntington Beach to watch the Stingrays come out....not at the beach, but just a few miles down the street on Adams and Magnolia. What's in' Trim, detailing and quality paint. If it shines, it better be flawless. Seen passing through: '32 Ford; '60s Shelby Cobras; 1942 Plymouth Savoy; 40 Ford coupe; 1949 Packard convertible; hellacious '69 canary Camaro; '55 Chevy; '71 Plymouth Fury; '64 Pontiac Banshee; Firebirds, Panteras, cruisers and bruisers--you name it! Can women and girls come' You bet! Men do not discriminate against girls. Just be prepared to stand around and talk about car engines, paint jobs, etc.

Where & When: Location: Magnolia Ave & Adams Ave in Huntington Beach, CA Saturdays 6 to 9 a.m. Cost: Free, it's informal. For donuts, try Adams Avenue Donuts, (714) 962-8921, 9015 Adams Avenue , Huntington Beach , CA 92646 Getting there: Adams Avenue Donuts and the Saturday morning car show are a few miles from the San Diego - 405 Freeway. Exit Brookhurst Street and head south for several miles. Take a right on Adams Avenue and go two stoplights to Magnolia Ave. The parking lot is on the right hand side of the road before the stoplight. adams ave donut shop map



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