About Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo

The Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo Was First Put Together in 1990

The Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo was first put together in 1990,  but there was a lot of interest in car shows prior to that date. In this picture, cars were fairly new in Fortuna when this first ever gathering of cars was held, likely around 1903 or 1904. It was also very likely that every automobile in Fortuna was part of this show. It was held on Fortuna's Main Street between 9th and 10th Streets, in front of Taco Loco, the same location where the Judged car Show is held today..

President's Message

We couldn't do it without you.

Since 1990 is how long the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo has been bringing excitement to the fourth weekend in July. The 2007 event was dedicated to the memory of Pete Perdew, and so we all worked extra hard to make it special. We think we succeeded and we would like to thank those who helped make it happen. Because of all of you, we were able to award scholarships again this year and plan to continue to do so in the future.

Special thanks go to all the merchants and professionals who generously donated goods for prizes and funds for trophies. Your continued cooperation and enthusiasm is gratefully appreciated. We also thank the media for their excellent cooperation and coverage.

Our "Friendly City" nickname is well earned and the atmosphere it creates for visitors during AutoXpo is often remarked upon by our participants. We appreciate what our community does in support of our event. The small army of volunteers, many of whom have helped all seventeen years, always make us look good as they attend to the many tasks, not all of them fun, which are necessary to keep all our venues operating smoothly. From standing on a street corner during the Cruise on Friday, to helping with clean-up on Sunday night, we would be lost without our volunteers throughout the weekend. And, of course, an army is always looking for recruits, so if you, too, want to be overworked and under appreciated, give us a call at (707) 572-7855 and get your name on the list for next year.

We cannot say enough about the excellence and cooperation of our police and parks departments. They are always there for us to make our vision a reality. They anticipate our needs and deliver on our wishes.

So, thank you Fortuna, for being such a great place to be all the time, and an extraordinary place to be during AutoXpo.

Ryan Walters, President,
and the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo Committee



Past Artwork

The Artwork of the AutoXpo has become a highly recognizable branding element of the event.

In the past graphic designer Ron Alexander, a committee member and Executive Director of Love Your Vets - Veterans Helping Veterans, took on the task of designing the annual car show artwork. The design concept is a collaboration with committee member - Ellis Cleaver. The full committee reviews the final design with a watchful eye for detail.

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Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo 2013 Artwork Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo 2012 Artwork