For many years the community park in Macungie, PA has been the home of some of the larger classic car events in the Mid-Atlantic. One of our favorites is the Wheels of Time Street Rod show. This event brings in hundreds and hundreds of classic cars. Don't let the term "Street Rod Show" scare you off, this show isn't all fiberglass, wild paintjobs, and billet wheels (though there is plenty!), there are classics for everyone at the show. The show is full of every type of classic car from the perfect restorations, time capsule barn finds, to traditional hot rods and customs, to a sprinkling of muscle cars.. it's all here! The show goes through Sunday the 25th and is packed with activities for the entire family! Make sure you stop and see the famous Butch Patrick AKA: Eddie Munster and the Munster Coach and Drag-u-la at the show! Check out some of our favorite sights from the show when we visited below!
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As mentioned in our last post about Crosleys Being Featured at Das Awkscht Fescht 2012, we stopped by the show to get some footage of what the event is all about. Das Awkscht Fescht has a great laid-back vibe and Macungie, PA has the small-town-USA atmosphere that we love, so it's become one of our favorite shows of the year. Swap meet vendors and enthusiasts start showing up as early as Wednesday or Thursday and by Friday the fields are starting to fill up. Show goers quickly find their favorite shady spot to sit and talk cars for the day. We're always excited to see what sort of rare collectible vehicles show up each year. This year was no different, especially with the Crosley club coming together to put on a great display. Check out some of our pics and the video above to see what you're missing if you aren't hitting this show!
We are lucky in Eastwood country to be located in a great location for the collector car culture. We have Carlisle about an hour from us where you can see some of the largest car and truck shows in the country, Maple Grove Raceway where we can see some of the largest drag racing events in the country, and a little town called Macungie, PA which houses a few of the largest classic car shows on this side of the country. Probably the largest is the "Das Awkscht Fescht", which occurs in the beginning of every August. This show has been one of our favorites here at Eastwood, and we decided to hit the 49th edition of the show and share what all the excitement is about.
Each year the show organizers choose a classic, antique, or special interest vehicle to highlight at the show and give them center stage. Enthusiasts flock to show their vehicles and memorabilia, giving spectators a lot to see and learn about the chosen vehicle. This year the focus was on the U.S. manufacturer of one of the most delightful little microcars ever; Crosley. I've read a little about Crosley, but I wasn't aware there was such a following of these neat microcars!
Crosley was originally formed by the owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team Powel Crosley, Jr. and his brother Lewis. The duo set out to make a subcompact car with a fuel efficient drivetrain, and they had much success during World War II when fuel rationing was crippling sales of larger automobiles. The Crosley models ran 2-cylinder aircooled engines originally and later were the first to mass produce a Single Overhead Cam engine (SOHC).
Speaking of firsts, Crosley was the first in the US to equip its vehicles with certain features like 4-wheel disc brakes! They also built the first American sports car- the Hot Shot. They even went on to coin the term "Sport Utility". Years later their sales dwindled and they shut down after a failed merger with Nash. Their spirit still lives on with Crosley enthusiasts and their racing heritage is firmly planted after the Hot Shot and Crosley powered race cars dominated the race circuits in the '50's.
Thanks to the enthusiasts that brought out some of the most rare Crosley vehicles and literature in the world and helped educate the classic car community! Below is a slideshow of some of our favorites from the event.[thethe-image-slider name="Crosleys"] Click Here To Read Full Post...
There was a time when car and coach building was more of an artform. Auto manufacturers weren't worried as much about shaping a car to get the best gas mileage, or to fit the most amount of gimmicky junk in it as they could. These were the days when cars had a lot of chrome, brass, gold, and flowing bodywork. You can study a car from the 30's through the 50's for hours if you take the time to think about how much work went into building these cars in an era before computerized, robotic thinga-majiggies built 90% of a vehicle.
One of my favorite things to observe at shows are the hood emblems from those cars. Each one in itself, is artwork. Many stood as a symbol for the "theme" of the model, or even the car manufacturer. Some of these emblems are still used today in a less elegant form (the Dodge Ram for instance).
Here are a few of my favorites from a recent show I went to. Even after hitting so many car events over the years, I still find new hood emblems I've never seen before! What are some of your favorites?Click Here To Read Full Post...
Each year there are a number of large vintage car and truck shows held in the sleepy little town of Macungie, PA. One of the largest and most anticipated is the Das Awkscht Fescht. People come from all over the U.S. to check out this amazing gathering of Antique and Classic Cars.
This year I decided to attend and snap some pictures to share with anyone that couldn't make it. Even though rain was in the forecast all weeked, there were some pretty nice periods of sunshine, and the event was an overall success. We can't wait for the next event in Macungie, and hope to see you there!