6th Annual Jalopy Jam-Up…Photo Gallery

Stepping into the past. . .  It’s something that happens every time you climb behind the wheel of a hot rod or custom and flick on the ignition key. It sets a moment in time while peering through a vintage windshield to frame your journey regardless where that destination takes you. That said, there’s nothing more refreshing that the sound of a hopped-up V-8 working its way through the gears on a summer day as you motor along to meet up with like-minded friends. For the 6th year running, Chuck Vranas representing Street Rodder, hooked up with The Jalopy Jam-Up event held in Rockton, Ontario, Canada, has played host to some of the coolest traditional rides around fused with a perfect vibe to create one of the most memorable weekends around.

Arriving at the historic Rockton Fairgrounds established well-over 150 years ago, it’s easy to appreciate the vintage allure as you roll through the gates. With nearly 80 nicely-detailed acres complimented by plenty of roads to cruise through it created the perfect backdrop for the twod-day festival. Add in plenty of classic buildings, a grandstand with dirt track, campgrounds and an open-air pavilion to bring it all full-circle. The Jam-Up is an event that is dedicated to pre-1964 traditional hot rods and customs built to reflect the ‘40s through the ‘60s styles. Once again this year well over 500 of the neatest rides from Canada and the USA made the scene.

The promoters (including Jeff Norwell, Brandon Roberts, and Jay Tyrrell) upped the ante once again this year with an event schedule packed with fun from dawn to dusk. Strolling on the grounds once settled, you were immediately immersed in the past with row upon row of classic hop-ups mingling with plenty of neat bits to be found in the swap meet. There was plenty of adrenalin flowing at the Binbrook Rod & Custom building as the sounds of Sawzall’s lured you in to witness them chopping the top on a 1935 Ford truck live during the event to give it plenty of newfound attitude. This year the grandstands were packed each day to watch the mini bike drag racing eliminations where the unlimited class even featured a nitrous-powered bike taking home the big honors. If that’s not enough you could have checked out the old-time pie eating competition, classic pin-up contest, gotten a haircut, or met with a tattoo artist or pinstriper to get some fresh artwork done.

One of the highlights of the weekend is when the party gets into full swing with an amazing assortment of live music hitting the stage well into the evening on both nights. There were plenty of nitro-fueled sets laid down by The Hell-bent Rockers, Royal Crowns, Treble Tones, Gabba-Heys, King Jives and DJ Swankenstein to keep everyone on their feet.  If you dig traditional hot rods and customs this is an event you need experience. You can check it all out at jalopyjamup.com. SRM

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