As the calendar page turned, Southern California’s automotive enthusiasts had one destination in mind: The 2nd Annual Mooneyes New Year’s Party at Irwindale Speedway. Held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, this event wasn’t just a car show; it was a full-throttle celebration of classic automotive culture, echoing the sounds of engines and rock ‘n’ roll across the famed speedway.
Embracing the timeless spirit of the pre-1972 era, the Mooneyes New Year’s Party brought together over 1,000 show cars, turning the venue into a living museum of automotive history. Classic car aficionados reveled in the sight of meticulously restored vehicles, hot rods, and custom builds that encapsulated decades of motoring heritage.
Beyond the gleaming chrome and polished paint jobs, the event featured heart-pounding drag racing, with more than 100 race cars battling it out on the strip. The roar of engines and the smell of burnt rubber created an electrifying atmosphere, reminding everyone why Irwindale Speedway is affectionately known as “The House of Drags.”
Adding to the festive atmosphere were live music performances that set the tone for a day of excitement and nostalgia. The pin-up contest, a crowd favorite, celebrated classic fashion and charm, showcasing contestants who embodied the glamour of the bygone era.
With more than 60 vendors, the 2nd Annual Mooneyes New Year’s Party was not just a feast for the eyes but also a marketplace for unique finds and automotive memorabilia. Enthusiasts and collectors scoured through a variety of stands, finding everything from car parts to vintage apparel.
Attracting over 9,000 spectators, the Mooneyes New Year’s Party confirmed its status as a must-attend event in the Southern California car culture calendar. It wasn’t just about the number of cars or the size of the crowd; the event embodied a community’s passion for automotive history and the joy of sharing it with like-minded souls.
As the engines cooled and the crowds dispersed, one thing was clear: the 2nd Annual Mooneyes New Year’s Party at Irwindale Speedway is more than just a gathering; it’s a vibrant celebration of automotive culture and nostalgia. With its successful second year, enthusiasts are already marking their calendars for next year, anticipating another day of timeless fun and fervor.
Photos by: Chromey