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There will be more indoor vendor spaces and a larger swap meet (thanks to the Bombers). There will (hopefully) be antique tractors hauling people around. There will be great pre and post show parties in Clinton (that’s Friday AND Saturday nights, folks!!). Since this is our big 10th anniversary, we went all out with the bands, too! We even got one of the bands who played the very first Hunnert Car Pileup to come back (The Gravetones)!

Junior Brown
3 Bad Jacks
The Reckless Ones
Art Adams
Hot Rod Hucksters
Th’Empires
The Gravetones
MG & the Gas City 3

It will be a killer show worthy of the 10 year anniversary…

It will also be the last Hunnert Car Pileup.

This was a very hard decision to reach. The Chrome Czars have devoted 10 years of their lives to this show, and we have an emotional attachment to it. We debated (and argued) about what to do, but finally decided that ending the show was best. It was time.

There are a variety of reasons behind the decision, and we struggled with it, but we feel the show is going in the wrong direction. It’s becoming more about the spectators and it’s getting harder to keep out cars that are not truly traditional. Fun for all, sure, but no longer the original intent of the show. The show’s “vibe” has been dimming and drifting as a result. We’d rather kill it while we still respect it, than let it go down in a smoldering wreck. 10 years is enough, and there are several other traditional car shows now that can carry the torch.

Furthermore, as the show grew, it became harder for us to manage it, even with the help of the Great Red Shirt Army. The strain on our day jobs and families started to turn the show from a Labor of Love to just Labor. We are not professional promoters.

A long time ago, we decided that we would rather stop doing the show, than to see it lose “the vibe” that made it so special. So, we would rather end it now while that vibe is still flowing through the show, and maintain its integrity.

For now, we are going to concentrate our energies on the Hunnert Car Heads Up vintage drag race event. There have been many shows that started because they were inspired by the Pileup, just like the Pileup was inspired by the Lonestar Roundup and the original Billetproof. The traditional hot rod flame is burning brightly in these shows. Go to the Blacktop Barons’ Road Block. Go to Vintage Torque Fest. Go to the Symco Shakedown. Go to the Rust Revival. Go to the Heads Up and Meltdown Drag Races. These are just a few of the shows in the Midwest.

We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers in the Red Shirt Army who have donated countless hours over the years to making this show happen. They are the heart of the show. Thanks to the hot rodders who drove their cars from all over the USA and came to the show in the cold, rain, heat, and even snow. Thanks to all the spectators who were so inspired by what they saw that they returned the next year with a car they could drive through the gate. Thanks to the rat rods and street rods who challenged our interpretation of “traditional” every year and kept us on our toes. Thanks to the towns of Sycamore, Morris, Decatur and Clinton for welcoming all the crazy hot rodders over the years, and thanks to those rodders for keeping it peaceful and clean. And a special thanks to our families and friends for helping make this show happen, especially Catherine (DW) and Diane, who go that extra mile in planning the event.

We wanted to make this announcement in advance for all of you who keep saying “I’ll get the car done later. There’s always next year.” Not this time, friend. GET WRENCHING!!

Celebrate 10 years of the Hunnert Car Pileup on Oct 8, 2011. It will be an event that you’ll be telling your grand kids about!

Don’t miss it!!

 
 
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Despite his genius and popularity, Dutch never made any money from striping. Money was something he detested. In this quote from a 1965 article Dutch explains his thoughts on money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I make a point of staying right at the edge of poverty. I don’t have a pair of pants without a hole in them, and the only pair of boots I have are on my feet. I don’t mess around with unnecessary stuff, so I don’t need much money. I believe it’s meant to be that way. There’s a ‘struggle’ you have to go through, and if you make a lot of money it doesn’t make the ‘struggle’ go away. It just makes it more complicated. If you keep poor, the struggle is simple.” – Von Dutch

Every so often he would double his rate just to weed out the undesirables. So many were demanding his services that he just couldn’t stand it anymore.   It didn’t work! No matter what he charged, they just kept on coming! He hated the commercial aspects of what he did. He believed that you couldn’t focus on doing good work if you worried about the money, and ‘good work’ was everything to Dutch!

Von Dutch was a multitalented artist. In addition to pinstriping, ha was also a gunsmith, kustom painter, knife maker, sign painter, inventor, customizer, and a fine artist. Von Dutch also did a lot of special effects for movies, and was a consultant for period movies because he was a gun expert. The man was a genius, and could make something out of anything. He was mostly interested in motorcycles, but did also customize some cars. One of the cars he restyled was based on a Cord and a Cadillac, so he named it the “Cordillac”. Another automotive creation by Von Dutch was his truck the “Kenford”.

Von Dutch was known as an eccentric artist. In an interview with Hot Rod Magazine March 1977 he tells about a guy visiting his shop bugging him to stripe his car. He really got him mad, so he decided to give him a little surprise, as he put cobwebs and spiders all over his car. Another customer who was foolish enough to pressure Von Dutch into a quick job he didn’t want to do got a striping job that wouldn’t dry, as Von Dutch had mixed a lot of oil into the paint. In Hot Rod Magazine April 1989 Pat Ganahl also tells stories about a fire truck Von Dutch was hired to do traditional pinstripng on for a station in Arizona. Once completed Von Dutch had flamed the truck instead. When racers brought him grille inserts from Model A’s or 32s, half the time he would stripe them upside down. Pat had also heard a story about a customer that got a car striped. When the customer got back to the shop Von Dutch had pinstriped one side of the car differently than the other. When brought the car back to Von Dutch, Von Dutch would tell him: “Who can see both sides of your car at the same time? Why should they be the same? This way, you get two different designs on your car to enjoy for the price of one”.Also if somebody tried to dicker on price, Von Dutch would raise the figure instead of lowering it.

Von Dutch got a little too moody and eccentric for Barris Kustoms, so he moved his operation uptown to “The Crazy Arab’s” Competition Body Shop at 7201 West Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1955.  After Von Dutch moved, George Barris asked Dean Jeffries, aka “The Kid” if he would sublease a shop space in the Barris Kustoms Lynwood shop. Dean Jeffries used to hang around Von Dutch in the beginning of his career. In the book Dean Jeffries 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film Dean admits that it was Von Dutch that learned him to pinstripe. As Dean spent a lot of time around Von Dutch, the duo became known as Von Dutch and “The Kid”. Before Dean “Jeff” Jeffries rented space at the Barris Kustoms shop he was working out of George Cerny’s Custom Shop.

In 1955 Von Dutch made a personal appearance at the 1955 Motorama where he striped a 1927 Studebaker for 10 days, he achieved national fame in Car Craft February 1956.

According to his sister Virginia Howard Reyes most of the stories being told about Von Dutch are just stories. Some are somewhat true, but almost all of the stories on him are all different because he never gave a straight answer, and liked to play with you. When he told you something, you believed it, and he got a kick out of it. According to Virginia he never lied, he hated liars, and was very honest. He wasn’t eccentric as a young boy, but since he was quite different from the norm, his family always knew he had something special in him.

After a controller from the building inspector’s office started bugging Von Dutch for having antiquated machinery in his shop, he decided to move into a 1954 public transportation bus, since there is nothing in the vehicle code  that says anything about how old the machinery can be.

One of the things Von Dutch enjoyed doing most was building and working on machinery. Building an engine from scratch, see it grow, have it make heat, and power, would beat Frankenstein’s monster to Von Dutch.

Born in 1929 as Kenneth Howard, Von Dutch was the man who brought pin-striping as a high art from motorcycles to automobile bodies. He took his nickname from his stubbornness. “Stubborn as a Dutchman” is a by now quaint ethnic slur. But beyond stubborn, Von Dutch became insufferable. He was the quintessential cliché romantic artist, selfish inside his own vision, alienating family, friends and customers alike. Part romantic, part beatnik, part general pain in the ass, he was a racist and prima donna, he managed to irritate almost everyone who admired him—and in the best esthetic mode, somehow made them admire him more in the process.

He died in 1992, leaving two daughters. At the end, he was drinking heavily, holed up in an old Long Beach city bus. For years he lived at the museum called Movie World, Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame in Buena Park, California. He had become paranoid and he spent time elaborately engraving and painting knives and guns as well as cars.

 Michael Cassel, a maker of surf clothing, established a company called Von Dutch Originals in 2000 and opened the store on Melrose Avenue a year later. He brought in a man named Tony Sorensen who in turn hired designer Christian Audigier. Audigier worked for Diesel and Fiorucci. Casel’s notion was to tap the hot rod set; but Sorensen and Audigier aimed at wider, fashion audience.

From what he have heard through the grapevine the clothing line was started by his daughters  in 1996 with Michael Cassel with the rights being sold in 2000 and  Tony tossing Cassel out around 2001. The  family business the “family”  honestly,made NO money compared to what that company made and is still making.

No discussion of Von Dutch would be complete without touching on the subject of his famous Flying Eyeball logo. According to Von Dutch, the flying eyeball originated with the Macedonian and Egyptian cultures about 5000 years ago. It was a symbol meaning “the eye in the sky knows all and sees all”, or something like that. Dutch got a hold of this symbol and modified it into the flyin’eyeball we know of today. He always believed in reincarnation, and the eyeball, somehow, was tied to that.There have been numerous “incarnations” of this design over the years. It still remains an icon of the ’50s and ’60s street rod crowd.


                                                                  STUDEBAKER HISTORY

On this day in 1933, American automaker Studebaker, then heavily in debt, goes into receivership.  The company’s president, Albert Erskine, resigned and later that year committed suicide. Studebaker eventually rebounded from its financial troubles, only to close its doors for the final time in 1966.

The origins of the Studebaker Corporation date back to 1852, when brothers Henry and Clement Studebaker opened a blacksmith shop in South Bend, Indiana. Studebaker eventually became a leading manufacturer of horse-drawn wagons and supplied wagons to the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Around the turn of the century, the company entered America’s burgeoning auto industry, launching an electric car in 1902 and a gas-powered vehicle two years later that was marketed under the name Studebaker-Garford. After partnering with other automakers, Studebaker began selling gas-powered cars under its own name in 1913, while continuing to make wagons until 1920.

Albert Erskine (1871–1933) assumed the top job at Studebaker in 1915. Under his leadership, the company acquired luxury automaker Pierce-Arrow in the late 1920s and launched the affordably priced but short-lived Erskine and Rockne lines (the latter named for the famous University of Notre Dame football coach: Before his death in a plane crash in 1931, Studebaker paid Rockne to give talks at auto conventions and dealership events). During the early 1930s, Studebaker was hit hard by the Great Depression and in March 1933 it was forced into bankruptcy. (In April 2009, Chrysler became the first major American automaker since Studebaker to declare bankruptcy.) Erskine, who was saddled with personal debt and health problems, killed himself on July 1, 1933.

New management got the company back on track, dropping the Rockne brand in July 1933 and selling Pierce-Arrow, among other consolidation moves. In January 1935, the new Studebaker Corporation was incorporated. In the late 1930s, the French-born industrial designer Raymond Loewy began working for Studebaker: There, he created iconic and popular models including the bullet-nosed 1953 Starliner and Starlight coupes and the 1963 Avanti sports coupe.

By the mid-1950s, Studebaker, which didn’t have the resources of its Big Three competitors, had merged with automaker Packard and was again facing financial troubles. By the late 1950s, the Packard brand was dropped. In December 1963, Studebaker shuttered its South Bend plant, ending the production of its cars and trucks in America. The company’s Hamilton, Ontario, facilities remained in operation until March 1966, when Studebaker shut its doors for the final time after 114 years in business.


     I have found a different project I want to tackle. So I have for sale my 1966 T-Bird Town Hardtop. All original 90K mile car. This car is an excellent candidate for restoration or many parts. This is a complete never touched or molested 390 factory car. The interior is very nice it will need new door skins, carpet and head liner.Also The frame is very solid and you can see the red oxide primer from the factory under the car and in the engine bay. The front and rear frame rails are solid. The rear torque boxes are solid. The trunk has the most rust.  The car has all of the trim. The front and rear bumpers are in good condition. The car is sold as is and has a clear clean title. I have placed a battery in the car the other day and the brake lights came on the interior lights etc. The car has full power windows and power vent windows. All glass is good and the doors shut and close tight. The car has never been wrecked and is a straight car. I am asking $850.00 firm.

Car is located in Wentzville, MO 63385 – Will help load car up..

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April 23, 2011

Click here to view registered cars for VLV 14.

The Viva Las Vegas Car Show is the best car show of its type anywhere. Cars are strictly pre-63 and must be in a style from that era. Please check out the photos on the Car Show page. If you have a question about the car you would like to enter before you buy your tickets, please email axle@vlvcarshow.com.

The VLV Car Show over 700 cars were in the show with about 18,000 attending to view the car show. If you wish to put your car in the car show, you can register it after you buy tickets for VLV.

The Car Show will be held at The Orleans Hotel. We are using a massive fenced in parking lot next to The Orleans Arena.

*Photos MUST be submitted for all cars for approval, otherwise your car will not be admitted.

The Car show area is open to those with 4 day wristbands as follows:

  • Thursday 10am – 10pm
  • Friday 10am – 10pm
  • Registered cars may enter and leave the parking lot during the times posted above
  • See information below regarding cars entering and leaving on Saturday
  • Gates open for cars to leave at 8am Sunday
  • The gates will be locked at 10pm each night. No unauthorized persons may stay in the Car Show area after 10pm. Security will be posted in the area when the gates are locked and throughout the night.

And for everyone on the Saturday:

  • CARS 6am – 9am entry – no cars will be allowed to enter the area after 9am
  • Cars can be moved after 8pm. Cars cannot leave the area or be moved between the hours of 9am and 8pm.
  • PEDESTRIANS 9am – 7pm $25 in advance, $30 on the day. This includes all car show entertainment including the headliner show.

Car Show Pricing:

  • 4 Day wristband and car show registration: $95 (if bought before April 8th 2011). Includes admission to all 4-days VLV events inside the hotel, registration of one car, admission to the Car Show on Saturday, and access to the Car Show area Thursday through Sunday.
  • Car Show Pedestrian Admission (Saturday Only) – $25 in advance, $30 on the day. Kids up to 15 free. This ticket will allow anyone without a 4-day VLV wristband to visit the Car Show area on Saturday only. This includes all entertainment in the Car Show area.
     
     

WHAT CARS ARE ALLOWED

  • Built 1963 and earlier
  • Stock Classics
  • Painted cars
  • Finished Cars
  • Un-Finished Cars
  • Primered Cars
  • Work In Progress
  • Bare metal
  • Hot Rods
  • Customs
  • Show Cars
  • Nostalgic Race Cars
  • Fibreglass (Meeting above criteria)
  • Rat Rods (Meeting above criteria)
  • Motorcycles (Pre-63, period correct.)

WHAT CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED

  • Fad T’s
  • Billet
  • High Tech Street Rods
  • Muscle cars
  • VW’s
  • Post-63 Low Riders
  • Japanese Cars
  • Fenderless cars w/ Steam Roller Tires
  • Tubbed
  • Off road and/or 4 wheel drive.
  • Diesel engined
*Post 1934 Fenderless cars – please email a photo for approval.If in any doubt please email us a photo to tom@vivalasvegas.net

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Ice chests inside cars only
  • Bring children
  • Bring cameras
  • Use video cameras
  • Bring parasols
  • Play music in cars
  • Bring strollers
  • Bring food
  • Dancing
  • Car Club signs
  • Folding chairs
  • Canopies
  • Blankets to sit on
  • Backpacks & bags (subject to search)

WHAT YOU CANNOT DO

  • No dogs
  • No ice chests can be carried in
  • No BBQ’s
  • No fires
  • No selling from cars
  • No burnouts
  • No glass bottles
  • No cruising in parking lots
  • No bicycles
  • No gang colors (including motorcycle)
  • No weapons
  • No fighting

The worlds greasiest car show gets a new location in 2010. Decatur,
Illinois will never be the same. See the history making first year at the
new location as well as the Friday night pre party. Typically when a
show outgrows locations, there is a bit of drama with the new venue.
Not this year! The Chrome Czars, the host car club based in Chicago,
did an amazing job of making the transition to Decatur. Cars that had
never been seen at the Pile Up were out in force to embrace the new
site. About 1,000 cars made the trek from coast to coast. Check out
the new tradition being started at the 9th Annual Hunnert Car Pile Up.

Music By:The Honeybees, The Dyes, .357 Sting Band, The
Cavestompers!, The Krank Daddies, The Insanitizers, and more!

Bonus: Slide show with Photography courtesy Dennis
Mothershed/Victory Performance Parts

www.vintagetorque.com


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