The Cars Time Forgot: A Classic Tradition at Lake Lawn Resort

Author: Anthony Biondi

June 25, 2024

For nearly two decades, the Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has brought together car enthusiasts from near and far for the beloved Cars Time Forgot Car Show. Over the past ten years, Lake Lawn Resort has had the honor of being the official site sponsor, hosting this spectacular event that continues to grow in size and popularity. This year, we are excited to once again open our doors and our runway for the 19th Annual Cars Time Forgot Car Show, promising a weekend full of nostalgia, excitement, and automotive excellence.

A Brief History

The Cars Time Forgot Car Show began as a small gathering of classic car aficionados at the picturesque lakefront in Delavan. What started as a modest event quickly gained momentum as word spread among car enthusiasts and the local community. The allure of vintage automobiles and the charm of Delavan drew more and more participants each year, leading to a need for a larger venue to accommodate the growing crowds.

Recognizing the potential for this event to become a regional attraction, the Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with Lake Lawn Resort, a decision that marked a significant turning point for the car show. With our expansive grounds, ample parking, and convenient location, Lake Lawn Resort provided the perfect setting for the Cars Time Forgot Car Show to flourish. For the past decade, we have proudly been the site sponsor for the car show. In recent years, we have moved the show to the Lake Lawn Airport and welcome guests of all ages to admire these timeless automotive treasures.

The Evolution of the Car Show

Lake Lawn Airport hosting the Annual Cars Time Forgot Car Show. There are tons of classic cars visible, all with their hoods up so spectators can walk by and see the details of each car. There are tons of people in the photo. It is summer, and people are wearing shorts and tshirts.

The transition to Lake Lawn Resort allowed the Cars Time Forgot Car Show to evolve into a premier event that attracts car enthusiasts from across the Midwest and beyond. Each year, the show features hundreds of classic cars, showcasing the craftsmanship and history of these beloved vehicles. The spacious grounds of the Lake Lawn Airport offer an ideal layout for displaying the cars, providing ample space for visitors to explore and appreciate each unique automobile.

In addition to the stunning car displays, the event has expanded to include a variety of activities and entertainment options, making it a weekend-long celebration for the whole family. From live music to vendor booths, the Cars Time Forgot Car Show offers something for everyone, whether you’re a dedicated car enthusiast or simply looking for a fun and engaging weekend experience.

REV-UP Weekend Events at the 19th Annual Cars Time Forgot Car Show

This year’s car show promises to be the best yet, with a full schedule of exciting events and entertainment for attendees to enjoy.

Friday, July 12: Community Wide Street Dance

The festivities kick off on Friday evening with a Community Wide Street Dance, a lively event that sets the tone for the weekend ahead.

  • 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: The evening begins with an electrifying performance by Gravity of Youth, a rock band from Lake Geneva. Their high-energy show is sure to get the crowd pumped up and ready for a weekend of fun.
  • 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM: As the sun sets, the headliner band takes the stage. The Breakfast Club 80’s Band, a high-energy tribute band, will transport you back to the radical sounds of the 80s. Known for their spirited performances and spot-on renditions of 80s hits, The Breakfast Club will have you dancing and singing along to every song.

Saturday, July 13: Show Us What You Drive Delavan Parade & Rally

Cars Time Forgot Car Show
Parade and Road Rally
Red convertible, there is a man driving the car wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.

Saturday brings another day of excitement with the “Show Us What You Drive Delavan Parade & Rally.” This event is a highlight for both participants and spectators, offering a chance to see a diverse array of classic cars in motion.

  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: The parade begins at 4:30 PM, with 50-100 classic cars making their way through downtown Delavan. Following the iconic Delavan Brick Road, each car is announced as it passes by, giving spectators a chance to learn more about these beautiful vehicles. The parade concludes at Phoenix Park, where the cars are displayed for everyone to enjoy.
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: The evening’s entertainment continues at the Phoenix Park Bandshell with a performance by A Long Way Home, a SUPERTRAMP tribute band. Their melodic sounds provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing evening in the park, surrounded by classic cars and fellow enthusiasts.

Sunday, July 14: The Main Event

Rev-Up Weekend 
The Cars That Time Forgot Car Show
Lake Lawn Airport 
There are tons of classic cars, and tons of people looking at the cars and enjoying themselves. It's summer time, and a lot of people are wearing shorts and tank tops and tshirts.

The highlight of the weekend is undoubtedly the 19th Annual Cars Time Forgot Car Show, taking place on Sunday at the Lake Lawn Airport. This is the main event that brings car enthusiasts together for a day of automotive admiration and celebration.

  • 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: From 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the Lake Lawn Airport runway is transformed into a showcase of hundreds of classic cars. Each car on display tells a story, offering a glimpse into the rich history of automotive design and engineering. Whether you’re a fan of muscle cars, vintage roadsters, or elegant luxury vehicles, there’s something for everyone at this impressive car show.

In addition to the car displays, visitors can enjoy a variety of other attractions throughout the day. The Hits DJ will be spinning tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, creating a nostalgic atmosphere that complements the classic cars. Food and beverages will be available under a spacious tent, providing a comfortable place to relax and refuel. Vendor and business booths will be set up for your shopping pleasure, offering everything from automotive memorabilia to unique local products.

To get more information about the REV-UP Weekend and The Cars Time Forgot Car Show, click here.

Stay the Weekend at Lake Lawn Resort

Lake Lawn Resort

To fully enjoy the Cars Time Forgot Car Show, we encourage you to stay the weekend at Lake Lawn Resort. Our resort offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, making it the ideal place to unwind after a day of car show excitement.

Accommodations: Choose from our beautifully newly renovated rooms, suites, and lofts, each designed with your comfort in mind. Wake up to stunning lake views and enjoy modern amenities that make your stay memorable. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, our accommodations provide the perfect home base for your car show weekend.

Dining: Savor a variety of culinary delights at our on-site restaurants. From casual lakeside dining at The Lookout Bar & Eatery to elegant meals at 1878 on the Lake, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading out to the car show, or relax with a gourmet dinner after a day of exploring.

Activities: Take advantage of our extensive recreational facilities. Spend the morning perfecting your swing at Majestic Oaks, our lakeside golf course, unwind with a soothing massage at Calladora Spa, our award-winning full-service spa, or enjoy a leisurely paddle on Delavan Lake. There’s plenty to keep you and your family entertained when you’re not enjoying the car show festivities.

Join Us for a Memorable Weekend

The Cars Time Forgot Car Show is more than just a car show; it’s a celebration of automotive history and a cherished tradition at Lake Lawn Resort. We are proud to be the official site sponsor and to provide a venue that allows this event to continue to grow and thrive. We look forward to welcoming you for a weekend filled with classic cars, live music, and unforgettable memories.

Don’t miss out on this incredible event. Mark your calendar for July 12-14 and make your plans to stay at Lake Lawn Resort. For reservations and more information, click here or call us at 262.728.7950. We can’t wait to see you!