Malaise muscle sneaking into the DMC event
Well, show season and normal are back. Among the cars there were also smiles and hand shakes. Dead Man's Curve is a car club turned event business with a huge presence in the north east and probably known nationally among the serious hot rod crowd. They throw an epic three day event each year to wind down summer, with other events during the year.
"a big family who shares the same passion for cartoon hot rods"
Their focus is hot rods and rat rods with their shows having a 1972 and Older rule on signage and posters. The DMC guys had an event this past Saturday at a drive-in theater. A gear head brother told me the 1978 Dodge Super Coupe shouldn't have a problem getting in. Dave was correct, they were happy enough to wave me in and take my $20. There were other malaise era machines on sight. Another Mopar 360 V8 in the form of a Lil' Red Express truck. A few non-chrome bumper Corvettes and a C4. An AMC Eagle four wheel drive sedan but not much else. Again no surprise, a DMC event is going to be heavy on hot-rods, rat-rods, Tri-Five like stuff and muscle cars, with a few genuine classics. Old foreign stuff gets in to, spotted a Jag E-type and flaired-out pre-fox body Capri, various air-cooled VW stuff. Modern Challengers, Mustangs and Corvettes were relegated to the spectator parking lot. I doubt my 1999 Trans Am would have gotten in, it's in that gray space of not quite classic yet but not modern anymore. There was a little swap meet and a magician. A DJ with deeper cuts than just doo-wop, I mistook Make Your Own Kind of Music by Cass Elliot for something by Petula Clark. Decent grub from the on-site drive-in concession stand, a couple of iced coffees felt good on a warm morning.
The drive to the sight was great with the windows down and the sunroof open. The old normal and car season are back! Get out and enjoy it.
Find out more about DMC: Classic Car Club, Events & Shows | Northern New Jersey | Dead Mans Curve, LLC (deadmanscurveusa.com)
John is a GenX car enthusiast who grew up driving classic muscle cars. He enjoys the new modern muscle cars that can out perform the classics in every way. In the sportscar world his banners are Viper and Corvette. John has a guilty pleasure. The disco era street machine. Those unloved, underpowered cars festooned with scoops, spoilers and stripes.