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12-16-2008, 12:05 PM
Ok, as some of you know, I belong to the Road Rockets Car Club of Indianapolis. We have been putting on a show, in conjunction with, the 500 World of Wheels, for the past four years. Our club is dedicated to preserve the "ways of the old days" i guess u could say. Myself, along with the other 9 members have studied the indoor shows from around 1950 to the mid sixties, back when car shows were fun and something that wasnt just for the trophy hounds!! When u walk into our building at the fairgrounds, you step through a time warp!! From the period cars, to the decorations, the music, and the different car clubs that support us, its from what we have been told by some guys that were 'there' when this all began, is exact. how many of you remember the prom queen-type dressed girls that used to walk around and take pictures and what not in the late fifties and early sixties?? Yes we have them too!!! Oh did i mention a drive-in movie set-up in one corner showing old car movies and sci-fi greats such as The Giant Gila Monster and many others!!!

I had a couple of members on here ask about the show so i figured id just let everyone know. In case anyone thinks they may be interested in this, i have added the flyer with all the contact info. This show is all about the fun. No stantions. No snooty butt holes. Just alot of fun and good times. Cars that are 'period 62' only. Remember this is the Motorama 1962.

12-16-2008, 12:09 PM
well i cant seem to figure out how to get the flyer on here soo heres a link www.indyroadrockets.com if your scroll down about half way down the flyers there...thank you for your time

12-16-2008, 12:37 PM
If I was in the area, I would love to see it! Sounds like it would be fun.

I know what you mean about the "trophy hounds" Drives me nuts. I take my car for people to see a piece if history, but most just bring theirs to get a trophy. They leave right after the trophies are announced with bad attitudes if they did not get one. Even if the show is scheduled to go on for a few more hours! (most places around here have finally given up and just saved the trophy ceremony until the last possible moment.) I wonder if many people would bring their cars if they knew that there were no trophies to be had...makes me wonder...

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1963 Lark Custom, 259 V8, TT, 4 doors, 2 tone paint, and garaged for the winter...I can't wait til spring!!

12-16-2008, 12:47 PM
The only tropy to be had persay is the People Choice. All weekend long the spectators at he show are encouraged to vote for their choice. The vehicle they pick is used on the next years show flyer and their name is engraved on the six-foot tall trophy we have on display. As to not having people showing, last year we had a little less than a month to get cars registered due to some circumstances, and ended up with right around eighty cars. From kustoms, to all out drag cars, to stockers. Its kinda a refreshing show for those who think like us. Oh yeah, even the Hudson club was there last year

12-16-2008, 02:01 PM
:) Man, I wish Dick Steinkamp's 1953 Studebaker custom "Ute" was closer to Indianapolis, Yancey; we'd pry it out of him and have it there in a heartbeat![:p] (But all the way from the state of Washington might be a little much.:() :DBP

12-16-2008, 04:53 PM
ya thats a lil far!!! what about some of the local guys and gals??? stockers are welcome too ya know. Is there any 61 or 62 larks/ drag cars round here? we would love to have some of them too!!! in addition to the rest of the festivities goin on, i started puttin together a project last year, i collected any and all old club memorabilia, i.e. club jackets, drag plates, pictures and even some old club members of indiana clubs. along with that any and all drag racers from early fifties till round 63 or 64[yes i know its the 62 show] that had pictures, trophies, their cars, and again even themselves, and had all the history on display. just my way of sayin thank you to the guys that started this stuff here in indiana. last years display had several pictures and trophies from raceway park, muncie, bunker hill just to name a few. I would love to have Ted Harbit bring some stuff if at all possible. considerin he's a legendary stude racer and heck of a guy.

if anyone else has or knows anyone that would have anything from back then, please please contact me. i will eventually be writing a book on the stuff i gather for this. if not for everyone else, but for myself. just to have the history aspect covered is an awesome thing

12-17-2008, 04:23 PM
was any of the members on this board ever at any of the first indoor car shows??? anywhere?

12-17-2008, 09:41 PM
I went to an indoor show right after Robert's Stadium was built in Evansville, but that would be far after the first.

_________1966 Avanti II RQA 0088______________________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152_______________Rabid Snail Racing

12-18-2008, 12:28 PM
These are some pics. from Pan Pacific Auditorium 1953



There should be no complaints since there is Stude content, check out the hubcaps and headlight rims also the C-K rear window for a windshield. Motor too, but you can't see that in the pics.

12-18-2008, 01:45 PM
Hey Alan, doesn't that Victress still exist today? :D;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

12-18-2008, 03:36 PM
Matt. The bottom one is a S5, which were built on MGA frames. The one I have is a S1. It will be sitting on a stainless steel frame and have it's original 323 engine.

12-18-2008, 06:30 PM
awesome pictures alan. were u at the show?

12-18-2008, 07:48 PM