Sixteen years ago, the Wheels and Waves Car Show came to Santa Barbara with just 65 cars. Now, the annual event has into one of the largest displays of antique cars in Southern California: more than 400 in 2014. To accommodate the outstanding turnout of vintage automobiles, Wheels and Waves will move to Santa Barbara City College’s Great Meadow this year.
The event will be divided into a series of exciting competitions judged by leading figures in the automobile industry. Legendary mechanic and designer Bodie Stroud, for example, will take his experience working for shows such as Jay Leno’s Garage and Rock My RV to this year’s Wheels and Waves Car Show. One lucky car owner will receive the Bodie Stroud Award. Famous car designer Rich Evans will also present an award in his name for what he deems the most impressive-looking car at the show. Automobile legends Ray McClelland and Sam Foose will also grace the Wheels and Waves show.
In addition to attracting a variety of car aficionados, industry figures, and classic cars, the Wheels and Waves Car Show will also aid two great causes. Donations will support the Progeria Research Foundation, which funds research and treatment for Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome—a rare and fatal disorder that causes accelerated aging in children—as well as the Santa Barbara City College Automotive Program, which provides aspiring car mechanics a meaningful and experiential platform to learn about the trade.
The show promises to impress with its larger-than-ever turnout of magnificent vintage cars, set against the new Pacific Ocean backdrop, as well as its clutch of famous personalities from the moto-world.