More than 30,000 car enthusiasts descend on the Upper Peninsula each year for the St. Ignace Car Show Weekend. Here’s what’s new at the Northern Michigan event this year.
St. Ignace is well known to many vacationers as the “Gateway to the Upper Peninsula,” welcoming travelers as they cross the famous Mackinac Bridge. The community’s small-town charm is a unique combination of a “True North” natural setting, local beaches, daily ferry service to Mackinac Island, outdoor patio dining overlooking Lake Huron and an amazing selection of things to do and see in the Straits of Mackinac.
While St. Ignace may be known as a relaxing escape from the fast pace and congestion associated with city life, once every year, on the last weekend in June, this town transforms into one of the largest all-makes, all-models car shows in the country. More than 30,000 car enthusiasts descend on the city to take in the annual St. Ignace Car Show Weekend. The downtown waterfront comes alive with hundreds of antique, custom and celebrity automobiles on display up and down State Street, complete with a scenic backdrop of Lake Huron’s Moran Bay. The “Big Car Show” boasts feature lots and vendors, parades and cruises, music, food and guaranteed fun for the whole family.
Organizers of this annual event are promising the 2019 St. Ignace Car Show Weekend will be bigger and better than ever. This year’s list of prominent guests includes Guest of Honor Dennis Gage, host of the popular television series My Classic Car; Master Builder Gary “Boogieman” Zaborowski, owner of Boogie Man’s Custom Creations; and the Eaton family, owners of Eaton Detroit Spring, as honorary chairpersons.
New for 2019 will be the Pfaff Designs St. Ignace Cup, created to highlight the finest vehicles from the Great Lakes region and across the country. The winner, as selected by their peers and the St. Ignace judging panel, will receive $5,000 and the specially designed and crafted Pfaff Designs “St. Ignace Cup.” The cup will be presented by AMSOIL.
Also new for 2019 is Muscle on the Mac, an event designed to set a record for the most horsepower to cross the Mackinac Bridge at one time. Throttle Gals Magazine will be attending the show along with a selection of their finest automobiles. The famous Fashion and the Automobile Show will visit St. Ignace for the first time, walking everyone through the fashions that followed the automobile through the decades.
Details, daily schedules and registration forms are all available at the event website.