Hundreds of customs are already roaming the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana, for this weekend’s 3rd Annual Custom Car Revival. It’s a celebration of traditional custom cars that gets rolling with a cruise tomorrow and culminates in Saturday’s show and shine at Edwards Drive-In, located at 2126 South Sherman Drive. The main event at Edwards is limited to 200 cars, and every spot has been filled. But if you’re a custom fan anywhere near Indy this weekend, this is a show you don’t want to miss.
Only a limited number of entries are allowed to make sure the show stays low-key, says Kevin Anderson, who co-founded the event with Bob Davis in 2013. Kevin and Bob are quick to point out that this isn’t a high-dollar, professionally organized show. Instead it’s a reunion of sorts, bringing together custom car enthusiasts from across the United States. This year you’ll see cars from 27 states and Canada, and spectator attendance is expected to be higher than ever. Coolest of all, the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer Association of Greater Indiana.
The Custom Car Revival started as a small, one-day event. In an effort to spread the word, Bob brought his stack of 1950s custom magazines to the local library and, with the help of a librarian and the digital white pages, started tracking down and contacting car owners to invite them–and their cars–to the show. Approximately 100 cars made the event that first year, and by the second event attendance jumped to more than 150 customs.
Edwards Drive-In, which is located in southeastern Indianapolis, was a natural choice for the Revival. “They welcomed us with open arms,” Kevin says about the ’50s-era diner. The neon signage, classic menu, and large parking lot sealed the deal for the three-day event.
This year, Kevin and Bob are leading a Friday-night cruise to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to check out the Dream Cars exhibit, which features concept cars from the ’30s until present day. Then bright and early Saturday everything from Westergard to Watson style customs will fill the lot.
Photographer Dan Greenberg, a past contributor to TRJ, is on the scene capturing the event as it unfolds. Here’s a look at some of our favorite traditional customs he caught at last year’s event.