Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chicago World of Wheels - THIS WEEKEND

Gotta love the Keven Carter image........
and yes - that IS One Shot Kustoms Chevy.
This was one of THE cars that everyone was talking about at the final Hunnert Car Pile Up....
well - it will be one of the feature indoor invite cars at Torque Fest this year. So come on out and see it May 4/5. Ms Metal will be set up right across from the car as well.

This poster will be available at the Chicago World of Wheels this weekend - come on out and get one.........
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont IL
Friday March 2 - 4pm - 10pm
March 3 - 10am-10pm
March 4- 10am - 7pm

Saturday, February 25, 2012

American Pickers visit the National Motorcycle Museum

For those that dont know.....the guys from American Pickers are loyal and have not forgot about the people that were friends with them BEFORE they were the cable phenom they are now.
John (creator of the National Motorcycle Museum) has always been a cool guy to me and he has been friends with Mike and Frank before they were "stars."
Here is a way Frank and Mike remember who was there for them way back when.

Frank and Mike came to Vintage Torque Fest last year as well. We did ask them to come- but knew that with the hectic schedule they now have - it would be very hard to find the time to show up. Not only did Frank and Mike show up to the show....they actually hung out and had a good time as well.

I do not know if their filming schedule will allow them to be at Torque Fest in May of this year......but Mike has agreed to let us view his recent purchase - the Von Dutch XAVW at Vintage Torque Fest May 4.5 - this will be in the main hall with other historic hot rods and customs.
I bought my first '35 Ford from Mike waaaaay back when - long before the show was on the air and I thank him for the continued friendship.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Trophy Queen to Attend Vintage Torque Fest!

ok....I am honored.......
Trophy Queen is coming to Torque Fest.
I need ya'll to purchase some of these top quality handbags.
I first met her in Yokohama at the Mooneyes show.
After that I would see her at the various shows in California.
And then I saw her article in DiCE magazine.
She has a way cool 1948 Indian.
After the last Pile Up she asked about Torque Fest......
I gave her the info and told her we could get her a spot.
I just looked at her schedule..........
Grand National Roadster Show (LA area)
Viva Las Vegas
Lonestar Round Up (Austin TX)
Jokers Car Show in Sweden
Bottrop Kustom Kulture Show in Germany
Torque Fest.
That is it.
We are truly humbled to be in the same conversation as those shows.
If you have any doubts about the show - come on out.
Jenny is.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Detroit - Basement - Be There

Detroit Autorama
Feb 24 Noon to 10pm
Feb 25 9am to 10pm
Feb 26 10am to 8pm

look for us in the basement......
need some propaganda?
we will be there to disseminate

Friday, February 17, 2012

Classic Pin Up Contest - May 5 - Vintage Torque Fest

BY POPULAR DEMAND - Torque Fest will have a classic Pin Up Contest in 2012

Miss (or Mrs.) Torque Thrust will be given her title at 1 PM on Saturday in Building #1.

Much like the hot rods and custom cars that are a part of Vintage Torque Fest, this will have specific rules as to who can enter and what kind of dress is appropriate for the contest.

There will be no adult content for this contest - if you are wanting to see writhing grinding or other "adult" behavior then perhaps you should go to another event....this is part of a show that try to re create a period of time - specifically the late 50s/early 60s. As a result - all girls should wear period correct clothing. Absolutely no nudity or even anything close to it. Remember that stag films were the equivalent of today's Victorias Secret commercial in the late 50s and this is NOT what we are after. We hope to class up the joint with some pretty women....we hope you will join us.


Ms. Metal Kustom Equipment- .ms-metal.net // An awesome t-shirt and hand-made necklace to the 1st place

Pinup Perfection Magazine- www.pinupperfectionmagazine.com - pinupperfection@yahoo.com // Photo in an upcoming issue

My Pinup Creations- www.mypinupcreations.com // Beautiful Hair Accessories

Murder Pinups- www.murderpinups.com - info@murderpinups.com // A Goodie Bag!

Derek Ketchum - www.flickr.com/people/dketchum - dketchum@gmail.com // A photoshoot at Vintage Torquefest!

Kevin Willis - outkastimages217.com - A photoshoot at the Outkast Images 217 studio!

Wisconsin Skinny Clothing Co. www.wiskinny.com wiscskinny@yahoo.com - A Women and Mens workcoat, 2 Ladies Tees and shop rags!

Kevin "Sickboy" http://facebook.com/sikboy1959 // Custom hang bag striped just for the winner

Max Grundy - www.maxgrundy.com // "Fear is the new beauty" gear!-

Che'z Von Schweikert www.facebook.com/chezvonschweikert Prize $$$

Vintage Torque - Prize $$$

Must be dressed in classic 40's & 50's pinup attire. (No swimsuits or nudity)

Each contestant will fill out a short questionaire (will be read on stage)

The final 5 will be chosen by the audience, then a panel of 4 judges will determine the final 3, and then they will crown the Miss Torque Thrust 2012.

-All contestants must be signed up by 11:00 am the day of show you will find the booth to sign up, but don't hesitate for your spot! There will be a cut-off of 20 gals. Sorry but we can't take to long the fellas have to get there trophys too ladies ;)

-All contestants must be 18 years of age

-Everyone must be in appropriate pinup attire, (i.e. classic vintage 40's and 50's clothing, no swimsuits, nothing too low or way too short, please don't make us have to tell you that your rocking a look from 1986)

-Each gal will answer one question on stage in Round 1 ( don't worry we will post the questions a month before the show so you can be prepared and remember it's just one question)

-Then for round 2 the final 5 will be chosen by audience applause and the top 3 winners will be determined by a panel of 4 judges to crown the very 1st Miss Torque Thrust 2012!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Milwaukee - THIS weekend!!!

I simply could not help myself......
this has got to be one of the greatest car show / events/ extravaganza promo flyers of all time.
What does this have to do with anything?
Well - the Cheaters that brought you the flyer above - they are from Milwaukee, WI.
The World of Wheels will be having their show this weekend in Milwaukee - so we hope to see some of the Cheaters at the show......
and if you wanna stop by the Vintage Torque booth - we will give you some promo material for Vintage Torque Fest....
the show that the Cheaters have provided overnight security the past couple of years.
AND - if you paid attention to the tunes that were being played - that was DJ ROME - yep - he is a Cheater. He spins some killer tunes at the Cheaterama and we begged him to come and play for us at Torque Fest.

Those guys have the longest running traditional hot rod show in the midwest....possibly the country....
the last weekend in August - I have been there 3 times and intend to get back there - The Nite Owl is always magical - but there is always some extra pixie dust flying around on that last weekend in Aug.
Seeya in Milwaukee!

Friday 4pm-10pm
Saturday 10-10
Sunday 10-7pm
Wisconsin State Fair Park

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The ORIGINAL Gasser.....coming to Torque Fest!

This car was the first of a series of Gassers and Funny Cars campaigned by NHRA Hall of Fame legend Junior Thompson over many years. The Old Black Studebaker won “Little Eliminator” in the first U.S. Nationals in Oklahoma City in 1958. It ran every weekend at Lions Drag Strip, at Pomona, Santa Ana and many other drag strips. The OBS (as it has come to be known) was raced against, and beat the best of the gassers during the ‘Golden Age of Drag Racing’, including Doug Cook, Tim Woods, Pitman and Edwards, Ed Weddle, Dick Harryman, Howard Johansen and many others.”

We are honored to have such an historic car being displayed in the inside historic hot rod section of Vintage Torque Fest.


Friday, February 10, 2012

BURNING LOVE 5 - Chicago - THIS Saturday!!!!

I am really looking forward to Black Actress - they sound amazing - of course Pegboy puts on amazing live show as well.....
seeya there!
Half Fast Chicago presents the 5th annual
Anti-Valentines day party
Saturday 2/11/12 @ The Flat Iron
1565 N. Milwaukee – Chicago – 8pm
21+ to get in
Black Actress & PegBoy perform Live
Half Fast Chicago will be debuting the latest Harley-Davidson Dark Custom Motorcycle
Sponsor swag & Give aways
$10 @ Door goes to HelpingHannahsHeart.org
More info @ HalfFastChicago.com/forum

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

AUCTION - On Facebook and on The H.A.M.B. - 2011 Torque Fest Vinyl Banner 6 FEET TALL

Keven Carter of Car-N-Art.com did this killer design for last year.....we auctioned off one of these at the show last year and it went for a couple hundred bucks. We are hoping to generate the same excitement here by offering on Facebook and the HAMB. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Hannah Wells Medical Trust. Thanks for bidding!

The size of the banner is 42 inches x 74 inches or 3.5 feet x 6 feet tall.

This will look great in your shop! Or garage....or behind the TV....or your bedroom ceiling.....ok- maybe not.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Entry Criteria - Please note that all entry inspectors are HUMAN and if you have a problem with certain vehicles getting in/not getting in - then YOU should be an inspector!

Volunteer info is on the website - http://www.vintagetorquefest.com/

For 2012, Vintage Torque Fest has worked to remove the subjectivity from the show criteria. This means that Torque Fest has tried to clearly quantify the entry rules and write them specific enough for anyone to determine if their vehicle would be allowed in.If your vehicle does not meet entry requirements, there will be a separate area where the muscle cars, street rods, stock originals 1949 and newer, and other non-qualifying vehicles will park. This parking area is right by spectator entrance and these vehicles will be seen by everyone. This area will be run by the Coronados CC and will be labeled the Coronados Car Club Classic and Chrome section! . A "new car" VIP section will also be in the normal parking lot so new Camaros, Corvettes, etc do not have to park next to the daily drivers.If you are unsure if your vehicle will meet the requirements of the show, email clear pictures of the front & drivers side, rear & passenger side, and interior showing the dash and steering wheel to coolstuff@earthlink.net. Please note that if you wait until the week of the show to email us - that is TOO late. Email notification will need to be complete by April 20.

We are not being elitist or think that your vehicle isn't cool - we just want to focus on rides that would be driving around in the 40's, 50's and 60's. If you have never picked up a copy of Rod & Custom or Hop Up circa 1956 - do yourself a favor and go get some!

These are the guidelines we will be adhering to.

The Criteria

To get into the show, your vehicle must be a 1964 or earlier "Hot Rod" or "Custom" built in a "Traditional Style".

All stock appearing/restored vehicles pre 1949 are welcome at Vintage Torque Fest!

Any vehicles from 1949-1964 that appear stock will park in the Classic & Chrome section.

A couple of modifications to an otherwise stock vehicle will most likely get ya in thedoor.

Here are the rules:

1. MOST IMPORTANT RULE-UNSAFE VEHICLES SHOULD BE NOT BE DRIVEN TO TORQUE FEST. We are NOT doing Safety Inspections at Vintage Torque Fest. The entry to the show does not mean that we have deemed your vehicle safe to drive on the roads or dirt track. Driver assumes all normal, reasonable, and prudent responsibilities for maintaining the safety of their vehicle. Drive shafts visible from inside the vehicle, suspensions improperly mounted, fuel that is not inside a proper gas tank or some other fuel cell will be asked to park outside the Jackson County Fairgrounds - we do not need the police involved in citations for driving unsafe vehicles.

2. No art cars - what is an art car? As one buddy suggested - you know you have an art car when it looks like you had a giant magnet attached to your vehicle as you drove through the local junkyard and permanently welded anything that stuck to the car.OTHER definitions of art car - Vehicles that look like a skeleton, pumpkin, or any other non auto related items are art cars. These are not traditional hot rods.Further definition of art car - Rats that are attached to vehicles are considered art cars. Anything that is attached to the vehicle that is intended to shock or have comedic value will wind up being considered an art car.Vehicles in rust, primer, or survivor paint are WELCOME as long as they do not fall into the "art car" category as described above.

3. No billet anything (if you have some part on your engine that is billet - DONT open your hood!)If you have a billet steering wheel or column - put a shirt or coat over it!

4. All fenderless 1949-1965 vehicles will be in Classic & Chrome parking.

5. No neon, 80’s style monochromatic paint or mural graphics.

6. No independent front suspension on fenderless vehicles.

7. No Tune Port Injection or Electronic Fuel Injection (with open hoods).

8. No trailered street legal vehicles. We welcome period correct race, sprint, modified, midget, drag cars. Obviously these will be trailered in to the show, but the trailers will be parked off site after the car is unloaded. We simply will NOT have room to park trailers in the spectator parking.If you wish to purchase a camping spot to park your trailer - then you can arrange that with the fairgrounds. Otherwise please contact coolstuff@earthlink.net for further details about trailer parking within 1.5 miles of the event.If you plan on unloading your vehicle on Saturday - plan on being there before 7am. Friday will not be as crowded, so Friday drop off will not be as much of an issue.

9. No stock or stock appearing vehicles 1949 and newer. All Torque Fest show vehicles need to have at least two major visual modifications. This includes - but not limited to: lowered, have a wheel change, have a custom paint job, have body modifications, or something that makes them a hot rod or a custom. Missing hubcaps and hanging dice are not considered modifications. Again - if you are unsure - send a picture via email.

10. LOW PROFILE TIRES/RAISED WHITE LETTERS are for VIP parking. This is not a 70's show. Also if you have 50 series or lower profile tires this will be a vehicle that will be in VIP parking. They may look cool - but these are very new.....

11. Wheels should be period correct to the hot rod or custom vehicle they are on and be on the "Acceptable Wheel" list. Aftermarket wheels that are on the acceptable list should be no larger than 15" in diameter.Wheels larger than 15" need to be original stock or reproductions of stock wheels. For example, 16" Ford Wires, 16" Ford steelies, tall thin Model A wheels (17" 19", etc.). It is also acceptable if you are running enlarged reproduction versions of a stock wheel such as 17" steelies, 18" ford wires, etc.Again, aftermarket wheels such as the original style Torque Thrusts, Torque Thrust II's, or Torque Thrust D's should be no larger than 15".

Examples of wheels that are acceptable - see website

Examples of wheels that are for VIP Parking - see website

We WILL allow GM Rally wheels that do not have center caps or beauty rings! Again - if you have questions - email us.

12. Modern upgrades that you can SEE, like aero-dynamic/modern mirrors are for Classic & Chrome parking. Digital dash boards will need to be covered to be allowed entry to Vintage Torque Fest.

13. LED taillights that have the traditional/stock appearance are acceptable. LED lights that are thin single, multi row, or billet frames will be parked in VIP area.

14. Vehicles that have more than 4 wheels will be parked in Classic & Chrome area. If you have a stock vehicle that is Pre-'49 then these will be accepted.


1)Just because you got into Vintage Torque Fest or other traditional hot rod shows in previous years -does NOT mean you will get in this year - the criteria will be enforced this year.

2)We hope that custom car owners realize the coolness factor of your car goes down by 90% with your hood and trunk open....and it is very rare that cars with open hoods ever get national photo coverage. (We will have national photographers on site doing articles for Hot Rod Deluxe, Ol Skool Rodz, Car Kulture Deluxe, Traditional Rod and Kulture, Rolls and Pleats, and more)

3)Stuffed animals, cry baby dolls, rubber rats, fake food drive in trays, skeletons in passenger seats are not for Vintage Torque Fest.

4)No display setup/tables set up around your car. Your car quality will speak for itself...if you need to tell people who did the work on your car - feel free to stand there all day - but honestly, there is way too much going on to just sit there - go out and enjoy the show! Torque Fest does not encourage display boards....but if you have a display board for your car - please respect your neighbors and be sure that if they fall - the display boards will not hit the car next to you! Display boards for invited indoor cars are welcome.5)Disc brakes, electronic ignition, and radial tires are OK.


Bikes must be old-school/traditional looking choppers, bobbers, or pre ‘75cafe racers.

All pre-1965 STOCK motorcycles are welcome.

Jap bikes are OK - no crotch rockets though - take a look at the current trends in Japan - the Yamaha SR400 is being transformed into something completely new.

1. No art bikes

2. No stock bikes

3. No twin cam Harleys

4. No new Indians, Buell, Big Dog, or West Coast Chopper/OCC style bikes

5. No aluminum wheels

6. No wide rear tires

7. EVO bikes are OK - just need to be TRADITIONAL STYLE!

In order to get everyone in and parked quickly, there will be no reservedparking. If your club wants to park together, you must arrive together.

We reserve the right to refuse entry to any vehicle that we feel does not fit the spirit of the show

Thanks to TudorJeff, the Chrome Czars, and Cliffy for input on entry requirements.

Please try to understand what we are doing at Vintage Torque Fest. We are trying to have a certain type of show....if everything is allowed in - then there is simply nothing special about the show. We want you to come and have a good time....ask others that have been in the past - they will tell you that it is, indeed - a good time!
All gate proceeds from the show go to Helping Hannahs Heart Foundation
Info about this 501(c)3 can be found at http://www.helpinghannahsheart.org/

Seeya in Maquoketa, Iowa - May 4/5, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hardware for the Ladies @ Vintage Torque Fest 2012

Last year they sold everything on Friday.....I think they will come more prepared this year.....but dont wait too long - cause I have a feeling there are gonna be more people at Torque Fest this year.......................
they will be set up in the Model / Motorcycle Building on May 4/5, 2012
Vintage Torque Fest

Friday, February 3, 2012

Iron Invasion is proud to have Wayne the Train Hancock Oct. 6, 2012

If you have never heard Wayne The Train Hancock.....
man oh man - you have been missing out.
Come and see him live at the Iron Invasion - Oct. 6, 2012
Details on the Woodstock Iron Invasion are at:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ART SHOW - Rat Fink Alert!!!!

OK - so we have received a Polar Fink, the Kustom Dorr Roth Fink, and Gator came up with his striped Fink.

Now it is up to the artists out there to come up with some variations on the theme.

I have had some artists ask what we want....well - whatever you think will be a cool idea and something you may feel is unique.

My daughter and I came up with a quick list of things that may be interesting to see turned into finkdom.....

Classic Icons like:Monroe


James Dean

CLassic horror icons:


Bride of Frank

Creature Black Lagoon



zombies are really popular now - Zombie Fink

Automotive Icons

Shelby Fink

Dale Earnhardt Fink (complete with intimidating moustache)

Henry Ford Fink

Mopar Fink

homage to movies finks:Milner Fink from American Graffiti or Robert Mitchum Thunder Road Fink

period correct Fink - caveman, middle ages fink - Victorian / Steampunk Fink, 50's Fink

turn Fink into a girl and put a poodle skirt on her

do a Don Johnson fink from the 80s

Heavy Metal fink (like Rob Halford from Judas Preist)
add some real hair, or cut the fink up and add your own parts/appendages (keep it family friendly of course), be dazzle the Fink - add sequins or glitter
of course the variations on paint scheme can be tremendous....flat black with red accents

or the new flat black - FLAKE!

pinstripe the fink to the max
how about other cultural icons these days

Mario Bros Fink

Darth Fink

Bart Simpson Fink

Kiss Fink

Angry Bird fink

or how about going to the color copy place and using some old Car Toon magazine covers and pasting them all over the fink?

the list goes on and on - but dont be afraid to make yours stand out!

We cant wait to see what the artists come up with and if you have not received your Fink - PLEASE email me.

Remember these need to be turned back in to me by April 15. We will have a professional photographer take pix of the Finks before the show.If you turn them in at the show - you risk not getting your Fink in the national magazines.


for more info about the art show - just go to www.vintagetorquefest.com and click on the Art Show link

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lucky Tubb ~ Thorn ~

He is playing May 5, 2012. Real outlaw country.
Lucky Tubb - yes - he has a family tradition of real country music - his great uncle was the honky tonk legend Ernest Tubb. Dont be surprised if Lucky pulls a song out of the family hat - could be Walking the FLoor Over You or Waltz Across Texas....but it is the original songs that Lucky has come up with that are the reason for checking out his set.
Check him - you will be glad you did.