The first ever LGBT car show kinda snuck up on us, when we received a very unexpected telephone call from the folks at ION Arizona Magazine! They were revving up for their first annual LGBT auto show to be held in the air-conditioned comfort of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and were hoping that our club would lend our name, and of course, our cars, in sponsorship of the first-ever Ignition Phoenix LGBT Auto Show. How could we refuse?Other gay clubs with a motorized theme were invited as well, including the Cactus 4 Wheelers and the Hell’s Fairies, a group of LGBT scooter enthusiasts. While we were given short notice, we were able to draw on our connections, and our resident Chrysler maven, Roger, was able to bring his ’62 Imperial out for their ad campaign photo shoot for the event, with his car posing with some hot models of the two-legged variety.
Ultimately, LCCI Central Arizona Region’s members, brought out thirteen vehicles for the show, which was held on August 30th, and we managed to give away all of the our club membership forms we brought as our cars and our members attracted the interests of the attendees. The show also featured music, food, drinks, a poker tournament, a vapor lounge and more. In true ION style, some drag queens were on hand, as well as a gaggle of scantily clad dancers. It was lively, to say the least.
Spectators were asked to donate $20 at the door, with proceeds being shared with the QU Scholarship Fund and the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center. Everyone received a ballot to vote on their favorite cars in six categories, and LCCI C.A.R. members won three of them. Paul was awarded “Best Tail” for his ’65 Rambler Marlin, Mark winning “Best Grille” for his ’62 Chrysler Imperial, and Ralph winning the ultimate prize, “Best in Show” for his gorgeous ’58 Chrysler 300.
We were thanked profusely by the organizers of the event, and based on its success, they are already planning to do it again next year. One things for certain, we’ll be there!
Check out this great video of this year’s event!