The 4th Annual Bone Yard Rejects Car Show & Swap Meet
By Scott “Scooter” Strenzel
Scooter became really hyped when he got the invite from the main man Mark Cryer to be at the 4th annual Bone Yard Rejects Car Show & Swap Meet Sept. 22 at the Will County Fairgrounds in Peotone, IL. This excellent facility and any of its event organizers just seem to get things done right. The Bone Yard was true to its reputation and then some. In fact, if you have not yet put this show on your list, best be getting to it for next year. I sat in with Mark and the superman for a mega number of Illinois events, Mr. Rodney Brockman of Tri Chevy fame, as they verbally conjured up some cool additions that will take place next year. I’ll hit the high spots of what was brought up. The young guys and gals of the Lost Saints Car Club had good numbers from their membership. And these guys and gals are not tuner car owners. I saw them driving vintage iron such as a 1959 Ford, a 50’s panel truck, a ‘60-’61 Chrysler with pinstriping, a black and red 60’s Ford Fairlane and a couple more. This club has 98% of its cars setup with gigantic flame throwers. I’m talking the kind that actually raises the overall temperature for 50 feet or more of a surrounding area when they light them up. And as for the picture show, they were asked by Mark to go to a safe area and let their big dog run or rather burn. They were so impressive and such a crowd pleaser, that Mark is working on having them back next year as an advertised event at next years Bone Yard Rejects happening. There was also serious talk of a good DJ and/or an old skool band, maybe some more handmade awards and a bunch more really cool surprises yet to be worked out. Watch for the 2014 announcement on this event.
My take from being there to do this article is that Bone Yard wants to become a big rat rod and traditional rod and custom event that’s also open to, muscle cars, stock restored cars and just about any other class or style of car that you can drive in the Will County complex. This is a nice way to do events; cater to a special venue and also let us all enter so we can share our fine rides with spectators and be able to hang out and have fun and make memories. Plus, as anyone from anywhere near Will County knows, the swap area vendors will be having those hard-to-find parts and pieces for just about any car made. Also, I experienced a very large number of “Scooter’s Garage” Auto Round-Up readers. They stopped by my Auto Round-Up canopy and asked about the “rest of the story” for some of my stories. Many offered up ideas of what to cover or talk about in future “Scooter’s Garage” articles.
I also was happy to have Mark Cryer from his Winning Colors Powder and Header Coatings Company sponsor my 3-foot tall Scooter’s Favorite Youth’s Ride Award. It went to a nice young man with a red 1961 Falcon by the name of Michael Litt. After talking to him and his brother and father I learned that he happens to be a member of the Bible Beaters Motor Club as mentioned below.
In addition to the before-mentioned fun stuff, I had to put on the feed bag. I am impressed with the excellent and varied food that is available at Honey’s Caterings concession trailer that’s always at Will County. As I gulped down some yummy BBQ and egg rolls, after that settled, I continued meeting and talking with the car owners and spectators by the dozens. I couldn’t help but notice a large presence of area car clubs in attendance. As in cars and members from the Tri Chevy Club, Lost Saints, Marauders, The Bible Beaters Motor Club and a couple or three more. I even had fellow “Scooters Garage” readers Hank and Heath Schlueter (the father son combo that hold many records at the New Port, IN hill stop) and tell me this event was cool. As we talked after the awards had been given out, we couldn’t help but notice the mini party going on down the one row of cars that were still there. It was like this: An oldies station was blaring out the tunes and the car club members in attendance twisting and jitterbugging with every age club member that there was, just like back in the day of fun and good times with old cars. Gee, what a novel thought. Be there next year.