Hot rods, rat rods, vintage trailers and more are lining up to take part in the Galveston Island Beach Revue’s newest addition, the Hot Rod and Classic Car Show! Held from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th, at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., admission is free for the general public to view the cars and is part of an afternoon of vintage-inspired fun.
PRESENTED BY CLASSIC AUTO GROUP
Registration is $20 per car (no models after 1975 please) with the first 30 cars getting a complimentary dash plate. Cars can arrive for setup/parking from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Awards will be given in a variety of classes, including:
- Best in Show (top 3)
- Best Paint
- Farthest Distance Traveled
- Best Club Participation
- Judges Choice
- Best Interior
The car show is part of the Galveston Island Beach Revue and Third Coast Music Festival. Activities throughout the weekend include 40 bands and 50 shows across the island, special happy hours, a vintage baseball game and the Bathing Beauties contest. More information can be found at www.thirdcoastmusicfestival.com.
ABOUT THE GALVESTON ISLAND BEACH REVUE
Dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest began in the summer of 1920 and marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event, which had morphed into the “bathing girl revue” had become so popular, the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. These Island pageants were the beginning of what we know today as the Miss Universe Pageant. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression and were resurrected in 2009.
Always a crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest, held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Retro swim wear is chic and vintage is king as contestants from across the country catwalk across Galveston’s historic shoreline modeling vintage and vintage inspired swim wear and accessories that echo the “good ole days” of Galveston’s summertime history. Classic pinup styles, the likes that Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page made famous, will heat up the beaches as 40 contestants vie for cash prizes and top honors.
ABOUT THE THIRD COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Third Coast Music Festival takes center stage April 26–29, 2018, with 40 bands and 50 shows held on historic Galveston Island. The inaugural island festival will feature bands of numerous genres and venues across the city with a mixture of wristband-only and free events. In addition, the 10th annual Galveston Island Beach Revue will return on Saturday, April 28, with a free afternoon of vintage-inspired music and the world-famous “Bathing Beauties” contest. Details are available at www.thirdcoastmusicfestival.com.
ABOUT HOTEL GALVEZ & SPA®
Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (409) 765-7721 or visit www.HotelGalvez.com.
ABOUT GALVESTON ISLAND
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.