The 2016 Retro Rewind in Dubuque, IA is physically a small event in a fairly small venue, but it’s HUGE on heart. That’s what the Retro Rewind, Vintage Torque Fest and Iron Invasion events are all about in a word, heart. John Wells and company put these events on to raise money for the 501(c)(3) Helping Hannah’s Heart Foundation. PLEASE go check out this foundation, it’s so very important that us in the hot rod and kustom world help out foundations like this that help out good hard working folks going through some of the toughest times in their lives.
My 2nd trip to Dubuque, IA for the Retro Rewind went down over the weekend of Jan. 9, 2016. The 3rd annual Retro Rewind was a lot of fun, even if I decided last minute to not bring my ride. The bitter cold may have kept my car (I wimped out after being sick all week) and some spectators away but there were still a ton of great cars, trucks, bikes, vendors, bands and awesome car people at the show.
2015 Detroit Autorama
For years I’ve wanted to go to the Detroit Autorama. It’s the biggest indoor show in the industry in terms of stature. The Ridler is given out here (although 2 years in a row I couldn’t disagree more with who it went to), and it’s the home of the big 3!
Detroit’s recent downturn has been talked about, yes the downtown area was a bit less populated than I expected for a city of this size but I can say this unequivocally, I loved my time in Detroit! The show was fantastic, I had more friends in the house than almost any other show I go to and the cars, well… just check out the rest of the photos to see.
Since I don’t have any shows to cover for this week I’ve taken the opportunity to preview some upcoming shows, here’s another one! After a couple of years of hearing about the show in 2014 I finally got myself up to Omaha, NE for the Omaha World of Wheels show. For 2015 the show happens Feb. 27-March 1 at the CenturyLink Center in Downtown Omaha.
For years the last event in this region had been the Hobo Happening in Douglass, KS. I’ve been able to attend this mid November event a few times, sometimes it’s 60 degrees and sometimes it’s 35 degrees, but it’s always a bunch of great people having an even better time.
Most of my 40 years have been spent in or around Gypsum, KS. Most of the Octobers that I’ve been here I’ve gone down to the Fall Festival held on and around our main drag, Maple Street. The “downtown” area is all on this 1 paved street (except for about a half block off of Maple in each way). There’s a parade, kids games, and in recent years a car show organized by my uncle Paul, known online by many as Poverty Flats.
With the numbers down due to the weather, it didn’t take long for me to cover the show. I hated to, but with a 10.5 hour drive ahead of us we decided to get on the road early and make it home in 1 drive stint and save the hotel fees. Thanks to John Wells and everyone involved for putting on a great event and having a couple of Kansas boys up for a great time.
As the day went on the sun even peeked out a few times, although not for long. The cars just kept rolling in.
The rain turned to snow which turned back to rain, really more of a mist than really rain. Just enough to be annoying but not enough to keep me from having the camera out shooting photos. The cars kept rolling in throughout the day, into the main show area, the preferred parking and even into the indoor show spaces. The weather wasn’t kind to the pinup contestants but they were TROOPERS and went on anyways. I was not envious.
The cool weather and precipitation might have kept some folks away but those of us that traveled to the show were going no matter what at that point. I made sure to publicly shame anyone on Facebook into showing up :). If a little inclement weather keeps you from hanging out with the rod/kustom family, well then you just don’t have your priorities right, especially when the show is to benefit a great cause like Helping Hannah’s Heart.
In 2012 a new show arrived on the scene. A weekend had been vacated by the Hunnert Car Pileup ending it’s run. The new show was put on by a friend so of course I had no problem driving 701 miles each way to check out a 1 day show. The weather was less than pleasant, but the turnout was fantastic. 2013 I didn’t make the show due to attending another event, so when the date for the show changed in 2014, I booked a room and made plans to attend the 2014 Iron Invasion.
The show is big, and getting bigger every year, the Saturday night cruise I haven’t made yet but I hear it’s a blast, if your cooling system is up to it. For the previous 3 or so years the Ol Marais River Run show has been hit by rain, this year that was the forecast all week leading up to the show but Thursday that changed and as far as I know it didn’t rain during the day time at all.
I’ve been attending the Ol Marais River Run in Ottawa, KS for the last few years. This lil ol show in a small town has grown to one of the largest shows in the region. There were over 1600 cars at the event by about noon on Saturday.
I’ve been attending the Rev It Up! Hot Rod Hullabaloo show in Lawrence, KS off and on for years. The show has changed dates a few times and has seen it’s ups and downs weather wise. So I was a bit worried as I drove up to Lawrence for the 2014 edition of the show. What I found was more cars than I’d ever seen at the event before. Click here to see more photos from the show.
This week I call up my friends Eric from the Los Punk Rods about the upcoming Greaserama and Mickey Bryan of Stray Kat Kustoms about the Starliner.
From time to time when I cannot make it to a show I call on someone who could to bring you a look at the show. So I am in your shoes reading along wishing I was there too. So without further ado, I bring you the Symco Shakedown as seen by Carmen Lee
Lots of great cars showed up to the Halstead Old Settlers Day Show, I sure love me a Ford Cammer! Check out the fuel injected flathead at the end of the post!
When I attend a small town show that’s new to me, I take a chance. It could suck. It could rule. It could be filled with cars with their hoods open…
I can’t even tell you folks how many years I’ve planned on hitting the WFO Guys Show in Augusta, KS. Every year I find myself doing something else. That was dumb, this show is pretty damn kool!
Well folks I screwed up! This was supposed to go out this morning at 9am and here it is almost 9pm and I’m just putting it up!
The Kowtown Greaserama is a month away and you need to be there! Again it will be at the very kool Platte County Fairgounds in Tracy, MO just northwest of Kansas City, click here for the location page of their website. The weekend is as always Labor Day weekend. The party starts off Friday night with a pre-party at the Record Bar in KC and then moves to the Fairgrounds on Saturday at noon. Then again Sunday at noon.
Every once in a while plans change. This weekend was one where the plan changed. Originally we had planned to go to the KC area for a poker run, but with a low bank account and a few days left in the month to stretch that account, I had to find an option closer to home. So I sat down and came up with a new plan. When a friend told me about a small town show in the city of Nickerson, KS it fit perfectly with me needing to go to Hutchinson, KS to do a shop visit at Johnny Torres Upholstery and to stop and see the Fields family shop.
The small town of Nickerson is just a few miles north east of Hutchinson which is about an hour northeast of Wichita. It took me a little while to find the small simply titled “Car Show” sign on the side of the street. The sign showed me the way to small park the size of a city block. There were cars all around the outside edge of the park, plenty of room for more inside of that ring. There were a few hot rods, 1 custom and a bunch of nice classic cars including muscle cars, & some stockish cruisers.
See you at a show,
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The Automobilia Show has been going down for about 20 years now. Nearly everyone in the area has some story about the show. One of my favorites involves a full beer can still in a cooler full of water that was being poured into the radiator of a running engine. I’ll get that story on the podcast some day for you all. Personally I’ve shown up at the show twice at about the same time as a huge thunderstorm and had to cut my time at the event short. So, I much prefer the heat and crowd to the rain. Here’s more from the show.