{ Monsters of Manson - Rat Rod Show 2018

Monsters of Manson - Rat Rod Show 2018

Monsters of Manson - Rat Rod Show 2018

“A super show with live music, over $800 in prize money and proceeds go to help local Manson kids get involved in the automotive arts programs including scholarships. There will be an interview posted on the Horsepower Chrome and Rust page shortly! Thanks to Jeff Conwell and the Manson Chamber of Commerce for a superb event!” said Brady Wright one of the 38 Rat Rod owners at the show.

Brady Wright driving back home over the pass in the rain after the Manson Rat Rod Show

The 3rd Annual Monsters in Manson kicked off Friday – May 18 at 3 pm with early registration at Winegirl Wines, 222 East Wapato Way in Manson. There was a live radio broadcast from 3 – 6 pm with Classic Rock 102.1 - The Quake and Live Music from Junk Belly from 6 -10 pm at Winegirl Wines! We had a little drizzle but it sure didn’t dampen the spirit of everyone in attendance. We thank Angela and Todd for hosting the event.

Rat Rods started lining up in downtown Manson at 8:30 am and barricades were put in place that closed Highway 150. The Rat Rods had taken over!!! The weather turned great, a perfect day for strolling the streets of Manson.

According to Josh Courter, a Power Automedia freelance writer with a serious passion for anything custom says the following about Rat Rods.

“In the last decade the largest craze in the hot rod world has been a very interesting trend known to many as “Rat Rods.” The hot rods that are built in this particular fashion are commonly known for being highly exaggerated versions of 1950’s style Jalopy hot rods. By highly exaggerated jalopies, we mean cars that are built to look poorly done on purpose, usually thrown together from old junk parts, and are usually poorly constructed as well as being built with little regard for safety. Ask the average gearhead what a “rat rod” is and they will tell you it is a pile of junk on wheels!”

The line up of cars was very impressive and you can view the photos of the show on the Manson Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Page.

Vice President of the Manson Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Conwell said, “There are so many people that helped put this event together and I want to thank them all. A special “thank you” to all the local businesses that stepped up and help sponsor this great event. We don’t’ have the final numbers yet but I’m sure we raised more money than last year. We use some of the funds for Manson scholarships and some help the Manson Chamber promote Manson to the outside world.”

Rat Rod cars at the Green Dot Sub Shop for lunch

Jesse James and the MOB played some great blues high atop a flatbed truck provided by Four Lakes Winery.

There were T-shirt for sale (we still have a few left and you can purchase them at the Chamber office) and you could also take part in the “Taste of Manson” with 15 Manson wineries involved in the wine walk. This was another fundraiser for the Manson Chamber and I hear it brought in over $1,100.

Mariah Pyle, Manson Chamber Board member and her mom were selling Taste of Manson

This year a Manson High School student, Gunner Rasmussen flew his drown over the event and footage will be use for a promotional video that will be first seen at the “Manson Night to Remember” later this year.

This years winning cars included:

First place Greg Richarson

Second place Steve PainterThird place Ron A. Foreman

Jeff said, “This was a great event and next year we hope to double to number of cars and add a few surprises.”

By Norm Manly

Posted by Manson Chamber of Commerce

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