The Annual Galpin Car Show is one of the best shows you probably have never heard of. As Jeff Skobin, CMO of Galpin Automotive Group said, “We want to do this for an underserved community. It’s a way to give back to that community.”
If you live in Southern California and love cars, you know we are blessed with many regular monthly, yearly, and even weekly car shows and gatherings. Chances are you will find yourself attending shows that you have been seeing on Instagram or hearing about for quite some time.
In such an embarrassment of riches, it is always cool to find an undiscovered gem.
The Galpin show spans over multiple lots. Galpin seems to be more of a city than a dealership. The sprawling size of the show wasn’t the most impressive part, though. What really draws the crowd are the various types of cars that roll into the different sections of the virtual Galpin town.
From low-riders to extremely rare exotics, everything you could dream of was here. For me, an American muscle guy at heart, the best building to visit was the one next to the Galpin-owned restaurant, The Horseless Carriage. This building was loaded with real historic racecars that included original Shelby Cobra 427s, a Ford GT40 MK IV, and other fine examples of Ford racing heritage. Oddly enough this seemed to be the least active building out of all of them.
In the main Galpin Premier showroom across the street, there were two familiar faces: Ferrari F40 and Bugatti EB110SS by Dauer in fully exposed carbon fiber finish, courtesy of the AlphaLuxe collection.
Outside the showroom in the Premier service bay was an epic lineup of Lamborghinis accompanied by none other than the AlphaLuxe Lamborghini Diablo GTR. This was quite a sight to behold, and many people were in awe of the lineup of cars on this side of the show.
Quite possibly the most unique part of the whole show was the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato shooting brake that was displayed perfectly in “The Vault.” In order to get inside, there was a hand scanner straight out of a spy thriller movie that led to a small circular room, and then the lounge and display portion of the vault; literally a scene right out of a James Bond movie.
In here was a welcoming champagne bar as well as seating for clients. The most striking woman in the room, figuratively, was the Vanquish Zagato shooting brake. It may just be one of the best looking modern designs in recent history. The asking price to take this gorgeous model home was just under $1 million, which may be considered a bargain being that it is one of the last Zagatos left for sale.
The viewing deck and seating area for the VIPs were just outside the vault, and that’s where the real party was. Open bar, catering, and a live DJ made for some great party vibes. It was easy to forget that I was at a car show. In fact, I did for a few minutes… and it was delightful. Car shows are good, but most of them nowadays aren’t what they should be.
A car show should be a fun escape where enthusiasts and owners can gather to socialize and have a good time. That gets lost in translation with most shows, but Galpin proved to be on a different level than most other shows in today’s SoCal car culture. Congratulations to Galpin for putting on such a successful event, and thanks to them for accommodating the AlphaLuxe team!
Primary Author’s Biography
Michael Gallardo found interest in cars at around 6 years old. Going to the drag strip to watch NHRA races and riding in his Dad’s VW Beetle were the earliest memories that he can credit his passion to. A year after high school, Michael bought his first car, a 1986 Porsche 944. Ever since then, he has been switching it up and trying to experience all of the cars that he possibly can. Interests include watching Formula 1, going to the shooting range, collecting watches, trying new places to eat, and an occasional round of golf.