Vehicle Show and Swap Meet

The 2022 Vehicle Show is proceeding as scheduled on Sept. 10.

The 72nd Illinois Secretary of State Vehicle Show & Swap Meet will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at the State Capitol Complex at the corner of Second St. and Monroe St. in downtown Springfield. First organized in 1949 as an Antique Auto Meet, today the show features not only some of the finest antique and classic vehicles in Illinois, but also sports cars, motorcycles, trucks and tractors. This time-honored event is held rain or shine.


  • 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.: All participants must be through the show gate and parked even if pre-registered. Your parking number msut be at the registration table at the Illinois State Library by 10 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. – noon : Participants prepare for judging.
  • 11:45 a.m.: Judges meeting at Illinois State Library. Captains report to the Author's Room, 1 st floor of ISL.
  • Noon: Judging commences.
  • 3:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony – First-, second- and third-place winners will receive awards in at least 60 classes. An Illinois State Champion award is presented to the vehicle judged best at the show by the Vehicle Show Advisory Committee. This year's show will honor one Corvair and one Studabaker with special Marque Awards. The Marque Award represents a different automobile manufacturer each year as chosen by the Vehicle Show Advisory Committee. In 2022, the committee with pay tribute to the "no longer in production" vehicle. Next year the committee will honor Illinois-based companies with the John Deere Tractor and Rivian pickup truck.

Special Event Plates

2022 Vehicle Show Special Event License Plate Personalized, special event license plates promoting the 72nd Illinois Secretary of State Vehicle Show are available for $23 per set (includes shipping). They are displayed for 60 days prior to the event. To request a brochure, call 217-557-7220, email, or write to the Jessica Ryg, Intergovernmental Affairs, 450 Howlett Building, Springfield, IL 62756.