Annual Manson Rat Rod Car Show sponsored by the Manson Chamber of Commerce kicked off early Friday afternoon, May 19 at WineGirl Wines
located at 222 East Wapato Way.
Mike Coleman and Brian Patterson run early check in at WineGirl Wines.
A great evening to enjoy Angela and Todd's wonderful wines and a great cigar with the guys works well!
Todd Link share a good cigar with friends
This event was put together through the efforts of Jeff Conwell heading up a committee of volunteers that included Brian Patterson, Mile Coleman, Gerry Ustanik, Dave Sneesby and Sandy Day. There is a lot of behind the scenes effort that makes an event like this a success…….we thank everyone.
Jeff Conwell, Manson Chamber Board Member displays this year's Rat Rod t-shirt.
Saturday morning cars started making their way to Leffler Field. A big thanks goes out to Chris Quigley for riding his lawn mower for five hours, preparing the field for the event. We also thank the Leffler family for providing the space for the Rat Rod Show.
A rat rod is a style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early-1960s. The style is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related "traditional" hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era. Most rat rods appear "unfinished", regardless of their status, as only the vehicle's bare essentials are driven. These are built to drive, not exclusively for show.
1929 Ford that is now a Rat Rod
I arrived at Leffler Field at 11:00 and was greeted to the sounds of the Jeff Page Band featuring Jeff Page, Karl Koester and Tammy Page. They were playing my songs and the crowd loved the music.
Tammy Page, Jeff Page and Karl Koester get the crowd rocking!
First up for me was to purchase a Manson Rat Rod t-shirt to add to my collection of one. That was followed by a hotdog cooked on the barbecue by Gerry Ustanik. Then it was time to look at the cars and there were plenty! I've added a bunch of photos on the Manson Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page
Gerry Ustanik cooks burgers and hot dog and has help from Sandy Day and Kim Ustanik
Dale England had is "yellow bird" (helicopter) in Leffler Field and offered rides for $40 a person. When I left at 2:00 he had made ten trips.
Dale England with his big yellow bird
Everyone had an opportunity to vote for your favorite Rat Rod and Kim Wolf's 1967 Piper Cherokee was awarded "Best in Show" at the award ceremony at 3:00.
Best in Show
"People's Choice" award went to Mike Sharpp for his 1920 Dodge (cover photo).
The unofficial Rat Rod after party took place at WineGirl Wines (sponsor of the event). Local musician Jesse James and the Men of Black offered Spring Barrel Tasting Blues music starting at 6:00.
Jesse plays the blues at WineGirl Wine
annual Rat Rod Car Show is in the history books and when I asked Jeff Conwell will there be a 3rd
annual he said you better believe it! Thanks to everyone for making this a great event.
By Norm Manly