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The Second Annual Jalopy Jam-Up

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 2015-09-08 Chuck Vranas, Chuck Vranas

The Second Annual Jalopy Jam-Up

Right when you thought you'd seen just about everything a hot rod show had to offer the deck gets shuffled to unleash a refreshing surprise of ghostly proportions. Bringing the sounds of un-muffled V-8's to an entirely new level, the promoters of the Jalopy Jam-Up (including Jeff Norwell, Brandon Roberts, and Jay Tyrrell) raised the bar when it came to creating a truly memorable event laid out for a weekend of excitement in the rural town of Durham, Ontario, Canada.

Frontier Ghost Town sits on over 100 rustic acres with a long dusty rolling road leading to its center where you can almost picture covered wagons and cowboys waiting for you at the end with a campfire lit. The town actually started out as an actual dude ranch in the '70s and morphed into a ghost town over the last two decades, seeing more than its share of Hollywood filming for all types of entertainment.

031 2015 Jalopy Jamb Up Canada © Provided by Hotrod 031 2015 Jalopy Jamb Up Canada Once you cruised to the gates and paid your toll to enter the town unfolded right before your eyes. Cruising onward you were flanked by a number of small wood structures including the town jail, bank, general mercantile, and outfitters. It's cool that the buildings can even be rented for the weekend to let you get the full old West experience. By the time you reach the end you hit Main Street which acts as the epicenter for the weekend with its saloon and weed & feed buildings. Continuing on and there are endless fields to accommodate plenty of cars as well as full camp grounds for those staying the weekend.

The event is dedicated to pre-1964 traditional-styled hot rods and customs built to reflect the eras of the '40s through the '60s. With picture-perfect weather close to 400 of the neatest hop-ups from all over Canada as well as numerous US States including Texas, Michigan, New York and Washington attended. The fusion of culture, classic vendors, a well balanced swap meet and tasty eats from Chef Neil Lounsbury's grill gave the crowds plenty to experience throughout their visit. One of the hot attractions of the weekend was the searing lineup of live adrenalin-fused Rockabilly from the amps of such notable bands as The Hell-bent Rockers, The Royal Crowns and The Millwinders who gave the crowd hours of listening pleasure.

Walking the event it was evident the assortment of rods and customs were just plain wicked with many notable rides in attendance including Dave Gray's Chemical City '32 Ford Coupe, Jim Jard's full-fendered Deuce 5-window, John St. Germain's seductive '56 Mercury and Mike & Susan Siewert's Deuce roadster which made the 2,000-plus mile trip all the way from Calgary, Alberta to dig the vibe. All we can say is this truly-unique event is one that continues to grow and it's definitely one that adds plenty of cool-factor to hot rodding.

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