Cincinnati, Ohio – The annual Cincinnati Cavalcade of Customs is one of our favorite stops on the Summit Racing Show Car Series.

That’s because, beyond being a nice escape from the frigid temperatures outside, the Queen City welcomes a ton of fantastic rides from all across the midwest—we’re talking late model muscle to prewar classics and everything in between.

And since it’s also one of the first major shows in the ISCA season, this particular event is a good chance for us to see what trends, vehicles, and styles will be popular in the coming year.

Check out the photo gallery below and see the full 2024 ISCA event calendar here because there’s a good chance that the Summit Racing Show Car Series is heading somewhere near you in 2024.


yamaha yds-5e bat girl batman motorcycle
In addition to the Adam West-era 1966 Bat-Cycle, the event also welcomed the BatGirl Cycle ridden by actress Yvonne Craig during the original TV series. Both bikes are based on Yamaha models, with the Bat-Cycle derived from a Yamaha Catalina and the BatGirl Cycle from a Yamaha YDS-5E. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
batman vs superman batmobile
There was an entire Batman display that featured Batmobiles throughout the years—culminating in this fierce rig from the “Batman vs. Superman” movie. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
green 1969 dodge charger daytona at car show
From bats to another fearsome winged creature—you may appreciate our short history of the Daytona/Superbird twins too. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1998 honda prelude custom sport compact tuner car
We’re glad to see the sport compact/tuner scene continue to gain popularity—this vintage ‘Lude was one of our favorites at the show. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1995 nissan 240sx tuner car
We will never not photograph a clean 240sx, either. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1994 subaru svx custom tuner car
Behold the coolest windows in automotive history! (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1994 toyota mr2 ferrari kit car
This well-sorted Mister Two had us doing a double take. Yes, it’s a Toyota—but it is right-hand drive and sporting a Ferrari F355-style body kit. The 2014 Lexus 3.5L V6 crammed behind the seats is just icing on the cake here. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1988 chrysler conquest tsi
And speaking of Toyota engine swaps, this rad Chrysler Conquest is carrying a turbocharged 1JZ (!!) engine. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1988 bmw m3
On the European side of the Pond, this 1988 M3 was particularly glorious. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1991 bmw 325i wagon
Or if you prefer Bimmers of the longroof variety, here’s a 1991 325i wagon. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1972 mg midget coupe
The British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati always brings a nice array of vehicles to the show as well, this tidy 1972 MG Midget was just the beginning. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1966 morgan 4 4 series v competition
This 1966 Morgan 4/4 is one of the super-rare “Competition” models that featured a louvered butterfly hood and other sport-oriented upgrades. But if you wanted to see a three-wheeler…(Image/OnAllCylinders)
1972 reliant robin 21e saloon
…parked nearby that Concours-spec Morgan was this delightful 1972 Reliant Robin. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1911 emf model 30
One of the oldest vehicles at the show was this 1911 EMF Racer. We’ve seen this particular car before at recent Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance events. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
purple 1972 dodge charger
There was plenty of classic Detroit muscle on-hand too. This subtly-modded 1972 Dodge Charger was tough to miss. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1978 chevy camaro rally sport
And this might be the cleanest 1978 Camaro we’ve ever seen. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1971 chevy camaro z28
Or, if you prefer earlier second-gen. Camaros, you didn’t have to look far. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1979 pontiac trans am 6.6L
1979 Trans Am has entered the F-Body chat. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1966 plymouth valiant
Remember, without the Valiant, the 1960s Pony Car wars might have never happened. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1965 amc ambassador
If this AMC Ambassador is any proof, the “Survivor Alley” section of the show is our favorite place. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1969 olds cutlass 442 w-30
If you’re a fan of Cutlasses (Cutli?), you may enjoy our quick history on the Olds Cutlass here. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1991 mazda b2200 sport truck custom
There was a stunning Mazda B2200 on display right as you entered the hall. The sport truck crowd brought its A-game to Cincinnati. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1991 chevy s-10 custom
On the other end of the show truck spectrum is this rowdy V8-powered S-Dime. *Chef’s Kiss* (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1975 ford thunderbird lowrider
If you’re more into the lowrider scene, check out this classic T-bird. We love seeing 1970s-era land barges on airbags. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
1979 Ford Fairmont
Hey, look! It’s the other—OK, other other—Fox Body. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
red 1986 chevy el camino
We included El Camino in our list of Spanish car names. See what else made the roster here. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
c5 corvette indy pace car edition
Find out where the 1998 edition landed on our list of 10 Favorite Corvette Indy 500 Pace Cars. (Image/OnAllCylinders)
2004 ford mustang cobra terminator svt
Finally, we’ll wrap up the photo gallery with this 2004 Ford Cobra SVT. It was a great show—and we’ll be back. (Image/OnAllCylinders)

Author: Paul Sakalas

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he's not writing, you'll probably find him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or roof leaks in an old Corvette ragtop. Thanks to a penchant for vintage Honda motorcycles, he spends the rest of his time fiddling with carburetors and cleaning chain lube off his left pant leg.