Kathy Breed's Big City Rod Run and Car Party Sierra City

This is a very special car show, in a town with many "gear heads" and the town itself a favorite destination for car lovers due to the very scenic drive to and from here. This car show is quite different from the majority of car shows, with much less crowds and a more mixed audience than usual. The number of cars exhibiting is incredible since many event visitors are also exhibitors.

The Story: There were these two old car guys reminiscing about the good old days. Fast, cool cars, car clubs, and memories of "back in the day" that they just wanted to revisit once more.

They live in a town called Sierra City, an old gold mining town at the base of the Sierra Buttes. It is one of the most beautiful places in California, postcard views every way you look. Quite a jewel of a town, yet not many know of its existence. Those that do, come back year after year.

Almost every day those two motor heads would spend time after work talking of hot rods, fire breathing engines, tire smoking hot rods, and the one that got away.

Over and over, they talked of doing a car show. Both were so busy that they never quite got around to it, but that did not stop their dreaming of hot rods making that beautiful cruise up Highway 49 to the "one cool car show" that they would have in their town.

One day the intelligent wife of one of these men had her fill of all the talk. She walked over to the wall where a calendar hung, took it from its nail and said, "That's it, pick a date." They did, and the Highwaymen Car Club Norcal was begun, the dream of the “Big City Rod Run and Car Show” was realized, and the rest is history.

The "Big City" Rod Run & Car Show is a two day rod-o-rama brought to you by the Highwaymen Car Club Norcal. About an hour from Nevada City, and 12 miles east of Downieville, this relaxing cruise through the scenic Tahoe National Forest over Hwy 49, hugs the North Fork of the Yuba River and brings you to the town of Sierra City and the "Big City" Rod Run and Car Show. Come and enjoy the beauty of the high sierras and breathtaking scenery, combined with the small town hospitality of Sierra City.


Latitude: 39.5669923 Longitude: -120.6309986 Elevation: 4246 ft

Admission Fee (if any)

Free to the public. $30 in advance by 8-1-16 to enter car. $35 After that date or day of show to enter car.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages welcome.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Sierra City is an old Gold Rush mountain town without sidewalks, steep streets and may be hard to navigate.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on a leash are very welcome!


This is one of the nicest car shows in the High Sierra. The drive along the north fork of the Yuba River is a car lover’s dream cruise. The people of the historic mining town of Sierra City are very friendly. If you love cars and have never been to this show, it beats them all. Don't miss this one. Good food, good people and breath taking scenery.


Went to this show for the first time this last year. I’ve been a hot rodder for 50 years. Best show I have ever attended. They let us take over the whole town with our hot rods and lead sleds. The town is very car friendly and they have great homemade gold pan trophies. But the best part is the cruise to Sierra City and the great friends you will meet in this old gold rush town. Can't wait until next year.

bill laguna, 12/21/2010

Just a little more than a month away, I am looking forward to a return visit to this cool mountain town. It's as if time has stood still, until the hot rods show up. Beautiful cars, hilarious awards and fun events for the weekend make this a must attend event. This is different from most shows I have attended. They call it a car party and that pretty much sums it up.

Chevy Mama, 8/14/2011

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