The Entire Autopian Staff Is Hosting A Car Show In LA On August 13 And We Want You There


On Saturday August 13, the entire Autopian staff and even a few of your favorite contributors will be hanging out at Galpin Auto Sports just north of Los Angeles. Drive your car here and get ready to geek out, because we’d love to meet you. I myself will be bringing a broken 1959 Nash, and I don’t even live in California yet, so those of you who do: no excuses!

Okay, so here are the details for the very first Autopian Car Show, which The Autopian boss Beau Boeckmann will be hosting on his property that I like to describe as automotive mecca. It’s a really special place, and you’re going to want to see it. Anyway, without further ado:

  • Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
  • Time: 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.
  • Place: Galpin Auto Sports parking lot — 15600 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
  • Who will be in attendance:
    • Jason Torchinsky
    • Matt Hardigree
    • Mercedes Streeter
    • Beau Boeckmann
    • Huibert Mees
    • Thomas Hundal
    • Mark Tucker
    • David Tracy
    • Hopefully many cool Autopian readers
  • Cars that will be in attendance:
    • Beau’s legendary car collection
    • A broken 1959 Nash Metropolitan
    • A Citroën LNA to (at least they said it’ll be there)
    • Who knows? But trust us, it’s going to be good.

RSVP on our Facebook page!

Come chat with Huibert and me about geeky engineering stuff, talk with Beau about the auto industry, try not to get tired of Jason chatting your ear off about taillights [Editor’s Note: If David gives us too much guff, we can sneak off to Flashing Amber’s, the Valley’s sixth-best taillight bar – JT] , learn about all the weirdest RVs and campers  and buses from Mercedes, chat about miniature radio-control cars and shitboxes with Mark, and beware of getting Thomas started talking about BMW minutiae because he won’t stop.

It’s gonna be good. We’re beyond excited to meet you and your car!

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67 Responses

  1. I’m sorry, but my ex/BFF and I are hosting our condo association’s coffee klatsch that morning. But y’all have a good time!

    (Seriously, if you’re ever in the Tampa area, I’d be there in a heartbeat…which thankfully remains strong despite my advanced age!)

  2. Daaaaang that looks like a dope lineup of awesome writers I’d love to meet! Too bad it’s in LA (for me) though.

    Would love to meet y’all and shake your hands if you ever come up to the PNW! Have fun!

  3. David,
    Consider asking the Lane Museum if they would be interested in hosting a meet-up. Given a reasonable lead time, your readers could coordinate taking over part of a campground reasonably nearby (y’all have enough on your plate, and I’m sure you don’t want to get into the insurance ) to pull in people within a day’s drive. Could be a decent fund-raiser for them, too. I’ll commit to tucking a Benjamin in their pot.

    *flight of fancy* — with some notice, I could see putting together a pop-up Tailight Bar…

      1. Eh, I don’t have anything interesting to drive either, but just seeing the museum and meeting some of this crew is way worth 6 hours each way.
        Gotta make name tag with username on it, too: that way people can put a face to inappropriate comments

    1. This sounds like a doable plan for us. Of course, I will have to find a date that works for all of us. I’ll give Autopians a guided tour of our basement storage area (and another storage area not open to the public).We could even do a taillight-themed scavenger hunt if we can’t find a bar.

  4. Bummer. Just got back to upstate NY after spending a couple of weeks in 818.

    For what it’s worth, I counted more Rivian pickups (5) than Subaru Legacy sedans (3) during my time on the freeways and surface streets of Southern California.

  5. Flashing Amber’s. I’ve heard that they make killer Tennessee Trafficators and wicked flaming Blinker Fluid punch cocktails. The stole the idea for the secret ingredient in the punch from the flaming Moe – cough syrup. Don’t forget to order the world-famous Fresnel Fries either.

  6. Dang it, I’ve been waiting on a meet up closer to this part of the world, and I’m down due to an accident and can’t travel. I know this will be a grand time and hope everyone enjoys themselves, damn it.

    Might I suggest something? I don’t know your reader base, but at some time in the future, now that you’ll have a West Coast presence, think of holding something in the Paso Robles area. It’s approximately halfway between the Bay and LA areas, little towns with nice open parks you can reserve for this kind of thing, and a renowned wine region. Heck you even do the coastal town of Morro Bay, cool temps, and it’s at the bottom of hwy 1 coming from Monterey, always a beautiful drive. Might could pull folks in from both bay and LA areas for a bigger meet up.

  7. So this could be interesting, my wife and I are heading to Monterey for Car Week and leaving Las Vegas Saturday day morning and would probably be right at the the 101 and the 405 at about 11 am on our way to Santa Barbara for the night

  8. Please come back to Richmond again. I was in the middle of a very David Tracy thing with my Accord, saving the catalytic converter whilst replacing the middle pipe, I was totally stranded, I accidentally cut in the right place to preserve the flange and it took three days. I had no money but I did have time and a jug of pb blaster. Anyway this is a cool town and you should come back. That’s all.

  9. Sweet! I’m going to try to make it out there from Riverside. Has anyone thought to invite Nate (the guy who gave David the Nash)? I’ve been following his posts on Curbside Classic for years, seems like a super interesting gearhead.

  10. So is this a car show only with Autopian staff vehicles, or are you inviting readers to show their vehicles? I’ll try to make this but the car I drive up from San Diego will depend on the answer to this question.

      1. Thanks, I will do my best to be there! Just wanted to clarify because even after reading the original post again it’s not super clear whether this is a curated car show you’re putting on and we would attend as pedestrians, or you’re asking us to bring our cars. Glad it’s the latter.

  11. Wait, a Citroen LNA? Would that be Jonee’s LNA of the-other-auto-site-that-shan’t-be-named fame? I love that little thing! Any chance you could move the show 3600 miles closer to me here in Nova Scotia so I could attend? 😛

        1. Thanks! Maybe I can talk Jason into letting me contribute. The fleet is still weird and unpredictably reliable. I’m getting closer to getting the Fuldamobil running. That would make for an interesting article.

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