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Cantigny Car Show

South Parking Lot
Sunday, September 19
9am – 3pm

Have a cool car, motorcycle, truck, or anything that has wheels and you want to show it off? Display it in our car show! Enjoy our annual auto show featuring a variety of vintage cars, entertainment, and food trucks.

Natalie Burmeister
Meet and Greet with United States of America Pageants, Mrs. Fox Valley, as she vies for Miss Illinois, from 12pm – 3pm throughout the crowd.

Matt Avery Seminar: Origins of COPO: The Quest for 427
12:10pm – 1pm | 2pm – 2:50pm | Visitor Center Theater
Book Signing

1pm – 1:50pm | Visitor Center Lobby

Join automotive author and journalist Matt Avery as he dives deep into the origins of Chevrolet’s ultimate muscle machines, the COPO cars. In this foundational seminar Matt will lay the groundwork for understanding how and why these legendary vehicles came to be. Key topics include the events surrounding the Camaro’s launch and the resulting dealer efforts to meet the market’s performance-oriented demand for 427-equipped Camaros.

Matt will spin through and explain the operations of the iconic nationwide players, including Dana, Nickey, Motion and more with a special spotlight on the vehicle programs of pioneer Don Yenko and his lasting legacy today.

Matt Avery Bio:

Matt Avery is a veteran automotive journalist, photographer and historian. After stints as a repair technician for Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Matt wrote for the television show, MotorWeek, before joining the Cars.com editorial team as Senior Video Producer. Matt currently works for Mecum Auctions as Executive Producer and host of the On the Move podcast. His career also includes time on the board of the Midwest Automotive Media Association.

His latest book, COPO, details the full story the legendary Chevy vehicles processed through GM’s Central Office. Matt’s expansive library of images captured specifically for the book has a permanent home in the archives at the General Motors Heritage Center. In 2019, COPO was awarded a Silver Medal by the Automotive Heritage Awards. In 2020, Matt and his book were featured in a limited-edition run of twelve Johnny Lightning diecast COPO cars.

Vital Signs | 12pm – 3pm | Parade Field
Good, fun, cover band that will make you shake your booty, bang your head and sing until your voice is gone!



For more information, contact Brian Gray at 630.260.8167 or bgray@cantigny.org.

2019 Cantigny Choice Award Winner, Jeff Gename.