Classic Cars in Coeur d'Alene ID

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 by Travis Cody in

We took a much needed holiday from 17-19 June.  We drove over to Coeur d'Alene in Idaho for the annual "Car d'Alene" Classic Car Cruise and Show.  We were prepared for the rain and got to the event early enough on Saturday that we saw what we wanted to see with a minimum of soaking.

Here are a few of the beauties we saw.

This 1930 Chrysler was the class of an excellent display of pre-1940 models.  It was first runner up for both Pam and I for Best in Show.

I'm not usually a Chevy guy, but this 1969 Camero was really nice.  It was called Plain Jane because it hadn't been modified from the way it originally rolled off the line in 1968.  The owners bought it off the first owner in 1973 and except for new tires, basic maintenance, and a new paint job in 1996, it's the same factory model as when it was brand new.

I didn't catch the year for this fire truck.  The guys with it were dressed in kilts.

Pam's choice for Best in Show was this 1953 Studebaker.  We saw this one on Friday during our drive over to Idaho.

One of the guys I work with has a 1968 Chevelle.  He's working on the restoration, although he says it's decent as a driver.

I'm a fan of the Willies brand.  This one is a 1949.

The only Chevy that could turn my head from a 1956 T-Bird is the 1953 Corvette.  I've seen this one at shows closer to home.

This is a 1929 Erskine Roadster, manufactured by Studebaker and hot rodded in the 1960s.  According to the data sheet, it is the only one known to be in existence.  The guy who owned this car was staying at our hotel.  We saw it in the trailer when we parked.

Here's a 1952 Hudson Hornet.

Second runner up for Best in Show for both of us was this 1917 Ford Roadster.

My choice for Best in Show was this 1956 T-Bird.  It was the first car we saw as we walked up the block to the main strip.  When the rain got a little more than a sprinkle, we waited it out on a bench beneath an awning in front of this car.  It really was outstanding...and not just because I'm a T-Bird guy.

When the rain started to get too annoying, and once we had been down the walk once and re-visited the cars we really liked, we spend the afternoon at the Coeur d'Alene resort.  It's right there at the start of the line of cars, and of course it's right at the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene.  I think we might stay there next time.


  1. Jamie says:

    Wonderful car show. Would have loved to see them in person. My pick would have been your second choice. I've always wanted to have one of those 1930's era roadsters like the one driven down Pacific Coast Highway by Barbara Streisand in Funny Lady or their modern version the Clenet

  1. Oh wow, I'd like to have any of these!

  1. What a wonderful weekend! I love the hornet!!!!! That one was my fave... hands down. Soweeeet!!

    your red T-bird is a close second.

  1. Mags says:

    How cool! I love the hornet-it's super cool.

  1. Linda says:

    There are just too many nice ones to pick a favorite though I must say you have excellent choice with your Best of Show selection! Ah, to be cruising in that beauty down an open highway ... !

  1. cool,I enjoyed my visit with you and the cars.

  1. Tis the season for car show. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing the pix. Alas, my Chevro-sleigh wouldn't turn your head.

  1. Some sweet cars.

    I had a 64 Chevelle SS that was red, but looked very much like the one you showed.

    Gee, so surprised a T-Bird won your best in show! LOL

    Glad y'all enjoyed.

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  1. jennifer says:

    I loved them ALL! I was surprised to see people wearing jackets in the background of your photos. It is so bloomin' hot here in Alabama. It must be nice to experience a bit of cool weather in June.

    Have a wonderful week Trav!