Jalopy Fest ‘not your ordinary car show’
BY JEANNE MILLSAP Correspondent August 30, 2013 3:22PM
Classic cars and a flame-throwing display will be part of the fourth annual Jalopy Fest on Sept. 7 and 8 in Morris. | Supplied photo
What: An all-American traditional hot rod and custom car show. All profits are donated to the fight against juvenile diabetes.
Event includes: Cars, trucks and motorcycles for show; rockabilly music and other live bands; car flame-throwing contest; pin-up girl contest; Little Miss Jalopy and Little Mr. Ledfoot contests; swap meet; bonfire and bands after hours.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7, plus party and bonfire after hours; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8.
Where: Grundy County Speedway, 8890 N. Route 47, inside the Grundy County Fairgrounds in Morris.
Cost: To show cars, $20. Spectators, $5/day. Kids are free.
Information: Visit www.jalopy-fest.com, call (815) 941-2575 or email email@example.com.
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:22AM
The fourth annual Jalopy Fest is scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds, and 400 to 500 hot rods and custom cars are expected to be on display.
During daylight hours, the fest will feature not only the cars but also a swap meet designed for hot rod-lovers and those with a passion for the 1950s.
The pin-up girl contest will be on Sept. 7, and Sunday will see Little Miss Jalopy and Little Mr. Ledfoot named — the girl and boy who best embody the spirit of the era. There will even be a barber who will give ’50s haircuts.
Bands that play rockabilly and other music that are scheduled to perform include Lil Red and the Howling Wolves, Iron Horse, Mercat Mobsters, and the Crank Daddies.
After dark Sept. 7, the party will continue with what organizers call the biggest bonfire in the county, and the Voodoo Kings Car Club members will return with their flame-throwing cars.
One of the founders and organizers of Jalopy Fest, Bernie Myers, said another big hit of the fest is always the chopped-top limbo contest, where cars drive under the limbo pole. Those with custom lowered roofs are always easy winners.
“It’s not your ordinary car show,” Myers said. “A lot of people dress up from the ’50s. You meet a lot of interesting people.”
Myers has been into cars since high school and is working on restoring a ’34 Ford pickup and a ’32 Ford sedan. His wife Marcia has a ’67 Mustang convertible and a ’53 Ford pickup.
He said he enjoys helping organize the event and looks forward to it each year. It’s a great time, he said, for the whole family.
“There’s something going on all day,” he said.
Vehicles allowed are 1972 and older custom, and 1964 and older hot rods, motorcycles and trucks built “in the spirit of the traditional era of hot rods and customs.” They do not allow billet, exposed IFS, exposed fuel injection or nontraditional mag wheels.
For more information about Jalopy Fest, visit www.jalopy-fest.com, call (815) 941-2575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.