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.


Registration is $20 per car (no models after 1975 please) with the first 30 cars getting a complimentary dash plate. Registration increases to $25 per entry the day of the event. 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



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. 


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


  1. Thomas Huerta

    Hello was just wondering if you would like to have a mobile detailer at this event ..I have a mobile detail company and we follow a lot of car shows and wash their cars before the show i would like to go to your show please give me a call at
    Thomas Hierta
    Shine on Time detail
    713-291-4767 cell
    Thank you .

  2. Barbara Davis

    Will the car show be within short walking distance from Hotel Galvez?

    1. Galveston Island Beach Revue

      Hi Barbara. It is directly across the street from the Hotel Galvez & Spa!

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