Well, I've got to say that it is with great nostalgia and a bit of sorrow that I begin posting pictures from this year's Hunnert Car Pileup. Hosted by the Chrome Czars Motor Club, the Hunnert Car Pileup has grown over it's 10 year history into one of the most incredible traditional hot rod shows in the Midwest United States. Over the past three years that I've attended, it quickly became one of my favorite events of the year. This year, I was saddened to hear that the Chrome Czars had made the decision to make this year's event the 10th and final one.
Ten years ago, the Chrome Czars jokingly named the event the "Hunnert Car Pileup" (Hunnert...the "chicago" pronunciation for "hundred") because they thought they would be lucky if they pulled in 100 vehicles. Ten years later, this event has grown to over 1,200 cars and trucks!!!
Having only attended one show (the 7th year) at the Morris, IL. location, I didn't get wrapped up in the whole "controversy" in the decision to move the event to Decatur, IL. I do know that we sat on the interstate exit ramp for over an hour and a half to get into the show in Morris, and we had only gotten inside for about 30 minutes before the Illinois state police shut the entrance to the show down due to the traffic jam it was causing. The Decatur venue on the other hand, had much better access, parking space, and over all area for show cars, vendors, and swap area....granted, it lacks the small, fairground "feel" and shade trees....but it was MUCH easier to see all of the vehicles and vendors in Decatur.