Hey, traditional hot rods and kustom kulture isn't all about rat rods. It's about a simpler time. Restoring vehicles and/or hot rodding them the way the would have done it in the 50's and 60's. It's a statement against the high dollar billet aluminum, pastel paint job, high dollar crate engine craze of the 80's and 90's. It's the common man saying, "We're taking hot rodding back to it's roots!"
The traditional hot rod scene is about kats (and kittens) building something that they can afford. It's about doing it yourself (or getting the help from your buddies). It's in direct contrast to the guy who pays a shop $100,000+ dollars to build him a trailer queen that never sees the pavement.
Yeah, you may not "get" some of the outrageous rides on the fringe of the movement. Rat rods and/or layin' frame may not be your cup of tea. But the "can do" spirit and and creativity that can be seen in the blood, sweat and tears of these builders labors makes these types of shows among my favorites.
I've got to admit, it's been my experience that the type of people that build traditional hot rods and/or attend this type of event are in general much more enjoyable to spend time with, and more pleasant to be around than most of the owners of trailer queens and trophy winners. My advice to these folks is.... "Loosen Up and Enjoy the Show We Call Life!!!"