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Symco Shakedown and the Relix Riot

New friend to KruzinUSA and man - or should I say Merc about town has been to two awesome shows and generously sent me his coverage.  On consecutive Saturdays Don, you know Too Tall, drove his Merc to the Symco Shakedown in Symco, Wisconsin then the following weekend to the Relix Riot that was held at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.  Both shows were Traditional Style Hot Rod shows, with strict rules of entry.  The organizers insisted on period correct everything, no exceptions.  Adherence to those rules sure made for some unique and almost other worldly events.  Especially since both events were held at one of a kind locations.  Symco Shakedown is really held in the handmade town of "Unionville".  Some lucky dude just decided he wanted to create his own old time town and did just that, the IGA shown below is part of it.  He's got the IGA along with several saloons, a train crossing and tons of other super cool stuff.  He literally just built his own town and then opened it up to this show.  How cool is that.  Gilmore Car Museum kinda speaks for itself, kinda.  They too have amazing vintage transplants, the Shell gas station for one and even an original diner, serving pie I might add.  Both locations serve as perfect backdrops for these Traditional Style shows.  Add in pin up girl contests, the spectators and car owners embracing the period correctness and you've got yourself  two way out, super cool, shows.  I WILL be attending next year, who knows maybe in period correct attire

Cast an eyeball at some of the rides that fit the bill at the two shows.  Talking about period correct check out that "steering wheel" on the '32 in the bottom row, I guess a bumper car steering wheel would be considered a period correct add -on. 

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There are many more shots from these two amazing shows in the "Most Recent Show" gallery.  Check them out and join me in giving Too Tall a silent thanks for his awesome contribution.

Speaking of Too Tall, he is really making up for lost time in that Merc.  He did slow down just long enough to be interviewed by a local paper.  You can read more about Don and his Merc. at  Custom '49 Merc Rises From Ashes

Although it is past Labor Day (how did that happen?) there's still tons of action yet to come.  I've got Jalopy Fest on my calendar.  Stay tuned.  

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!