For the second year in a row, the Salem Roadster Show saw record crowds, and along with attendees being treated to the Best of the Best, they also got a second show to attend, and the opportunity to see 5 amazing and diverse vehicles compete for the inaugural Pacific NW Emerald Award.
Matt Ward of Grants Pass took home the amazing eagle sculpture trophy and a check for $1500, with his candy apple red 1964 Chevy C10 pickup. The multi-faceted voting structure of the award came down to one point between the top two competitors, with only Wards vehicle being identified as the awards winner. Sponsors of the award: Weston KIA/Buick/GMC, Precision Body & Paint, Roddin & Racin Magazine, Better Car Shows, The Insurance Garage, PDX CarCulture, The Salem Roadster Show, Amazing Creations, along with five randomly selected exhibitors, five randomly selected attendee to the show, and a professional car show judge were all given ballots to rank the five contenders from 1 to 5. Those scores were then tallied, and the lowest point total took home the award. When the award was presented, Ward shared how the build was in memory of his Son Bobby who had passed away. Even the show promoters Bob Symon and Greg Roach did not know the winner until the envelope was handed to them to open. It was a touching moment, and the other four contenders all embraced Matt’s win.
During the award ceremony, Bob and Greg also made two significant charitable donations to two worthy charities in attendance. Vince Castronovo with Wake the World Oregon was the first recipient. Wake the World takes kids in foster programs, or who have a parent that is incarcerated, out to local lakes for a day of fun on the water. The impact of what they do is tremendous, and Vince was humbled to receive the donation. The other donation was presented in a unique way. DJ for the show Russ Strohmeyer was called up to read the next charitable organization, only to learn that it was his own Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Foundation that provides scholarships to young people with average grades in school, in an attempt to give them the opportunity for a college education. The foundation is named after his Son Brent who was an active car kid that was killed in a car accident.
Once again attendees were treated to a whole new batch of 100+ cars in the Jackman Long Bldg, has it was completely packed. The comments on social media after the show were all in appreciation of being able to go to a show and not see the same cars over and over again, and for the quality of the vehicles. Kudos to Bob and Greg for making their annual trek up and down the west coast in search of new cars to be the Best of the Best.
Next door in the Columbia Building was a whole new show! The Salem Unique Street and Car Culture Show was a huge hit, and had exhibitors leaving with a big smile on their faces, and the attendees were happy with the opportunity to see vehicles that they normally would not see in an indoor show. Presenting Sponsors Carolina Kustoms and Stereo King both had great displays highlighting what products and services they had to offer. Both said they would love to do it again. Carolina Kustoms unveiled their latest build, a really cool second generation Nova named Root of All Evil, along with a first gen Nova convertible that highlighted the quality and type of work they are capable of offering their clients. Stereo King had just about everything you could install in a vehicle for audio, security, and even remote vehicle starting. They have a really cool Viper and Dan Coburn’s Impala in their display, showing off the work they have done on each vehicle.
The show had everything for everyone. From RacinTuners, lowriders, rat rods, classics, modern muscle, motorcycles and even an electric bicycle from Lux Performance. One of the surprises of the show was the presentation of the Vintage Air “Young Builder Award” to a young lady with a white Mazda RX-7. Vintage Air Dealer Dave’s Car Stuff explained that it was a new award given to someone 23 or younger, and will be given out around the country. Dave through the Salem Roadster Show was fortunate enough to be the first in the nation to present it.
Thanks to the local clubs that were represented in the show, and helping to bring that unique mix of rigs; Pacific Style, Columbia River Camaro’s, the Uniques Car Club of Oregon, the Outbreak Car Club, The Impala’s of Portland and Oregon Coast, Devin Hoskings from the Red Door Meet, and all of their friends that came to support them.
Bob and Greg would like to thank all of the sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and attendees. It’s really impressive how they still seem able to top each previous year’s show. Be on the lookout for info on next year’s show at www.salem-roadstershow.com. And be sure to check out the You Tube channel of Rides Done Right for upcoming videos and interviews from the show. You can also find photo galleries of both shows on www.pdxcarculture.com.