Thank you to all of those who attended the 2019 Wasteland World Car Show!
Our car shows in Los Angeles are currently on hold due to the pandemic.
This page will be updated if another car show is scheduled.
An all-post-apocalyptic vehicle extravaganza!
ADMISSION IS FREE!
(but you need to register below if you want to show off your car)
SATURDAY ARPIL 6TH, 2019
10am – 4pm
The Automobile Driving Museum – 610 Lairport St. El Segundo, CA 90245
(right near LAX airport)
Car show begins at 10am in the parking lots of the museum and is free to the public. See Mad Max-style cars, trucks, and motorcycles from all over the country!
The museum will also be open (for an admission fee) and you can see their beautiful collection of cars from various eras. (The ADM even features an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor right on site!)
Plenty of free parking on the surrounding streets.
SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO SEE SOME OF THE VEHICLES WE’LL BE FEATURING!
COME OUT IN A WASTELAND COSTUME!
Costumes are NOT required, but they are encouraged! And unlike some car shows, most of these car owners welcome you to pose all over (and even INSIDE) their cars!
(There’s less concern about scratching the paint when a car is already covered in dented/rusted metal!) – just be sure to ask first! We should have plenty of pro photographers on hand as well.
You can show off your car and be eligible to win cool custom trophies and ribbons in a variety of categories. Scroll down this page for more info.
YOUR VEHICLE WILL NOT BE PART OF THE CAR SHOW UNLESS YOU REGISTER
SIGN UP TO BE A VENDOR!
If you sell Wasteland goods or have a food truck, send an email to: email@example.com
Be sure to put “car show vendor” in the subject line. We have very limited space for vendors. In your email, let us know if you have vended at Wasteland or at the Car Show before, and include pics of your goods and your vending setup.
ABOUT WASTELAND WORLD AND WASTELAND WEEKEND
Wasteland World Inc. is the team behind Wasteland Weekend, the world’s biggest post-apocalyptic music and arts festival. Never been? Well, watch this: WASTELAND HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
Hundreds of amazing and creative cars come out to the Mojave desert every September for our event, and the Wasteland World Car Show is when we get to show them off to the public.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR VEHICLE
Have a vehicle that you think would be right for our show? We’d love to see it!
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, etc.. If you think Mad Max would want to ride it, this is the place to show it off!
(All themed vehicles for the show must be pre-registered and approved by staff ahead of time.)
ALL ENTRY FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN APRIL 3rd!
But we will be selecting cars in batches as forms come in, so the sooner you submit your into, the better. We may cut off applications early if we fill up.
There will be custom trophies and ribbons awarded for a range of categories!
PLEASE SUBMIT A SEPARATE ENTRY FORM FOR EACH VEHICLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHOW.
This is a separate event from Wasteland Weekend, so cars that have won at Wasteland Weekend ARE eligible to enter and win at this car show. Judges’ vehicles and those owned by Wasteland Senior Staff members may be exhibited but may NOT be entered into competition. Likewise, vehicles that won in previous Wasteland World Car Shows are not eligible for competition but may be shown (bring your Wasteland trophy or ribbon with you so they know you’re a previous winner!)
We will have some space reserved in the wide back alley for trucks and trailers since we know many people will have to trailer their vehicles in. Additionally, there is space on the surrounding streets to park trailers. If you traveling a long distance will need to leave your vehicle overnight, please contact us so we can make arrangements with the museum for it to be kept in a secured location.
If you have questions related to any of the above, please contact us at Wastelandweekend at gmail.com
SHOW CAR ENTRY FEES
Each car or truck costs $25 to show, each motorcycle or ATV is $10. These fees can be paid to staff in cash when the cars arrive on site. If you prefer to pay in advance for your fee with paypal or a credit card, you may do so by contacting us at our main email address above. A PORTION OF THE VEHICLE ENTRY FEE IS BEING DONATED TO THE AUTOMOBILE DRIVING MUSEUM. They are a non-profit and it’s our pleasure to support the great work that they do.
Not all themed vehicles submitted will be accepted for the show. Selections will be made by a committee. Once the themed cars arrive on site, a staff member will show you where to place your vehicle. You will not be able to choose your own spot to show your car.
COSTUMES AND WEAPONS
This event is open to the public as well as the Wasteland community and many may not understand that our weapons are meant to be props. And as this is an all-ages event, it’s important that we also keep curious kids from hurting themselves on gear. To assure the safety and comfort of all Car Show guests, we ask that you follow these rules:
Costumes – Costumes are NOT REQUIRED for this event, but we absolutely encourage you to wear Wasteland-themed costumes! Just be sure that what you wear isn’t pointy, sharp, or dangerous.
Weapons (personal) – Since this event is out in the open, in the middle of Los Angeles, please leave your Wasteland costume weapons at home.
Weapons (vehicle) – Mounted, affixed, or turreted prop weapons on your vehicles are fine! Prop thundersticks are fine too (see below).
Not allowed: Anything easily removed and dangerous, like handheld/melee weapons, bladed weapons, anything sharp and/or heavy enough to cause damage/injury.
Thundersticks – Mounted on a vehicle or carried around during the daytime for photo ops, prop/non-functioning thundersticks are fine.
WHAT IS A WASTELAND CAR ANYWAY?
Wasteland cars: Though occasional examples have been around for decades, wasteland cars as a car building movement or hobby is a fairly new phenomenon. Folks who build custom cars like to argue over definitions sometimes, but what we consider a “wasteland car” is a pretty broad definition, and it mostly focuses on having fun. The most iconic wasteland cars have always been the ones featured in the Mad Max films. But like the changes in those films over the years, wasteland cars built by fans have evolved as well. The current quintessential wasteland cars have some common factors:
1. They’re off-road capable, because the post-apocalyptic world doesn’t have well-maintained roads.
2. They have some kind of armor and/or armament, because it’s a dangerous world full of marauders.
3. Older, non-computer cars are preferred because they are easier to maintain in a future with fewer resources.
4. They’re outrageous and cool-looking, with a Hollywood-style influence.
Then again, there are plenty of great wasteland cars that DON’T meet the above definitions. Sometimes a wasteland car is whatever the builder wants it to be. Some of them look like they were made from junked car parts found on the side of the road. Some of them look like future, weaponized hot rods and street rods. Some are exact replicas of cars from post-apocalyptic films. And some defy description, but they definitely look like they’re from a future where you need to fight to survive.
WASTELAND CARS FEATURED ON JAY LENO’S GARAGE
OTHER QUESTIONS? MEDIA INQUIRIES?
If you have a question that isn’t about submitting a vehicle, vending, or volunteering, please send us a note here.
The Wasteland World Car Show is a public event but it takes place on private property and the ADM and Wasteland World Inc. reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone.
HERE’S A SELECTION OF VEHICLES FROM LAST YEAR’S SHOW, 2019 CONFIRMATIONS WILL BE POSTED HERE AS THEY COME IN!
THE HILLMAN BUGGY – Actual production vehicle from Mad Max: Fury Road!
Built in Australia and shipped to Namibia for filming, learn about this car’s strange journey all the way to California when you see it in person.
The first production car from Fury Road ever to be shown in the United States, making its debut at our car show!
THE WAR RIG – The rolling headquarters for Wasteland Weekend! Don’t be surprised if you see some war boys walking along the top…
THE MARAUDER MERC – Winner of the “wing nut” trophy for best in show at the 2016 Wasteland World Car show
THE HYDE – Winner of best in show at Wasteland Weekend 2015 and driven by Jay Leno on Jay Leno’s Garage
THE WARPLANE – Winner of best in show at Wasteland Weekend 2016
above photo by Barry Mulling
VALKYRIE – ’39 Dodge luxury liner, modified with a V8 and 4WD