Saturday, March 3, 2012

2012 Detroit Autorama

Made another trip to the big show, in these parts anyways. Every year I go it gets more interesting, as I get to meet more people that I've met only online previously. One of the highlights was meeting Randy Pelc after 10+ years of chit chatting online. Randy built Heavy Metal, Metalstorm and Showtime and others, we've seen all three of the vans mentioned at the Nationals in the past 5 years and they all still look great up to 30 years after they were built. Dave Jarvis had his 9 second drag van there in a great spot pretty much smack dab in the middle of the main floor. His 100" flat screen  had videos going all day of his feats on the track. The Pass Time episode with him on it will air March 28th at 7:00 pm.
John Jackson was also there all the way from Texas with the Boogie Van. This vintage Corvair is without a doubt the most traveled custom van there is these days. It's John's mobile photo studio and daily driver. Check out John's amazing photography here:
We took this shot in front of the Boogie Van for our mutual friend Coby who runs: CHURCH Magazine and owns Vango. We have Ken who was the captain of the Vango Retrieval team at the CofC in California, John, Jess (daughter of Gary owner of Alpine Express) and your's truly in our Vango and CHURCH shirts.  
There were a couple of other vans in the shows and an equal number of early van pickups as well. Coop was there as well in the panel jam and a good bunch of us went to Greektown together for supper on the Saturday night. 
Here's another shot of the Boogie Van. I promise to get better ones at Megaspeed as John will there as well.

Went back early Sunday and snapped a good bunch of shots before the crowds came including this one of the Webbs' collection. The car on the right the So-Cal Streamliner is on the cover of the next Rodder's Journal, the ultimate hot rod magazine that John also has a couple of shots in. 

Then I hightailed out of there to get to Windsor for 1:00 to hang out with Ivan. I'll post that story next time.

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