Hot Rods & Hogs Car & Bike Show - December
Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Charlotte Harbor
Event and Conference Center, Punta Gorda,
Save the date for this exciting, action
packed event! With acres of show cars and
bikes and a huge indoor event hall with
cars, bikes and vendors.
You won't want to miss Florida's largest
single day Car and Bike Show. Featuring
nationally known motor sports celebrities,
bands, and charity.
When it comes to car and bike shows, bigger
is better. We are bringing you the largest
single day car and bike show in the state of
More cars and bikes to see. Better
entertainment. Nationally known motor sports
celebrities. More people to meet. More fun!
We are really excited
this legendary annual event.
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Spectator general admission to the all-day
event is just $15.
We're projecting attendance of 20,000+ spectators.
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Tony Allen Q & A's
FLHRA - Letís begin with you telling me a
little about yourself. Basics. When and
where were you born? Where did you study?
Tony - I was born December 19th in Las
Vegas, Nevada. I served two years in the
Navy in the mouth of the Mekong Delta -
Vietnam. My career has been in marketing and
FLHRA - How did you get interested in cars
and bikes? And how did you start in the line
of putting car shows together?
Tony - My first car was a 1949 Mercury. I've
always loved cars and bikes and the
enthusiasm shown by young and old when they
see cars on display. It's my way of bringing
a little bit of history and nostalgia into
FLHRA - What is it about hot rods, muscle
cars and hogs that is so exhilarating and
Tony - Cars and bikes are works of art and
history all rolled up into one. When you're
at a car and bike show it brings you back to
happier days. Each one is different,
expressing their builder's expression and
FLHRA - Tell us a little about the Florida
Hot Rod & Hogs car and bike show and the
Tony - Florida Hot Rods & Hogs magazine is a
state wide motorsports publication
distributed at participating Hooters
restaurants, 7-11 stores and better auto
parts and motorcycle shops.
We produced all of the Rock Til' You Drop
Car Shows downtown Fort Myers. The shows
would get bigger and the streets seemed to
get smaller. At that time we were drawing
over 20,000 spectators and were running out
of room. We also wanted to bring in some
huge celebrities like Chip Foose, "Big
Daddy" Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney and
Buddy Baker. There was no way to pay for it
without a spectator gate. This annual event
will always be held at the Charlotte Harbor
Event & Conference Center, Punta Gorda,
Florida the first Sunday in December.
FLHRA - What type of cars and bikes have
been at past events? What else will people
be able to take pleasure in during the
There have been every car, truck and bike
imaginable, including vintage fire trucks, a
Challenger on display that was custom built
by Chip Foose on his television show,
Overhaulin'; an Eddie Van Halen truck
designed by Chip Foose and built by Boyd
Coddington. We also have swamp buggies, drag
and air boats.
FLHRA - Share a little about past guests you
have had. How did you choose those line-ups
and what did each of them bring to the
Tony - We had world class celebrities that
you'd rarely see under one roof. It was
really easy. Chip Foose, in November 1997,
became the youngest person to be inducted
into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. Additionally,
Foose was inducted into the Darryl Starbird
Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame in
2002, the Grand National Roadster Show Hall
of Fame in 2003, and the San Francisco Rod
and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005.
A special line of Ford Mustang's carry his
name, the Foose Mustang.
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits was ranked No.1 on
the National Hot Rod Association Top 50
Drivers from 1951 through 2000. In 1989, Don
was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame
of America as the sole representative of
drag racing. In 1997, Don was inducted into
the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
In 2004 Don was inducted into the Automotive
Hall of Fame.
Shirley Muldowney, known as the "First Lady
of Drag Racing", was the first woman to
receive a license from the National Hot Rod
Association (NHRA) to drive a top fuel
dragster. In 1975, Shirley was the first
woman voted into the Racing All-American
team by the American Auto Racing Writers and
Broadcasters Association. In 1976, Shirley
was named Drag News Top Fuel Driver. In
1977, Shirley won the NHRA Winston world
points championship. becoming the first
woman to claim drag racing's most
prestigious title. In 1980 and 1982, Shirley
won NHRA Winston world points championship
for the second and third time. 1981 Shirley
won the AHRA world championship and was
voted into the Auto Racing All-American team
for the fifth time. In 1990, Shirley was
inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame
of America. In 2001, Shirley was ranked
number 5 on the National Hot Rod
Association's 50th Anniversary list of its
Top 50 Drivers, 1951-2000. In 2004, Shirley
Muldowney was inducted into the
International Motor Sports Hall of Fame. And
in 2008, ESPN ranked her 21st on its list of
the Top 25 Drivers of All Time.
FLHRA - Give us the basics about Dec. 8,
2013 date, prices, gate time opening, etc.
Tony - Spectator general admission to the
all-day event is just $15 and $4 of the
ticket price will donated to the Charlotte
County Homeless Coalition Foundation. We're
projecting attendance of 20,000 spectators.