It was an awesome showing at this years Shelburne Street Festival for all motor-heads, grease monkeys, car and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Saturday June 17th saw hundreds of classic, tuner cars and bikes shined up, polished up, buffed up and looking their best!
Whether you are a car enthusiast or not there were plenty of model A’s, to the big finned convertible cruisers of the 50’s, to radical rat rods that event goers were able to enjoy.
This show has grown to a highly anticipated annual event with beautiful examples of our glorious automotive history with restored domestic and import vehicles. No matter what your dream ride is, with well over 200 registered show vehicles, you’re were sure to see a few just as you remember them.
I remember the first car I drove was my parents 1969 Beaumont, that was given to them by my Grandmother who was the original owner. That’s when seat belts were non-existent and the gas tank was located at the back of the car behind the licence plate. Ah, the memories.
In the distance, the throaty rumble of a Oldmobile Cutlass 442 can be heard as car owners and gawkers alike admired the gathering of rad rides on the perfect spring day in Shelburne’s downtown core, signalling another entrant’s arrival at the car show.
My new favorite kind of vehicles at car shows are rat rods. This style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, exaggerates the early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. With most rat rods appearing “unfinished”, regardless of their status.
Originally, rat rods were a counter reaction to the high priced custom and typical hot rods, many of which were seldom driven. The rat rod’s inception signified a throwback to the hot rods of the earlier days of hot rod culture built according to the owner’s abilities and with the intention of being driven. Rat rods are meant to loosely imitate, the traditional hot rods of the era citing biker, greaser, rockabilly, psychobilly, and punk sub-cultures as influences that shaped rat rodding.
In general, the sentiment among critics is overwhelmingly dismissive and some times overtly negative regarding the rat rod trend. However, despite such attitudes in many areas of hot rodding, over the last ten to twelve years rat rods have become more and more accepted at car shows and in the custom car culture in general, with many car shows either including sections for rat rods, or beginning events directly devoted to them and aimed at wider audiences than ever before.
Congratulations to this years Street Festival Committee and Oatman’s for once again putting on a fantastic event taking me down memory lane.
Written by Michelle Janzen