The Hunnert Car Pileup is a show for traditional hot rods and customs only. This means that to get into the show, your car must be a 1964 or earlier Hot Rod or Custom built in a “Traditional Style.” This means all cars in the show should look like they could have been built in the 1940s, 1950s, or 1960s with little or no visible modern equipment. We are not trying to be elitist or snobby, nor are we judging what is “cool” or “good”. The Hunnert Car Pileup is a show for a specific set of vehicles and style of craftsmanship.
What do I need to know to get my vehicle into the show?
All traditional hot rods and customs that enter the pileup gate will abide by these rules:
1. All vehicles must have at least 2 major modifications done in the traditional style.
A traditional hot rod or custom does not appear to be stock. For entry consideration for the Pileup, vehicles must have at least 2 visible and intentional changes. Changes can include (but are not limited to) lowering, pinstriping, wheel/hubcap changes, paint (e.g., flames, metalflake), etc. Simply bolting something on like different mirrors, drag plates, stickers, etc. does not count. Rust or sagging springs do not count. Rust has nothing to do with traditional hot rods or customs.
2. All vehicles must appear as a traditional hot rod and custom.
This means all cars in the show should look like they could have been built in the 1940s, 1950s, or 1960s with little or no visible modern equipment.
This also means:
a. No art cars, including “shock rods” (*see below)
b. No billet aluminum anything, including wheels, interior and engine parts
c. No modern rims
d. No digital gauges
e. No neon, 80’s style monochromatic paint or mural graphics
f. No IFS on fenderless cars
g. No TPI/EFI (with open hoods)
3. All vehicles must have tires and rims that are reminiscent of the 1960s or earlier.
This is one of the biggest problems we run into every year. Cars with modern rims, low profile tires, etc will not be allowed into the show, no matter how historically correct the rest of the car is.
a. Mag wheels at our discretion
b. No Low-profile tires
c. No modern lowrider wires
d. All vehicles limited to 4 wheels maximum (no duallys/dual axle trucks, etc)
4. Trailers are NOT allowed!
Vehicles seen at Progress City on a trailer will not be allowed into the show, not even in the parking lot. The only exception to this rule is race cars and projects cars that are not street legal (e.g., dragsters) and who have received pre-approval from the Chrome Czars.
5. Entry is at the inspectors’ discretion
We try to be fair, but some cars will get turned away. We have worked hard to establish the “look” of the show and not all cars fit in. That’s what makes the Hunnert Car Pileup so special. The inspectors have the final say. We’ve had problems with inconsistencies in the past, but those problems have been resolved this year.
*art car definition: art cars include cars shaped like something other than a car (e.g., a shoe, giant skull), and cars with extra-ornate objects glued or welded all over them (e.g., dolls, taxidermy, rusty junk). We include “shock rods” in this definition which are cars clearly built for shock value. Many “rat rods” fall into this category. If your car would look at home in a Mad Max movie, it falls into this category. This is not traditional.
Project and Race Car section:
The “Project” cars section is meant to give people a chance to show off their work-in-progress if the car isn’t quite driveable yet. This space will also be available for dragsters and other race cars that are not street legal. All project cars must be pre-approved. Contact Hellfish for details.
Bikes must be traditional-looking choppers, bobbers, or pre ‘78 cafe racers. This also means:
1. No art bikes
2. No stock bikes
3. No twin cam Harleys
4. No new Indians, Buell, Big Dog, or West Coast Chopper/OCC style bikes
5. No aluminum wheels
6. No wide rear tires
If you are not sure what these criteria mean or you’re unsure if your car fits, look at pictures of cars from our previous shows or email us with specific questions. We reserve the right to refuse entry to any vehicle that we feel does not fit the spirit of the show.
Absolutely no stuffed animals or cry baby dolls!
In order to get everyone in and parked quickly, there will be no reserved parking. If your club wants to park together, you must arrive together.
There is plenty of parking in front of the gate for the cars that aren’t let in. There is always quite a show on both sides of the gate! If your car, truck, bike or scooter gets get turned away at the door, don’t take it personally. We still want you to come and have a good time with us.
Here is a map showing you where to go.