The International Championship Auto Show (ICAS) series began in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan. Bob Larivee, the president of Promotions Inc, had a goal to create a series of auto show events to introduce the public to the sport of hot rodding. It became the largest producer of such shows in North America.
Car shows in each city were actively sponsored and supported by local car groups. Promtions Inc. would then buy, build or lease show cars from throughout the world, allowing the public to see vehicles they might not otherwise ever see. Shows would feature hot rods, customs, competition cars, sports cars, antiques, classic cars, motorcycles, go-karts and experimental vehicles. Most of these vehicles were privately owned.
The following program guides were available to the public for purchase. They were first printed as individual editions for larger shows, then evolved into the Souvenir Pictorial Annual. Covers were often re-used for different seasonal or venue events, and content included featured vhicles, insights into hot rodding, behind-the-scenes operational insights, and profiles of the clubs and individuals involved.
In 1970, the title of the program souvenir became Hot Rod Show World. This should not be confused a series of one-shot titles of the same name published by Petersen Publshing in the 1980s and 1990s.
Like most of the other titles in this section, we are never really certain how complete our collection is. However, we have seen most issues up to 1992, but beyond that date image availability is "spotty".