The 1st Hot Rod JalopyRama

WOW, What a Show ...the after show report

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What a show!  Once you stepped onto the wooden floor of the Glen Burnie National Guard Armory you were immediately taken back 40 years to the way hot rod shows used to be!  As advertised the Hot Rod Girl Roadster and the Happy Days Roadster Pick-up were in their glory.  They shared the spotlight with a genuine belly-tank speedster, the Super Bell Coupe and many other now famous JalopyRama Show Cars.  With the smell of pit beef being cooked outside over the open fire and many spectators pulling their rods onto the parking lot, the show got off to a great start at 11 a.m.  The beautiful 60 degree day added to the perfect setting for the show.  Over 75 rods joined the show's outside specialty parking area while the music provide by DJ Tim McNeal filled the armory and outside parking area.  Everyone was given a sponsor booklet as they entered and then took a look at the super items on the silent auction table.  Displayed next to the auction table were ten of the most beautiful custom painted bowling pins you'd ever seen.  These were the awards that would be handed out at the end of the show.  As the day past by a steady stream of people came into the Armory passing those who had seen the display. The compliments were flyin' from their lips.  One that I think sums it up was," I've always cruised right on through these indoor shows wherever they were held within an hour.  I can't believe I just spent 3 1/2 hours looking at 30 cars and talking to folks I haven't seen in years". 
This show was more than just the cars, it was about the people who built these types of cars years ago and who are still builing them today.  I couldn't charge people for the memories they recounted but if I could the Providence Center wouldn't have needed any more fund raising activities for a long time!
The show did what I wanted it to do.  It ignited the memories of the way hot rod shows were like in the 50s & 60s.  I hit my mark.  The H.A.M.B. was inundated with messages by late Saturday night about the JalopyRama and by Sunday morning tons of photographs started to appear on the internet accompanying floods of wonderful comments telling everyone this was the show to attend on November 6th.  And if they didn't they really missed the best indoor car show they'd been to in many a year.
So stay tuned, I'll be getting the video and photographs out on this site as soon as I can and Thanks for supporting the 1st JalopyRama and the Providence Center of Anne Arundel County.
We still have a few show posters and commemorative aluminum key rings available at $5 each plus shipping.  Email to receive instructions to get yours while they last.