It is my honest opinion that the ’60s were the Golden Age of automobiles. There’s nothing nicer than a ’64 Mustang. You can argue with me on that, but I’m going to stand firm in my beliefs.
I’ve grown up attending car shows of all sizes all around Pennsylvania, but there’s just something about the car show on the square that makes it different from the others. I think it’s the sense of comradery that emanates from the car and bike owners. You just don’t always get that sense at some of the bigger shows.
The seeds of the Wilkes-Barre Public Car & Bike Cruises were planted in October of 1957. Eleven antique car owners met at the Motor Twins Office on Market St. in Kingston, beginning The Greater Wilkes-Barre Antique Car Club.
It remained known as that until 1961 when the Antique Automobile Club of America granted the Wilkes-Barre Club a charter, prompting a name change. Ever since then, it has been known as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (NEPR AACA).
The first Wilkes-Barre Public Square Car Cruise was held in 2001 and has been running ever since. The Wilkes-Barre car show takes place on the last Friday of each month between April and September. This is one of the largest and longest-running car shows in the area and they welcome any and all vehicles to their show—no matter how classic or how new.
“From two wheeled cycles through four-wheel drive modified pick-up trucks, we believe every motor vehicle is fun and exciting!” —NEPR AACA
Want to get involved in this Wilkes-Barre Car Show? The organization has grown a lot since its beginnings in the late ‘50s and they are always welcoming new members.
First, be sure that you are a member of the National AACA Organization, which has an annual membership fee of $35—sign up here. Then, to get involved with the local division, visit this link and fill out the NEPR AACA Membership Application.
The AACA works to preserve and promote the love of automotive history. Membership for the NEPR AACA is $15/year for either individual or for you and your spouse.
The car and bike shows run from April through September and start at 6 PM. Here’s a breakdown of their schedule this year, including special events (print it out and keep in on hand!):
For more information on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, including the schedule of events, check out their website here!
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.