I can’t even begin to believe how large the turn-out was for the kickoff. I walked 5 miles in total looking at as many cars as I could, but damn was it cool.

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We arrived to the gate at 7:45, luckily right in time to be with the first few cars getting in, and not have to wait in the lines going out into the street.

SO MANY CARS. Lots of exploring cars and getting as much free stuff as possible from vendors. During the end of the day, edelbrock was doing trivia in order to win a free copy of the story of Vic Edelbrock and early hot-rodding. I happened to answer right, and won a book! Hurray for encyclopedia automania brain! I have tons of pictures, but will probably only upload the most interesting stuff simply due to how long it takes Kinja to upload photos.

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Day 2 is going to be rainy, but hoping to make the most of it, as the main joy of this trip is cruising with everyone else!

GRATUITOUS PHOTOS AS PROMISED:

‘79 Pace Truck

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This Massive creation sat on a Dodge Ram 2500 Frame.

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Blasphemi!

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Super Clean ‘93 Cobra

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ITB Coyote in a Ford Galaxie, really really cool.

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FOrd Maverick grabber

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‘57 Chevy Limo?

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Very cool ‘67 Vette

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Just one side of the show, there was two more lts of equa or greater size.

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Oddball super clean Mk.2 Supra

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And a 1000hp Mk.4 Supra, how regular.

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LS-swapped 530i from New York

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FC Jeep!

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Panoz Esperante, very cool to see in person

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awesome Datsun 510.

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A TUCKER!!! Seeeing some of the engineering behind this was amazing, such an innovative car for the time.

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Activities up on the Main FAST stage.

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That’s all folks! can’t wait for Day 2!

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