This Downtown Arlington Classic Car Show was made possible through the support of presenting sponsor Chevrolet. As part of their sponsorship, Chevrolet will showcase eight of their newest vehicles in a special dedicated area where patrons are welcome to check out these latest models.
“The General Motors Assembly Plant has called Arlington its home for almost 70 years, producing thousands of Chevrolet vehicles each year,” said Tom Read, Communications Manager for General Motors Arlington Assembly. “We have had the pleasure of seeing all the great developments happening in Downtown Arlington, so when the opportunity arose to become part of that upward momentum, we couldn’t say no.”
The relationship between Chevrolet and Downtown Arlington dates back almost 100 years to 1928 when Thannisch Chevrolet, a full-service car dealership, chose the building, known today as the Vandergriff Building, as its home. Most Arlington historians remember this building, known fondly as The Historic V, as the heart of the city where one could visit, grab a seat by the window, and wave to Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Sam Rayburn as their motorcades came to Arlington on Division St., formerly referred to as the “Bankhead Highway.”
Due to the overall interest in Arlington reaching an all-time high – thanks in no small part to the success of entertainment institutions such as the Arlington Downs horse-racing track – T.W “Hooker” Vandergriff sought to bring his first GM dealership to Arlington. Vandergriff purchased Thannisch Chevrolet in 1938 and renamed the building the Thannisch-Vandergriff Building. His son, Tom Vandergriff, would later become Mayor of Arlington.
“This event, along with our partnership with Chevrolet, preserves the history of our downtown in a fun, engaging, and memorable fashion and serves as a reminder of Arlington’s cultural roots,” said Maggie Campbell, President and CEO of Downtown Arlington.
Downtown Arlington previously organized a car show in 2021 as part of the Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival, a music festival spanning across an entire weekend in October designed to reignite the economy after the COVID-19 outbreak. After the success of the previous car show, Downtown Arlington decided to revamp the event this year and expand the show by doubling the number of cars, including more ways for downtown businesses to get involved, and creating opportunities for families and friends to connect with the city.
All brands of antique and classic vehicles prior to 1978 are welcome, however, any vehicle with modifications will not be considered for entry into the show, except for basic cosmetic changes and new parts to keep the car running. Classic car owners are encouraged to arrive as early as possible, beginning at 8:00 a.m. with vehicle check-in officially closing at 11:00 a.m. Registration is officially open as of May 2, 2023; visit the Downtown Arlington EventBrite to register your classic and antique cars today.
The Downtown Arlington Management Corporation is a private, non-profit community development organization whose purpose is to forge alliances between property owners, business interests, residents, and the City of Arlington to improve and enhance the economic vitality and overall environment of Downtown Arlington. Professionally staffed and governed by a Board of Directors composed of a cross-section of stakeholders and community partners, the 501(c)(3) manages services and operations in Downtown Arlington while promoting economic stability, growth, and community life within this unique neighborhood including the Arlington Cultural Arts District, designated by the State of Texas in 2016. Visit DowntownArlington.org to discover the businesses, events, and activities in Downtown Arlington.