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Classic car show cruises into Pismo Beach bringing in thousands of visitors

Event expected to attract over 100,000 spectators

Classic car show cruises into Pismo...

PISMO BEACH, Calif. - The streets of Pismo Beach are little busier than normal this weekend.

Already one of the most popular tourist draws in California, the Central Coast city is packed tens of thousands of car enthusiasts for the holiday weekend.

The tourists have come from all over to enjoy a local tradition, the 31st annual Classic at Pismo Beach car show.

"It's huge," said Hanford resident Phillip Martinez. "The weather is cool. You meet a lot of different type of people. You just see cars from everywhere."

For the next three days, the city will be full of cars from just about every make, model and year imagainable.

"They go all the way down to 1900's up to the 2000's," said event promoter Just Cruzin' Prodcutions production manager Kevin Hendry. "We have a lot of Gold Class cars that you see behind me. Most of these cars are worth about $100,000 to $200,000."

For many, a trip to the car show is something not to be missed.

"It's one of the most fun car shows that we go to," said car owner Sam Rindskopf of San Diego. "We go to a lot, but this is on the top of our lists."

Rindskopf, who has also served as judge for the show, noted that the quality of the event ranks high among other national shows.

"You'll see cars that people will spend up to a million dollars, sometimes even more and sometimes you'll see some of the same cars here, which is pretty amazing, so if you want to see some of the nicest high-end cars that are built across the country, they actually come here," Rindskopf said.

The Classic is expected to draw well over 100,000 spectators. Most are from California, but also some from far beyond the Golden State.

"I love it. It's such a lovely scenery to put cars in with all the palms trees," said Tommi Suoranta, visiting with his family from Finland. "Just the way I like it. I like all models and all shapes and colors. Just loving it."

Visitors aren't the ones loving the car show. So too are businesses in the city, which are seeing a dramatic spike in sales.

"It's definitely one of the busiest weekends of the year and Saturday of the car show is normally the busiest day of the year," said Jason Natanson, The Sky's The Limit gift shop owner. "Long, busy days. Definitely more help. We bring in more stock, especially cars-related items."

Also busy are city streets, which are packed to capacity. Finding a parking spot can be a trying experience for those drive into the downtown area.

"If you can taxi, Uber or Lyft, those are great options to get dropped off," said Pismo Beach police chief Jake Miller. "That's always great. If not, just be patient and let these parking spaces roll open, but it's going to be tight."

Chief Miller said the car show will affect traffic even for those not attending the event. For motorists who are planning to pass through the city while traveling Highway 101, they need to be aware of slow traffic along the freeway.

"We will have some offramp closures that folks need to know about," said Chief Miller. "The Price Street offramp will be closed. Hines Street offramp will be closed, so will Price/Highway 1."

The Classic has a number of events lined up for the weekend.

At 9 a.m. both days, several downtown streets will be closed to allow cars to park and be displayed during the day. The "Show and Shine" will run until 2 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to sunset both days, the beer gardens will be open in both primary lots. The car show has two event locations, at the corner of Main and Dolliver Streets, as well as in the pier parking lot at the end of Pomeroy Ave.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., the official Classic cruise will be held on Price St. and last for two hours.

Sunday at noon, an auction will be held at the lot on the corner of Dolliver and Main. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pismo Beach Police Department K-9 unit.

The car show will officially end on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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