Friday, November 7, 2014

James Dean Run 2014



I had no problem saying "sure" when Megan, my girlfriend, asked me if I would go to Fort Wayne, Indiana and be her date for her class reunion. It would have been worth the trip just for that, but when you have hobbies such as cars, bikes, thrifting, and vintage stuff, it's pretty easy to turn a nice little trip into a packed weekend of awesomeness. Luckily Megan is super cool and had no problem making some pit stops during our journey. During the next two weeks I'll be bringing you four posts from that trip. You'll see vintage knick-knacks, mid-century architecture, furniture, hot rods, customs, choppers, and more.

The first of these four posts is about the James Dean Run in Fairmount, In.

It didn't take very long for me to figure out that both the James Dean Run and Ducktail Run were going on during the weekend of our trip, or that they happen to be directly on our route to Fort Wayne. I had never been to either of them before so I was very excited to stop here. Unfortunately we didn't get to spend a lot of time in the area which means we had to miss out on the Ducktail Run. I guess that just means we'll have to go back next year, right?

If you didn't already know, James Dean grew up in Fairmount, In which makes this the perfect place for a custom car show named in his honor. The show was really nice and the park was a lovely setting for a car show, especially with the help of sunny, warm weather. I don't know the official car count but it was smaller than I had expected. It took us a couple hours but we managed to see all of the cars that were there on Friday afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of customs in attendance. One last thing I should mention, most of the residents in Fairmount were having yard sales! It's SO hard to pass up a yard sale but we were on a schedule. You can bet I'll be back in 2015 to hit up James Dean, Ducktail, AND all of the yard sales!

Check back soon for mid-century flair from Fort Wayne, Indiana! Until then, here is the 2014 James Dean Run.

It's always good to see my buddy Ed Lepold and his PERFECT Merc




I finally got to see, in person, one of my favorite cars of all time. Bill Edwards' 1957 Ford from Cedar Lake, In




I saw quite  a few interiors that stopped me in my tracks.






Indy Road Rocket member, Rick Marvin's 1941 Ford coupe





These folks brought out some super clean cars. Doc Gray with his '56 Lincoln Capri and Jean & Gil Peters with their '56 Pontiac Star Cheif


Cindy Trent's '51 Mercury was featured on this years t-shirt so she was parked right up front displaying that bright orange paint and a perfect execution of 1956 Packard Clipper taillights



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