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#1 Daniel Peterson

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:58 AM

For 6 of the past 7 years, our club has been a featured exhibit at the York Expo Center and it never ceases to amaze me how much attention we get from the participants and spectators. In a crowd like this, model cars have a unique appeal because pretty much everyone in the hall either built or builds models.

We cobbled up a quick and dirty faux staging lane diroama which actually looked pretty good when it was all said and done. We have plans to (hopefully) build a more permanent display with a replica of the US30 Cragar timing tower for next year.

The young kid is Lewis Hicks, a junior member of the club who builds pretty much any kit you put in front of him; vintage pro stock, muscle car, top fuel, hot rods, show rods...we can't wait to see what he brings to the next meeting! The old kid in the back is our club prez, Mr Mike Cole. He appears to be deep in thought, perhaps contemplating the purchase of yet another turkey sandwich from the concession stand outside the hall...

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The hall had about 200 cars in it, all of them uber cool. One of the featured events is a cackle fest, when select open-header cars fire up and rattle the rafters. If you haven't experienced it, you never will again, as the zoomies on a vintage rear engine rail managed to spew enough heat and fumes to set off the fire alarm, resulting of course in a bunch of fire apparatus responding to the hall several minutes later.

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And the big (little?) winner as selected by the show organizers, was Jim Stempfl's (I think I killed the spelling) SWC Willys.

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Notice how well this big version captures the look of the model! Amazing!

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And for scads more photos, clickify HERE.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 07:02 AM

Thanks for the pics Dan, cool stuff there man!!!! :lol:

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:17 AM

Thanks for the pics Dan, cool stuff there man!!!! :lol:


I'm still suffering a racing gas hangover and an open header ear ache from when the cars motored out of the hall...best pain I ever enjoyed. It was almost better than se...uh, sliced bread. Yea, that's it...sliced bread.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:06 AM

Dan , thanks for the pictures! Uh, who built the really neat 57 Ranchero could you get him to share som more with us? Ed Shaver

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:48 AM

Matt was there? DANG IT!!! :lol:

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 02:50 PM

Matt was there? DANG IT!!! :unsure:


Hey, those of us who were there felt that way too! :P

As an aside, I (actually, the club) got a nice e-mail from Darwin Doll, the organizer of the show, and we are going to be a part of this event as long as he is able to keep doing them! If he keeps doing these long enough, a certain Thunderbolt model might even get completed! (There, I beat you to it!)