By Walter Penate

The Valley is known to host multiple car shows throughout the year. It’s a way to provide the public with a chance to see what’s new and upcoming in the automotive engineering future.

Some may wonder why so many people get excited about a car show. Here is what to expect and a list of some of the Valley’s most popular and longest running car events.

Many car shows focus on a specific style and may be judged in best in show, most customized or best rebuilt.

Sometimes major car manufacturers will introduce their upcoming models. For others, it’s their opportunity to showcase their own self manufactured car and enter for a chance to win prizes and awards.

Known as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” Barrett-Jackson was established in 1971. Generally, the show runs for eight days at WestWorld of Scottsdale. McLaren Senna was the most expensive car sold at $1.4 million.

Although known as an auction event, other items are sold such as trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, engines, boats and memorabilia. Tickets are required.

The McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Class Car Show is weekly at the Scottsdale Pavilions. Generally, an average of 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles are displayed. This event is free and open to the public, who can see 1950s Chevy Bel Aires, old-fashioned Mustangs, 1960s Camaros and 1932 Fords. In addition, guests can see modified newer cars such as Toyota Supras, Honda Civics and Volkswagen Jettas. This event recently changed their hours starting at 4 to 7:00 p.m.

The Corvette Club of Arizona (CCA) was created by a group of local Corvette fans in 1975. The CCA has car shows, competitive and charity events and social get-togethers.

The Cactus Cruisers AMC Club will be holding its 18th annual car show on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. This two-day event begins with a Friday afternoon welcome barbeque hosted by Cactus Cruisers AMC in Peoria. On Saturday, the car show is set for the Verrado Community Center parking lot in Buckeye. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the show kicking off at 9 a.m. Trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. Cars eligible to enter the show are American Motors vehicles made in 1954-1988 and Jeep vehicles made in 1970-1988.

Hot Rod Night returns to Glendale from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month through June 5 at WaterDance Plaza. All cars are welcome to join. Models from the ’80s and older will park in the WaterDance Plaza and ’90s and newer models will park on Westgate Boulevard near Fountain Park. This event is free and also features music.

If the enjoyment of seeing all these cars isn’t enough, most of these car shows will have free stuff to give away. You’ll have the chance to go.