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Highlights of the All American Car & Custom Motorcycle Show

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The best in custom cars, classics, and hot rods were on display over the weekend at the 2013 All American Car & Custom Motorcycle Show. The event held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds attracted thousands of car and motorcycle enthusiasts. The hundreds of cars on display represented some of the finest in custom designs, classic restorations and entertaining rat rods. Vendors for car accessories and services were also on hand to show off their products.

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The custom cars on display represented some of the most creative designs and technical accomplishments available on the car circuit. From the custom 1950 Ford chopped with frenched headlights and custom grille, to the extreme customizing of a 1948 Buick Roadmaster, that reportedly retained only the dashboard as original equipment.

Many cars were so immaculate that they were placed on car stands with mirrors strategically placed so guests could appreciate the quality and attention to detail of the undercarriage. The variety of cars at this pre-1973 all American theme covered the range of American car manufacturers.

A number of examples of the finest in antique cars were on display to include the innovative 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton convertible. Only 612 of these cars were produced. The car on display by Ed Howe clearly demonstrates how advanced E.L. Cord was in his thinking and automobile production. While 1937 was the last year for production of the Cord by the Auburn plant it has a timeless beauty in the design styled by Gordon M. Burhrig. Some of the advancements and adoptions of existing technology are the front wheel drive, hidden door hinges, hideaway headlights and vents in the hubcaps to cool the wheels and brakes.

Other antiques of style and grace were the 1932 Lincoln KB Phaeton 12 cylinder engine. This was one of the smoothest riding vehicles at the time with its 145-inch wheelbase. A red 1940 Packard convertible was also a favorite of viewers at the car show.

Vibrant colors, pinstripes, and glossy clear coat brightened the entire room. One of the most creative applications of art on a car is on the 1971 Camaro billed as “The Sharpie Pro Street Camaro”, by Steve Mele with artwork by “Pinstripe Chris”, Chris Dunlop. The unique designs, covering the entire car, is done entirely by freehand using only Sharpie markers, no rulers, templates, or stencils are used.

Look for the return of this amazing display of history, innovation and quality cars and motorcycles next year.

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