Have you ever been so unexpectedly blown away by an event of any kind that you immediately put it on you list of events to attend next year and every year thereafter? Well, that’s what happened to the Afterburner crew at the Ducktail Run 2015 in Gas City, Indiana.
Now, I must correct myself here before we proceed into the bulk of the story. We on the Afterburner crew have heard about the Ducktail Run before. We knew that it was a pretty large classic American car show, we knew that it drew people in from all over the country. What we weren’t prepared for though, was how absolutely mind blowing the show is as a whole.
Because the show is in such close proximity to where we live in Fort Wayne, we decided that it would only be fitting that we bring some muscle of our own. So, we enlisted the services of Brenden’s father’s 1961 Willys Overland that you may have seen in a few of our past posts. Also, Nick’s father Rick brought along his 1962 Corvette Stingray Convertible. After taking the time to look over the two vehicles, shooting some photos, and making the final preperations for the trip, we set off.
After deciding that it would be best to avoid the highway because we didn’t know how the Willys would cope at the high speeds, we saw it best to take the back county roads all the way down to Gas City. Let me tell you, cruising these two classic machines through some Indiana back country was awesome. It really took us back to a much simpler time, before the highway system was as vast as it is today, and the only way to get from place to place out in rural areas like this would be the roads between all the small farm town. It took us about three quarters of an hour longer to get there, but it was WAY worth it.
After a quick service station stop to fill up the Willys and grab some grub, we continued the rest of the way into Gas City and into the show grounds. Now I am going to try my best to clearly convey to you just how amazing and crazy this show is, so get ready.
Probably about a mile out from the show grounds is where the queue started to get in and out of the show. The whole way, it was an amazing plethora of vehicles, from rat rods, cab overs, lowriders, you name it. It was in the line. Once Brenden had parked the Willys up in the show, and the Zielinski’s parked the Corvette in one of the classic car filled parking lots adjacent to the show grounds, we met up and began scouring the show grounds.
There was so much to look at all at once, it was unbelievably overwhelming. Everywhere you looked there was something eye catching. Whatever tickled your fancy when it came to classic American Iron, it was here. Now, I’m not going to go through and describe everything that was there, but I’m going to pick out some of our favorites from the couple thousand cars that were on the show grounds.
This custom Chevrolet Apache pickup caught our eyes right from the get go. From the smoothed engine bay and body work, to the chromed and fuel injected small block V8. This thing was stunning. Later in the show, we caught up with the owner, and he told me that every hole in the entire chassis that wasn’t used for something was filled, shaved, and painted, even on the frame. He told me that the body work alone took nearly two years to do. We must say, excellent work sir! We applaud your perseverance.
These two lowriders really stood out for us. From their heavily modified interiors, their wild interiors, and their pavement crushing ride height, they were a thing to behold. As I said earlier, there is something here for everyone. There were thousands of people perusing the show grounds and the swap meet area. There were constantly cars revving their engines, music playing, the smell of fuel and food, and cars cruising though the show grounds. The entire time. It is pure sensory overload at it’s finest. You seriously have to see it for yourself.
These classic air cooled Volkswagens were a welcomed familiar sight for us guys that aren’t into American cars as much as other imported brands. The Beetle and the blue Ghia were all ratted out, left to the elements to develop their own character and we love that. Plus their pebble pushing static ride height made them look much tougher than the would already with the mother nature induced cosmetic changes. The Gray Karmann Ghia on the other hand, was a proper show car.
Everything was shaved, tucked and detailed to the max. From the shaved front bumper, to the detailed engine bay, she sure was a looker. Another car that has been making its way up the list of my favorite cars in the Mercury Cougar. After seeing a couple at the show, they are definitely one of my favorite muscle cars of all time.
As the afternoon went on, cars kept filing in and out of the show, people continued to make their way about the show grounds and the flame thrower pipes began to be fitted to the competition cars.
If you haven’t thought about already going to what can only be described and the H20i of the muscle car world. Then that last sentence should have peaked your interest a bit. Yes, I said flame thrower pipes, and for that. You’ll just have to wait for part two. So stay tuned.