Hunnert Car Pile-Up

   A call from dad confirmed that he and his buddies are making the trip this Saturday (October 13) to Morris, Illinois, for the Hunnert Car Pile-Up. And I really wish I could go—after all, it was MY idea to go in the first place—alas, commitments in Wisconsin will prevent me from witnessing the Pile-Up in person.


   What’s the Hunnert Car Pile-Up? No, it isn’t a demolition derby (good guess, though) it’s a traditional hot rod show open to 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s style hot rods, custom cars, and custom motorcycles. The show organizers are serious about the admission criteria and have posted the requirements on their Web site As they state, “You wouldn’t want a sport tuner Honda Civic at your Model T show…would you?”


   This show is a must see for anyone interested in traditional style customs. The Pile-Up also includes a full line-up of rockabilly, honky tonk, and garage pop bands—dancing in the aisles is encouraged. So stop watching old reruns of American Hot Rod or Hard Shine, and get out to the Grundy County Speedway and Fairgrounds on Saturday to live the real thing. Gates open at 9am.