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Winter Rod and Speed Show 2013 a Success!
There was a lot to see and do at this year's Winter Rod and Speed Show held in Albany
The 2013 Winter Rod and Speed Show located inside the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany was a giant success as over 100 cars were in attendance along with a lot of different activities for spectators. This year's group of cars were over all the best we have seen at the Winter Show in terms of quality. Many show patrons commented on the wide variety of cars and activities found at this year's show.
The King of the show was Don and Robin Pyle's new Willys Ameicar (shown above) that was unveiled to a large crowd shortly after the show began. Don was choked up by the outpouring of interest and that all of his hard work had come to fruition. He passed over a California show to debut the car in Albany.
A wide variety of cars made this year's event a great father and son outing.
Over 2,500 people people looked over hot rods, race cars, street rods and classics. In addition, NHRA champ 240 Gordie and NBA Star Scott Haskin were signing autographs and were a big draw in the Clear Signal Booth. The event also included a NASCAR simulator, Reptile Man, model car contest hosted by national model car figure Ed January and Stan Reaser, a pin Striping exhibition, music by Apollo 4 and a slot car track thanks to Glen Fuller from A Step Above Hobby. This year, the model car and pin striping expo were moved to the lobby which proved to be a popular location as most patrons stopped on their way out to look it over. Also, the live surfer music by Apollo 4 was well received and even made some patrons asking for more.
Scott Haskin signing cards with Janelle Roah, sales manager of Clear Signal in the background
For the first time the show included a food drive which was a big success. The drive was designed to helped unemployed families in Linn County. All the food will be picked up by FISH and distributed to low income families in the area. Some families brought cases and sacks of food to the show. On Friday night there was a big exhibitor's pizza feed and reception that was very popular with car owners and vendors. The dinner was held during set up and was closed to the general public.
A big thanks to those that participated. Also, a big thanks to KRKT, KLOO, Joe Radio, KYKN, Clear Signal, The Lars Larson Show, Albany NAPA Auto Parts, BI-Mart, Tom's Tropies, Jeff Howell, Burgerville and Bi Mart. Thanks also to CC, Richard, Diana, Paul, Dave, Vickie, Cookie, Craig and Adam fr their hard work this in making the event a success.