E3 Spark Plugs’ Great Car Show Picks for 2012

E3 Spark Plug co-sponsors the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour.

Auto buffs, gear up for a fantastic year of car, truck and bike shows. Whether you’re into the latest and greatest auto technology or the sheer beauty of restored vintage treasures, there’s an auto show ticket with your name all over it. To see all the opportunities, you’ll have to do an Internet search. But E3 Spark Plugs has a few favorites.

Topping our list is Hot Rod Magazine’s annual Hot Rod Power Tour. E3 Spark Plugs is a sponsor of this year’s event, which will take drivers on a 7-day, 7-city, 1,400-mile road trip from Detroit, Michigan to Arlington, Texas. Each city will host a one-day car and truck show, where you’ll see some of the most envy-inducing hot rods around. A few host cities also feature races. Then they’ll all rev up and ride out for the next tour stop.

Check the schedule for the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour and a few of E3′s top car show recommendations. Mark your calendars and be sure to take some pics and post them to the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook fan page.

2012 Hot Rod Power Tour

  • Detroit, MI, GM Proving Grounds, Milford, June 2
  • Muskegon, MI, Downtown Muskegon, June 3
  • Champaign, IL, Assembly Hall, University of Illinois, June 4
  • Madison, IL, Gateway Motorsports Park, June 5
  • Miami, OK, Buffalo Run Casino, June 6
  • Stillwater, OK, Kicker Corporate Complex, June 7
  • Arlington, TX, Quicktrip Park, June 8
  • Long Haulers only, Arlington, TX, Venue TBD, June 9

2012 Auto Shows

  • North American International Auto Show, Detroit, Jan. 9-22 www.naias.com
  • Houston Auto Show, Jan. 25-29, www.houstonautoshow.com
  • Washington Auto Show, Jan. 27-Feb 5, www.washingtonautoshow.org
  • Philadelphia Auto Show, Jan. 28-Feb 5, www.phillyautoshow.com
  • Chicago Auto Show Feb. 9-19 www.chicagoautoshow.com
  • Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show, Feb. 17-19
  • California 91Truck Show, March 3, www.91truckshow.com
  • Daytona Beach Bike Week, March 9-18 www.officialbikeweek.com
  • Atlanta International Auto Show, March 14-18, www.goautoshow.com
  • DWF Auto Show, March 21-25, Dallas, www.dallasautoshow.com
  • New York International Auto Show, April 6-15, www.autoshowny.com
  • Minnesota Street Rod Association’s Back to the ’50s Weekend, June 22-24 www.msra.com
  • SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 www.semashow.com
  • LA Auto Show Nov. 28-Dec. 9 www.laautoshow.com
  • Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow
  • San Diego International Auto Show, Dec. 29-Jan 1, www.sdautoshow.com