It was an ideal setting on Saturday … if you like, make that love cars, history and great conversation.

With early morning overcast skies giving way to a sunny afternoon, more than 400 registered cars were on hand for the 24th annual CEMA Charity Car Show on the grounds of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, which was open to the public for the first time since December.

“This was one of the best show turnouts we have ever had in terms of vehicles and spectators,” Chrysler Employee Motorsports Association (CEMA) Vice President Lori Emerling told us. Proceeds from this year’s charity car show will benefit the American Diabetes Association and Forgotten Harvest.

“I don’t ever recall this many people walking around and enjoying the show – the aisles were full all day long with people milling around, and I was amazed every time I went in the museum to see all of the people inside.”

Whether you were checking out the old and new classics outside or walking through history inside the museum, it was clear that the two events brought family and friends together to share in the automotive culture.

“After 273 vehicles pre-registered, another 135 showed up Saturday morning to make it one of the largest turnouts in the show’s history,” Emerling said. “The museum opening for the first time since it closed in December gave the show a boost.”

According to the museum’s Chief Operating Officer Doreen Wright, 2,462 people came into the museum Saturday.

It was a fantastic turnout,” she added. “There were a lot of spectators who came into the museum because it was promoted as the last opportunity to see it. Many guests expressed how disappointed they were that the museum was closed to the public.

"The museum will, however, continue to be available for rentals for both corporate and private functions, indefinitely.”

For more images from the day, visit our CEMA/Walter P. Chrysler Museum Flickr set.