In Southern California, cars are more than just a way to get from point A to point B. They represent the freedom to travel from mountain to sea, an expression of one-of-a-kind point of view, or an all-consuming passion. If you’re as enthusiastic about these mechanized marvels as the average OC driver, then here are some ways to celebrate your joy.
If you’re wondering where the name of Beach Boulevard comes from, just take the wide thoroughfare south until you hit the sands of Huntington Beach at Pacific Coast Highway. You can then turn right to head for the glamour of Los Angeles or turn left for the delights of San Diego. Either way, you’ll be cruising Pacific Coast Highway with the waves of the Pacific accompanying your ride. For a classic California experience, put the top down in your Ford Mustang, Mazda MX-5, or Jeep Wrangler JK, and play some Beach Boys on your audio system.
Want to talk shop while hobnobbing with other drivers of your preferred model? You’ll find no shortage of car clubs that meet once or more per month. For lovers of the classics, there are the Model A Ford Club, Vintage Chevrolet Club, and the Classic Car Club of America. More modern offerings are appreciated at the Orange County Prius Club, Mazda Owners Club of California, and Orange County Mopar Club.
On Sundays from 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM, the rush that floods your body can not only come from your souped-up Chevy Corvette or powerful Dodge Charger but also from the jolt of caffeine you drink at Cars and Coffee. The beverage and snack are optional from the many surrounding eateries. The admiration is not for the show cars that get free parking on the upper surface lot. If you’re just there to gawk and not display, you can use the underground parking structure.
If you can put off your auto excitement to just a few times per year, you can indulge in the annual car shows at Huntington Beach. Enjoy old-school rides such as Dune Buggies and Woodies at the Beach Cruisers Meet, which extends the coastal theme with surfboard displays. Help out those who have served this country at the Veteran’s Day Car Show. And for high-end rarities, the distinguished Concours d’Elegance at Central Park is the place to see and be seen.
It’s a bit of a drive, however welcome, but even if you have the slightest interest in what keeps Southern California on the move, you must visit the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Considered by Road and Track to be the premier automotive museum in the country, the collection spans historical landmarks like a 1911 Smith Runabout from an early LA manufacturer to familiar entertainment legends like the Batmobile.
Are you excited to become part of the automotive fun? Then start by test driving your favorite with a visit to Beach Boulevard of Cars today.