A row of cars goes on and on in the parking lot. An announcer enthusiastically encourages the onlookers to stop by the Mickey Thompson display for some free swag. This could be a car show anywhere, but it isn’t. Under the glistening California sun, just a football field away the waves lap at the sand. And, closer still, rock ’n roll blares over speakers surrounding a huge stage. This is no ordinary car show, this is Sammy Hagar’s inaugural High Tide Beach Party & Car Show.
I’ve been trying to throw this party on the beaches of Cabo for a decade and I am thrilled someone’s finally letting me do it… — Sammy Hagar
“I’ve been trying to throw this party on the beaches of Cabo for a decade and I am thrilled someone’s finally letting me do it, and in one of the coolest beach cities in America — Huntington Beach,” Sammy enthused.
For years, the Red Rocker has hosted his annual birthday bash in Cabo St. Lucas, Mexico, but he could never pull off the larger vision that combined his loves of music, fine spirits, and fast cars. Finally he was able to put it all together at Huntington State Beach. From cornhole competitions and hula classes to cocktails and a car show, the event offered a wide array of fun to complement a day-long concert headlined by the man himself.
We, of course, were there — at least in a working capacity — for the car show, which gathered over 150 vehicles ranging from trucks and hot rods to muscle cars and exotics.
Sammy has long loved fast machines, which is notable embodied in songs ranging from Montrose’s “Bad Motor Scooter” to his MTV hit, “I Can’t Drive 55.” He passed that love of machinery on to his son Aaron Hagar, who co-hosts the Shift And Steer podcast, and runs Rat Runners Garage. The Hagars turned to experts in car show/concert hybrid promotion, MuscleKingz, to organize the show, which received support from a wide array of automotive sponsors, including Centerline Wheels, GatorWraps, K&N, Mickey Thompson Tires, and Original Parts Group.
High Tide Car Show Winners
Best Classic Muscle Car: Mike Devorak, 1966 Mustang
Best Modern Muscle Car: Tom Bogner, 2017 Mustang
Best Exotic Car: Brett Spraggins, 2014 Ferarri
Best Classic Car: Kathy Garner, 1932 Ford Cabriolet
Best Truck: Brady Cassel, 1967 Chevrolet C10
Best Custom Car: Tony Ortiz, 1973 Pantera
Encore Welding Supplies: Chris Marechal, 1965 Vicious Mustang
Gatorwraps: Hilla Gottlieb, 1964 Lincoln Continental
Mickey Thompson Tires: Mike Devorak, 1966 Mustang
“We have known Ken Johnson and Robert Wilson, who put the show on, for a very long time,” Brittany Westhoff, Director of Marketing at The Fab School, told us. “They are good friends of ours who are very interested in metal fabrication and pushing these careers to the youth.”
To do so, the school created some of the coolest car show trophies we have ever seen and awarded them to a select few cars from the robust show.
“Our team of instructors and our founder got together and they designed them. We love to build awesome fabricated pieces to really showcase what our students are capable of doing,” she added. “That way people can see it is not only a badass trophy, but it really showcases what the students at the school are capable of doing when they graduate.”
So, it was a win for the school and the deserving car owners. We prowled the pavement to capture as many of the cars and trucks as possible before the crowd of onlookers became too thick to get a clear shot of these rides. Then we tailed the winners and their 75-pound trophies up to the stage for the presentation right before REO Speedwagon took the stage to perform a rousing set of classic-rock hits.
By the time the final notes of Led Zepplin’s “Rock ’N Roll” faded into the ocean waves we had seen a day filled with some of your author’s favorite things — beach, cars, music, and fine spirits. It was a great day, and Sammy plans to do it all again next year for twice as long. If that sounds like fun to you, tickets to the two-day 2019 event are already up for sale at early bird prices right here.