• St John, Virgin Islands

    LOVE CITY CAR SHOW

  • Upcoming Show

    LABOR DAY MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd

    SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

     

    Here we are again proudly announcing .......

     

    The 2019 5th annual Love City Car Show, being held on the Coral Bay Ball Field being run in conjunction with the Coral Bay Labor Day Events and Parade. Vehicles registered in the car show will be permitted to participate in the parade Monday morning.

     

    St John and the Virgin Islands are still recovering from two category five hurricanes (Irma and Maria) that hit us two years ago but we find ourselves really excited about this years Car Show being held again in Coral Bay on Labor Day September 2, 2019. As in the past we are working with St John Festival Committee in revitalizing the "back time" Labor Day festivities held in Coral Bay. The Love City Annual Car Show's mission is to support the youth of St John. We offer alternative activities for the children and encourage them to get involved right here at home on St John. At the same time we are bringing our very special community together for a fun time of food, drink, entertainment and a car show!.

     

    We have expanded this year to include our very finest "Safari" taxis and there will be a trophy competition for this new category. Of course the sound category is bigger than ever and we will have many more motorcycles and trucks and antique cars and well you get the idea.

     

    FM radio station 90.9 will be broadcasting live from the field. Also with the generous efforts of Love City Community Network, there will be video streamed from the show. This is the group that provided free internet immediately after the hurricanes to St John and are still doing so two years later.

     

    There will be more food and drink vendors, more music with a DJ and a possible live band again. We are adding more activities for the children including our popular "HOT WHEELS" race track.

     

    Please show your support and plan to attend.

    Admission $5.00 Adults ---- Children 12 and under $3.00 (includes free matchbox car)

     

     

     

  • LOVE CITY CAR SHOW

    ST John, Virgin Islands

  • Our Back Story

    How the smallest US Virgin Island came to host the fastest growing car show in the Caribbean

    An Idea was born

    "BIG" Al

    "Big" Al Smith a native St Johnian has always had a passion for cars. He has way too many sitting in his garage, car port, under tents and in the driveway! Al loves finding and restoring all sorts of vehicles. His trophy winning 1975 Camaro was inherited from his Grandfather on St Croix. He shipped it off to the states and had it fully restored from the frame up. It is truly is a winner. Al met Jay Swartley when Jay and his wife Athena moved to St John 15 years ago.

    Jay

    Jay has owned some nice cars over the years but living on St John and being in construction he now has a pickup! Because Jay works in construction he met and works with a St Thomian named Steve Joseph who operates a backhoe. Steve shared many stories with Jay over the years. He spoke of growing up on St Thomas and being involved with cars, racing and restoring bugs (Volkswagen Beetles), Steve's specialty.

     

    Steve often said to Jay how being involved with cars as a youth kept him out of trouble and gave him an opportunity to apply himself to something he really loved. This gave Jay the idea that with Al's help they could hold a car show on St John (known locally as Love City). The show would attract many car owners throughout the Virgin Islands who work hard to locate vehicles that can be restored or modified to true show pieces. The car show provides a venue to display them while attracting and involving the youth and car enthusiasts.

  • The Beginning

    How it All Happened

    The Show must Go On!

    When Jay started thinking about who he knew that had a real passion for cars he couldn't help but approach "Big" Al. When Jay asked Al if he would help with the organizing of the show "Big" Al jumped at the opportunity. The premise for the show would be to include St John cars, trucks, motorcycles, dune buggies, etc and find a location that would attract the most visitors.

     

    The show involves locals, tourists and most of all the young people. Expanding to include St Thomas was important and now this year 2017, we are inviting St Croix and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

     

    The first year (2015) Al and Jay had the help of St John Festival Committee in locating and organizing the event. St John Festival Committee are the organizers of St John Festival (carnival) every year and have experience with large events. Winston Wells Ball Field in Cruz Bay was selected because it is convenient for St Thomas and the larger Cruz Bay population however the field became crowded with over 70 vehicles the first year.

     

    The Second Annual Love City Car Show moved to the center of the island utilizing Chester's Getaway (local restaurant) and "The Landing" a St Johnian establishment founded for it's local crafts, food and culture. Again the space proved to be tight and with the Labor Day rain participation was down.

     

    For the Third Annual Love City Car Show the venue has been moved across the island to the Coral Bay Ball Field where there will be space for over 300 vehicles. St John Festival Committee hosts a Labor Day Parade and other family oriented activities in Coral Bay every year. So the decision was made to share the field and add some more attractions to the Labor Day Event with the help of the Love City Annual Car Show.

  • What We Do

    Our mission is to provide a community event featuring a car show involving the youth of St John and the Virgin Islands.

    ST JOHN YOUTH

    ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO A ST JOHN YOUTH ORGANIZATION

    Because we were founded on the principal of supporting our local community, we donate all of the proceeds and sponsor donations to a St John Youth Organization each year.

  • Who We Are

    We are an inclusive event.

     

    Cars, trucks, motorcycles from St John, St Thomas, St Croix and Tortola, BVI are all invited!

    Jay Swartley and "Big" Al Smith

    St John friends Alston Smith and Jay Swartley

    Jay and "Big" Al started the Love City Car Show on St John in the Virgin Islands. It began with an idea to bring the St John youth out and involve them in a constructive community event.

  • Who's Talking About Us

    Take a look and enjoy!

    2016 LOVE CITY CAR SHOW DONATION RECIPIENT WAS

    THE LOVE CITY PAN DRAGONS

    The Love City Pan Dragons was founded in 1998 to provide a healthy positive extracurricular cultural experience for St. John students from elementary through high school

    LISTEN TO OUR LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW on 90.0 FM 8/19/2017

    https://drive.google.com/uc?id=0Bxpwd2RwG9SCUTQ3T09JUTY4ajg&export=download

    click link above and then listen to our radio interview

  • Connect With Us

    villacoralvi@gmail.com

    jay.swartley@gmail.com

    340-715-3002

    Jay

    340-690-0605

    Al

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