New Motorama

New Motorama

The second annual New Motorama turned the spotlight on circle track racing cars, off-road race trucks, dragsters, high-horsepower pull tractors, racing sleds and other forms of motorsports. Three SEMA Show cars turned up and over 40 SEMA style sponsors and vendors participated in a new Manufacturer’s Showcase section of the show.

The indoor show ran April 1-3 and filled both the Shopko Hall and the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. Billed as a “motor sports” event, the show also exhibited collector cars, hot rods and customs, muscle cars, Corvettes, trucks, Jeeps, racing cars, motorcycles, and even snowmobiles.

Metal shaping artists Ron Covell, Dave Byron, and Matt Schmiezer conducted seminars on how to form sheet metal into hood scoops, hubcaps and other components. Covell said he started his career building dragster bodies in California. Kids were able to build their own metal racing car with help from members of the Freedom High School Auto Club.

The pin stripers and panel beaters drew big crowds, especially when panels and pedal cars striped by experts were raffled off for a breast cancer awareness group. One of the pin striped pedal cars sold for over $500.

Personal appearances by Rachel De Barros of “All Girls Garage” and Ryan Evans of Las Vegas based Counts Kustoms drew long lines of spectators wanting advice on their projects and autographs from the cable TV stars. TV star Jimmy Shine was visiting Green Bay and showed up unannounced.

Fans of all types of racing had a lot to see at New Motorama, with racing cars on display and area tracks setting up booths to promote their race dates. Road America brought an Indy Car and author Joe Verdegan was signing copies of his book Life in the Past Lane, which focuses on local racing legends. Off-road racer Johnny Greaves was on hand to meet and greet fans. On Saturday night, the Automobile Gallery in downtown Green bay hosted an exhibitors’ party.

Show organizer Rick Paulick said that even thought the show grew in size, move-in operations went smoothly despite two inches of rain on Thursday and Friday. The Saturday crowd was uch larger than in 2015 and put a smile on Paulick’s face. He said his exhibitors were looking forward to a big weekend.

About John Gunnell 134 Articles
John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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