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Car Show: Midwest Motorheads Rumble into Rod & Kustom Weekender

Midwest Motorheads Rumble into Rod & Kustom Weekender

Symco, WI
Saturday, August 8, 2020
After months of car show cancellations, hot rodders in Wisconsin finally had an event to go to the second weekend in August. The Symco Rod & Kustom Weekender took place the 6th thru the 8th at Unionville in Symco, Wis. That’s the name of an antique village where the annual event is held. Unionville has a bank, a post office, a blacksmith, a saloon (in the 1896 Town Hall building), a church and an old IGA grocery store.
The Rod & Kustom Weekender is more than just a car show. It includes a riverside vintage camping area, a pin-up girl contest, mini-bike races, burnout and flame-throwing exhibitions, a panel jam, a swap meet and 12 bands pounding out rockabilly music. All went off successfully and pulled in a sizeable crowd of participants and spectators.
Covid-19 concerns were addressed by making attendees aware of CDC guidelines via the show’s Website and supplying hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations throughout the grounds. Picnic tables near food stands were also covered with plastic.
Shows of this type have been held at the Symco location for the past 11 years and this year’s event was neither the largest or the smallest. There were somewhat fewer cars and shorter lines for food, but there was a good turnout of exhibitors and participants and the spectator count probably made Symco the biggest show that will be held this year.
There were some great hot rods in the pack, including ’40 Fords, Deuce Coupes and “woody” wagons. Some makes that stood out were Hudson, Pontiac and Willys. Several kustom Mercurys were seen including a pair of “Rebel Without a Cause” streamliners and a Carson-topped red-and-white lead sled called “Suzy Q.”
Mixed in with the modified cars and trucks, were stock models up to 1960 vintage and motorcycles from 1969 and earlier. Some members of the Union Thresherman’s Club, which maintains the grounds, tooted around the village in their antique steam-powered tractors. There had to be close to 80 vintage trailers in the nostalgic camp grounds setting.  It being a hot August weekend, many of the campers plopped tire tubes and kayaks into the cool river water and to go for “a sail” downstream.
The success of Symco is always measured in fun and this year it seemed like people were having lots of fun by getting away form the pandemic lifestyle for at least one weekend in August.
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