New hot rod show to debut in Wisconsin

Hundreds of 1964 and earlier hot rods and custom cars, along with vintage motorcycles, are set to attend the inaugural “Symco Shakedown” Friday and Saturday Aug 7-8 at the historic Symco Thresheree grounds in Symco, Wisconsin.

The show will feature “traditional” hot rods and custom cars typical of those that roamed the street of America during the post-war era from the late 1940’s through the 1960’s.

Along with the contingent of customized four wheelers, the Shakedown’s promoters have invited owners of period-correct American and British motorcycles to bring their two wheeled “hot rods” to the show. Expect to see many vintage Harleys, Triumphs, BSA’s and the like at the show.

Live rock-a-billy, surf and garage bands will provide entertainment throughout the two-day show. Camping along the scenic Little Wolf River will be available on the grounds. There will be a large automotive swap meet and mini-bike drag races will be held Saturday on the thresheree’s clay track.

Many vendors will be on hand selling everything from auto parts to vintage clothing.

The historic Symco venue is known nationwide as the home to the National Antique Tractor Pull, which is held every July during the Symco Thresheree. The showground itself features a treasure trove of Americana with over a dozen historic buildings with thousands of antique signs, gas pumps, stationary engines and the like. There is also an operating sawmill and a blacksmith shop on the grounds. Other attractions include a barbershop, print shop, firehouse, a jail, a bank and other early 20th century displays.

The Thresheree grounds are located in the town of Symco on Wisconsin State Hwy 22 midway between Clintonville and Waupaca.

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