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The 2015 PVGP Walnut Street Invitational

This quite possibly might be my favorite event of the week. I should note that that sentiment has nothing to do with the fact that as I age, I get less enthusiastic about walking great distances to see things. Writing that just made me tired. I like to think I enjoy this event because the show has everything from great shopping, food, people, atmosphere, and oh yes…marvelous cars. The setting is well suited to the wide array of automotive history on display that is curated by one of the finest automotive junkies I know. He never disappoints and always makes sure there are cars that will appeal to a broad range of people. If you can’t find a car at this show that speaks to you, then I would suspect that you have no interest in cars.

Alfa Romeo Spider
Alfa Romeo Spider

This year was as brilliant as ever with vintage powerhouses and modern sports cars to racecars and hot rods on display. Even American and British classic were on hand to dazzle and delight with their shiny bits and pieces. Though it rained, which it has done quite a lot this year, the crowds were still strong as was the turnout of cars. I’ll let the photos do the talking with this one as they easily show the breadth of the significant cars on display. It was a fantastic show that was very well attended and boasted a great display of Italy’s finest.

On the corner with a Lamborghini Countach
On the corner with a Lamborghini Countach
A lovely Moto Guzzi
A lovely Moto Guzzi

I think if I had to be pinned down to pick a car from this display it would have been the MG Midget “Rat Rod” but then that likely has more to do with my mood at the moment than anything else, but that was a very cool car. I have a very long and eclectic list of cars that interest me so my answer to that question changes frequently. In reality, if my life depended on it, I probably couldn’t come up with a top favorite car. I could give you my top 5, though…or 10.

"Rat Rod" MG Midget
“Rat Rod” MG Midget

At any rate, it was a superb evening. Eyetique had a party going well into the evening and most hung around to the bitter end. For a full gallery of the event just follow this link. You should get your fill there. Enjoy and the next show is in just a few hours!

Excellent live entertainment
Excellent live entertainment
Beautiful Jaguar E-Type
Beautiful Jaguar E-Type
The mighty Lamborghini Countach
The mighty Lamborghini Countach
1960 Cadillac
1960 Cadillac
Beck Porsche 904
Beck Porsche 904
A very distinguished Franklin
A very distinguished Franklin
Alfa Romeo Giulia SS
Alfa Romeo Giulia SS

Mascots of a Different Kind

I thoroughly enjoy Rat Rods and love the mascots their builders create for them even more. They are typically clever little characters and are the perfect finishing touch to the personality of the car. There is so much incredible detail to look at on these cars, but I do find myself spending extra time on the mascots. Many lead the way in “re-purposing” to the point environmentalists should be celebrating them and holding them up as poster children for recycling.

Sure the cars themselves pop out a bit more than the average Prius on the emissions end of things, but they more than make up for it in recycling. These Rat Rodders are leading the way! Just check out the handy work in the hood ornament below. Most people would throw that stuff out because they lack vision.

Skeleton Hood Ornament
Skeleton Hood Ornament

And check these great sculptures out. These builders possess so much creativity that when they run out of space on the car they just make a full size figure to go with it. All joking aside, they really are a very creative and artistic group of people and well worth your time to visit with at any show.

Custom built Rat Rod skeleton
Custom built Rat Rod skeleton
Skull and Tire Iron
Skull and Tire Iron

I will have much more to ad to this topic in a few weeks. If you want to peruse some general Hot Rod and Rat Rod shots in the meantime, just click on this gallery and this one as well. There is no end to the detail you will find in these cars or the little mascots guiding them. It’s everywhere you look.

Cheers!

A Devilish Pair
A Devilish Pair
The Jester
The Jester
Simple Skull
Simple Skull