Fins, Fenders, Carbs and Chrome


  • Courtesy of Ron Alexander

Every fourth weekend in July, Fortuna transforms into a city of nostalgia as hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and auto aficionados fill its streets, park and venues. Gear up, gear heads. The 26th annual Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo — three days glass-packed full of cars, cruises and old-fashioned fun — is here July 22 through 24.

Trip the chrome fantastic at Friday night's cruise down Main Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Then, head over to the Sock Hop at 8 p.m. at the River Lodge ($5). Peruse the Antiques Show at Veterans Hall on Friday and Saturday and the Artisans Faire Friday through Sunday at Rohner Park. Or ogle fender skirts and fadeaways at the Judged Car Show at Rohner Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the Show & Shine/Vintage & Exotic (non-judged) show Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fortuna High School parking lot. Trophies for both shows will be awarded at 10 a.m. Sunday in Rohner Park.

The Hit-and-Miss Antique Engine Gas Up and Antique Tractors and Farm Equipment (for fans of the old-oldies) happen at Rohner Park on Saturday and Sunday, and there's Antique Tractor Pull action Saturday and Sunday over at the Rodeo Grounds. Find that hard-to-locate part at the Swap Meet & Car Corral Friday through Sunday at Rohner Park, and try your luck at the Poker Run starting at Fortuna High on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Admission to all events is free (except for the Sock Hop). See for a full schedule of events.

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