If you don't know anything about my background, I'll begin by saying that I got rooted in this industry by becoming a staffer, or associate editor if you prefer, on Car Craft magazine. I started right out of college and figured this would be a great experience to help me get into grad school… Well, 15 years later, I've never looked back and am still digging what I do.
During my tenure, one of the more memorable moments on Car Craft was our annual trip to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. If you've never been, then let me be the first to tell you: This is one of the largest muscle car gatherings in the country. And—even if you're a die-hard Chevy fan—there are plenty of fine rides to check out from the Big Three.
One of the coolest things by far is seeing the wide diversity of builds; we're talking a perfect example from every era, from wild, flashy paint jobs to blown Pro Street cars, along with today's more modern Pro Touring rides. Seriously, it's pretty amazing what shows up.
I hadn't been to the show in well over a decade and was excited to check out the scene again. Honestly, some things don't change and I saw plenty of cars that I personally shot and featured from yesteryear, still hanging around—and still looking good. The biggest change was that the show is gigantic, like unbelievably enormous. Scouting locations to shoot feature cars was nearly impossible, with cars placed into every section of the fairgrounds. And while I don't normally like taking cars offsite for a shoot, there really wasn't a choice. Bonus, we got to see the cars on the street, doing what they do best, and managed to get prime locations for our photos.
It was truly like stepping back in time; back then we had demolition derbies, this time there was an autocross and stop box challenge (accelerating as fast as you can and stopping within an allotted distance). The times may have changed, but one thing's for certain, there was plenty on the agenda for both veteran and newbie car enthusiasts. If nothing else, it was great to see my old stomping grounds thundering with exhaust notes all day long and well into the evenings. Yep, that, my friends, was a great weekend!
More importantly, were you there this year? If so, I want to hear all about it. Just email me at the address listed below.