Tom Medley and Bud Bryan stayed at the Peoria Sands, the show's headquarters. At the crack of dawn, the day before the big event, Tex Smith and his late wife, Peggy, motored over to Tom and Bud's digs. To their utter surprise, street rods littered the parking lot. "I woke Tom up," said Tex, "and pulled the curtains of his room open, and, looking out at the parking lot, Tom said, 'Holy ...'" Tex had been the field director with NHRA and Peggy had handled the registration at the drags. Peggy talked to the motel manager, and he had some folding tables they could put up in the motel parking lot. In short order, registration was open. Tom, in turn, had accumulated some catalogs from various West Coast street rod companies, and Louie Senter of Ansen Automotive Engineering had donated some bags that Tom brought along. As the folks registered, they were each given a bag with some catalogs.