As winter thaws and the first signs of Spring (finally) begin to emerge, so does the sweet, sweet smell of burnt rubber and high-octane fuel. From NMRA drag racing to Daytona Beach Bike Week, there’s fast lane fun for race fans everywhere. And those who see warm rays of sunshine as a reason to go topless—we scrounged up a Jeep Jamboree and Off-Road Expo. So crank up the tunes and roll down the windows, because spring has sprung and the auto events are out in full form.
25th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout
Kicking off the NMRA Ford Nationals Series’ 2019 season is the biggest party in Mustang drag racing. This event, the Spring Break Shootout, runs February 28 – March 3 and features a little bit of everything for racing fans of all kinds. From Street Outlaw to Renegade, Coyote Modifieds to True Street, the best Blue Oval dragsters in NMRA drag racing compete head-to-head for cash, prizes, and bragging rights. Held at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Click here for ticket information.
Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
Those more interested in hitting trails than drag strips should check out the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Running March 2-3, this massive trade show has a huge collection of parts, gear, equipment, demos, giveaways, and more. Whether you find your fun climbing rocks or blasting over sand dunes, overlanding to remote locations or hitting the UTV park, there’s a little something for everyone—as well as industry experts to help you navigate it all! Start planning your weekend now.
Goodguys 9th Annual Spring Lone Star Nationals
If you’re looking for some muscle car action, you’re in luck, as the Goodguys 9th Annual Spring Lone Star Nationals kicks off March 8-10. Held at the renowned Texas Motor Speedway, this massive car show will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1987. Hit the swap meet for those hard-to-find parts, watch the fastest 16 cars battle it out in a Shootout, cruise the track for a night of fun, and be sure to catch the Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition and Burn Out Competition for a noisy good time. With live music, great food, fun games, and even stock car rides, this is an event you and the family don’t want to miss. Get participation info here.
Fastlane Promotions 15th Annual Daytona Beach Bike Week
Do the words “swap meet” make you go all warm and fuzzy inside? Does the feel of a leather seat and two wheels give you butterflies? Then the Fastlane Motorcycle Swap Meet at Volusia County Fairgrounds may be just what the doctor ordered to get you in tip-top shape for spring. As part of Daytona Beach Bike Week, the event runs March 8-17 featuring door prizes, vintage bike exhibitions, stunt rider performances, live music, and acres of vendors. Tent and RV camping is available for the week, as well as free parking, free show admission, and an excellent beer tent. Don’t miss this one!
Speaking of two wheels, why not kill two birds with one stone (Sorry, PETA.) and pop over to the Daytona International Speedway for some Supercross action while you’re in town for Daytona Beach Bike Week? On March 9, watch world-class Supercross rides battle it out on one of the most unique and grueling courses—designed by five-time champion, Ricky Carmichael. Find ticket and event information here.
Rednecks with Paychecks Off-Road Spring Break
If you’re really looking to get radical for the dawning of warm weather, consider spending spring break in Saint Jo, Texas with thousands of self-proclaimed Rednecks, enjoying a booze-fueled muddin’ good time. With plenty of off-road fun, including a mega truck race, truck-to-truck tug of war, a bikini contest, and prize payouts of over $34,000, skip Cancun this year and make your bad decisions in the state where everything’s bigger—including the hangovers. 18 and older only, running from March 14 – 17. Reserve your spot here.
50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
It wouldn’t be spring without some racing action. And it wouldn’t be Competition Corner without some can’t-miss events. Running March 14 – 17 is the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at the spirited Gainesville Raceway in Florida. Always an action-packed event, this year is extra-special, marking 50 years of drag racing fun. NHRA Legends Ed “Ace” McCulloch, Shirley Muldowney, Darrell Gwynn, Don Garlits, Kenny Bernstein, Joe Amato, and more will all be in attendance. And event organizers promise that never before will so many NHRA legends be gathered in one place. Get more information here.
LA Classic Auto Show
After all that blood-pumping adrenaline, let’s cool thing down a bit with the LA Classic Auto Show. Running March 16 – 17, this 2-day festival brings the entire classic car community together for good food, good music, and great rides. From hobbyists to celebrities, amateurs to industry experts, all are welcome and all are represented. Check out the vendor marketplace or catch a live restoration demo, and stroll through the over 2,500 cars in attendance. Held at the OC Fair and Event Center, this year’s event is hosted by Adam Carolla, with guest appearances by Dave Kindig, Mike Finnegan, Wayne Carini, Bogi Lateiner, Lyn St. James, and Mark Worman. Get your tickets here.
25th Pine Barrens Jeep Jamboree
Get in touch with nature this spring by crawlin’ rocks on Revolutionary War trails through Hammonton, New Jersey. Breathe the fresh air, spot some rare birds, and prepare to get some serious mud on those 35s (or 37s…), as all that melted snow makes for some wet trails. The 25th Pine Barrens Jeep Jamboree runs March 28 – 30. Click here for registration information.