KUSTOMS, DINERS & OLD STOCK CARS

John Gunnell |

I’m starting to like going to the “Shakedown” in Symco. No one looks down their nose at my “original paint” ’36 Pontiac in Unionville, the antique village Larry Werth built in Symco, Wis. They say things about how nice the car is and how quiet it runs. So, do you think it’s hard to understand why shows like the Shakedown is growing at the same time other shows aren’t?

When I stopped at John’s Custom Auto in Manawa after the show, John Diermeier told me that local folks really enjoyed the Shakedown this year. “They asked me where they could find other shows like it to go to.” he said. John said the joint was really rocking on Saturday night when they had a big crowd, terrific bands and some really great ’50s-style costumes.

The answer to the question is easy. This coming weekend Aug. 17-19, the Kustom Kemps of America (www.kustomkempsofamerica.com) have a lead sled show in Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point.

The following Saturday, August 25 is the Cheaterama at the Nite Owl Diner on Layton Ave. (near Mitchell Field) in Milwaukee. Us Up-Norther’s call it “Symco South.” You can find details in the H.A.M.B.

Aug. 31 thru Sept. 2 is the new Rumblefest (www.rumblefest.net) event in Amherst, which will have everything that Symco has, plus vintage stock car racing.

So, if people are looking for another Shakedown style show, Rumblefest is a great one to pencil in on the old calendar. Hope I see you there.

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