Models, Monsters, & Motors 7

An Event Review by Larry P. Madden

modelsThe article, “Models, Monsters, & Motors 7: Glamour, Ghouls & Gearheads” by Matty Day in the September 2016 issue of FRANKLY Green Bay was an eye-catching cover story. So much so that some of my friends and I decided to attend. The outing was a combination of fashion/modeling and a quality car show, featuring vehicles ranging from classics to rat rods. To add to the ambiance, auditions for the Beja Shriners’ Haunted Spook House on Bond Street began and WOZ scratched the vinyl and kept everyone’s toe tapping.

Hot-rodding entered the American lexicon in the 50s, although the art of making internal combustion engines run faster is almost as old as cars themselves. Many hot rods were assembled in back lots from homemade parts and ideas and this need for ingenuity captured the fancy of a cross-section of Americans. Coming from an Indian family with a salvage yard, I watched and later participated in this phenomenon with my older cousins and have watched other family members follow suit.

While cruising through the lot, I was able to strike up some conversations with builders and owners of rods and rides in the show. I noticed the show had a strong showing from the Oneida hotrod contingent. One such exhibitor was Mr. Russ Powless, whose Chevy from a bygone era had an eye catching flame job. He was awarded a trophy for his efforts.

For me, seeing the works of art these men and woman displayed was equal to any art gallery tour. I will also say that some of the professional models were a joy to watch as they could create a theme or fit in flawlessly with the style of auto by changing costume or color combinations. They were as varied as the iron on display—tall, short, young and old everyone had a theme. I saw Rosie the riveter, car club girls from the fifties, space age costumes, and southern bell hoop skirts. The bevy of beauties all seemed to enjoy the chance to have both professional and amateur photographers catch their magical moments with autos and motorcycles from all different eras. Some of the veterans of this 7th year affair had multiple costume changes and knew how to create a buzz by matching eras and colors. Together with a myriad of ghouls and goblins, including a particularly creepy clown, the day was a perfect mix of ghoul and glamour.

With Mr. Day’s article being my inspiration to attend, I found FRANKLY Green Bay to be a fine source of art in our community. If you enjoy a nice day with friendly people of all types, plan to attend the Beja Shriners Models, Monsters, & Motors 8 in 2017.

Larry P. Madden (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Wisconsin) was born and raised in the Sturgeon Bay area. A recent graduate of CMN, he enjoys the Powwow trail and strives to maintain balance on the red road.