The R&C staff is reporting today from State Fair Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, where we're celebrating the 12th R&C Americruise. It's the first day of the show, but for those of us from the magazine and a whole bunch of hot rodders and custom car enthusiasts, this event has been going on for almost a week. Two separate road tours (sponsored by TCI Automotive and Air Ride Technologies) left SouthernCalifornia and North Carolina last Saturday and arrived in Lincoln yesterday. Today, instead of tossing our luggage into our hot rods and hitting the road again this morning, we decided to stay in town for three days of activities and fun with 1,500 of our closest friends.
State Fair Park is familiar turf for Americruisers. Rod & Custom first brought this rolling car show here in 1995, and we've come back to Lincoln six times since then. Why? Maybe it's the central location smack dab in the middle of America. Maybe it's this expansive tree-lined, cruiser-friendly facility. Maybe it's the fact that this is a hardcore car town that treats hot rodders like special guests whenever we drop in.
The fact that we're not back out on the highway today doesn't mean that we're not keeping things moving. In addition to all the rods and customs weaving through the streets of the fairgrounds, there are some first-time competitive events taking place over in the parking area. We've got an Autocross Course set up and are having a ball watching participants run their cars and trucks through the cones. Not far from there, we've set up a Go & Whoa! course. This event goes way back to the Seventies and combines acceleration and brake testing into one crazy competition. It's wild. And at noon, participants starting filling our pre-judging area for the first ever Rod of the Year and Custom of the Year competition. Today the R&C staff will be choosing the 10 finalists (five rods and five customs) who will be put to the test tomorrow. Check back on Saturday to find out which cars made the cut.
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