Last weekend the 2nd Annual Rodder’s Journal Revival roared into Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Based on feedback from those who attended, and by the number of people already planning to return to next year’s Revival, we’re proud to say the event was a success. We’ve always said that a car show is only as good as the cars in it—and the people who attend—and we want to thank each and every one of you who were able to join us. Over the last few days extensive coverage has appeared on the HAMB, social media sites and even in Baltimore’s City Paper. But we wanted to share a few images from the show here.
The number of registered cars nearly doubled this year to 700-plus, and it seemed like everywhere you looked there was something new and interesting to see. We were graced with blue skies and temperatures in the 70s all weekend as hundreds of hot rods, custom cars, and vintage racecars gathered from 34 states and Canada. There were spectators who traveled from as far away as England and Norway specifically to be a part of the show. We were humbled by the effort you all made to attend, and your support of The Rodder’s Journal and The Revival is sincerely appreciated.
Our Thursday night kick-off party in Baltimore City proved to be the perfect way to get the weekend started. By 5 p.m. the historic waterfront neighborhood of Fells Point was rumbling with the sound of open exhaust as the Broadway Pier and Fells Point Square filled up with hot rods and customs. Spectators and locals were treated to a sneak peek of what was coming to Pimlico that weekend as the roots-rock trio Mixed Business provided the soundtrack. There was just something really special about seeing a sea of finely crafted hot rods and custom cars against the backdrop of Baltimore’s neon-dotted harbor and cobblestone streets.
On Friday over 200 cars joined us for a 100-mile round-trip cruise to the quaint town of Havre de Grace, situated on the Susquehanna River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay. When planning The Revival, one of our goals was to provide plenty of opportunities to put some miles on our old cars, so it was great seeing everything from Kevin Svarda’s recently restored Elverne Pfeiffer Gasser ’41 Willys to Mike Young’s custom ’60 Chevy “Exotica” cruising the back roads. Once we got into Havre de Grace, everyone enjoyed lunch on the water and checked out the cars under the iron railroad bridge and parked along the waterfront in the picturesque town.
The sun continued to shine Saturday and Sunday at Pimlico Race Course as the infield swelled with cars from across North America. The East Coast was well represented with cars like Tommy Gallitano’s New Jersey-based Boss 302-powered Deuce five-window, George Poteet’s heavily chopped, track-nosed ’34 Ford three-window built by New York’s Rolling Bones, and Chuck Straub’s nose-down ’40 Ford coupe from North Carolina. Maryland-native Frank Morawski caused a stir when he rolled in behind the wheel of the Curley Tremaine ’50 Merc, which he’s owned for decades.
From Alabama, Greg and Jennifer Hopkins brought their recently resurrected ’31 Ford Model A roadster, which was built in the ’50s and is featured in the upcoming TRJ #61. Jack Swander drove his wicked, chopped ’32 Ford coupe from Kansas. We saw several West Coast entries, including John Gunsaulis’ ’32 Ford tub and Modified roadster pickup, the “Woodward Roadster,” from Washington State. These are just a few of the hundreds of cars that were there, and all weekend long you simply couldn’t turn your head without seeing some amazing vintage iron.
We’ll have more coverage of the show in the weeks to come, including a full feature email on the cars that took home our custom Revival awards at the end of the day on Sunday. And we’ll also have a full feature on the event in TRJ #62 penned by noted hot rod journalist and Rodder’s Digest founder, Gerry Burger, who drove his ’40 Ford pickup from Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
If you weren’t able to join us at this year’s Revival, mark your calendar for next year because we’ll be back at Pimlico the weekend of September 27, 2014. We are already planning another long weekend of cool cars and great friends. Thanks, and we’ll see you at the 3rd Annual Rodder’s Journal Revival.
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