Silver City Slamfest, September 17th, 2011


SCS091711 065Close to 150 trucks, muscle cars, classics, rat rods, tuners, Harleys and sport bikes – the whole spectrum of show vehicles – and live music filled Hubbard Park on Saturday as Disturbed Images hosted the Second Annual Silver City Slamfest to benefit the United Way of Meriden-Wallingford.

Dave and I caught up with Disturbed Image’s member Bruce Barrett as he exited a golf cart, but had only a few minutes to chat since he was needed elsewhere. “It’s been a long and busy day, but we are pleased with the attendance,” said Bruce.

The park setting acted like an amphitheater with the stage at the bottom and the vehicles parked on the surrounding slopes. We saw many standout vehicles, including a slammed VW station wagon done in satin black paint and a Chevy wagon with a striking two-tone paint scheme. A fabulous lowered copper metallic Scion XB made the trip from New York and looked extra sharp with a body kit and black graphics.

Joining the many great cars on show, the East Coast Lowz of Connecticut Car Club was well represented by the blue Chevy Impala of Cisco Saez, the slammed orange truck of Thomas Simpkin and Brian Shultz’s purple-and-white Chevy Impala that sported a tiny chain link steering wheel, a skull shifter on the column and Chucky in charge of the hydraulic controls on the roof. Hard Hitt’n Lowz Vice President Tom Martin and his 1963 California-gold Impala joined them on a hill overlooking the show.

The stunning “Hoodlum” rat rod looked and sounded superb as it rumbled to the stage to be judged in the high/low competition. A Bay State BMW in white with Lambo doors deserved a second look. A green and slammed truck, aptly wearing a license plate that read “DEFLATED,” represented the Exceeding Limits Truck Club from Long Island, while a fab slammed Chevy on big alloy wheels was a definite favorite of Dave’s.

We enjoyed the High/Low Competition for the highest and lowest vehicles in the show. I figured I’d need back surgery to get into some of them and others would require that I use a stepladder.

This was one of those shows where Dave and I ended up with a case of whiplash because we found eye-catching vehicles no matter where we looked.

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