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Last weekend I took a cruise out to the Symco Shakedown in Symco WI. Where the hell IS Symco WI you ask? Great question… look it up… its out in the country, on the grounds of what can only be described as a restored village of antique buildings, gas stations, bars, grocery stores etc etc etc… I wont lie, it was very nice to just cruise on an over cast day through the farmland of this beautiful state I am fortunate enough to live in… haulin’ ass down the road with some Hank III cranked as I pass by corn fields, bean fields, dairy farms and small towns ; even saw a parade kicking off complete with about 20 tractors and combines, high school marching band, and local politicians out shaking hands. Perfect picture of the heartland…

I snapped a few pics while I was there and thought Id share… Oh and by the way I stayed for a few hours checking out the scene, cars, bands, booths etc etc etc… I left before I had to much fun sitting in the awesome restored bar with rock a billy band blaring away with $1 cups of PBR and $5 dollar pitchers… just when you think I have no self control…



  1. I love these pictures, especially the B&W images.

    I’m not into old cars, or collecting them, but I really like these shows. Out here, they usually take place in the parking lot of a Best Buy or furniture store, and it’s wall-to-wall collectibles. It’s great to see people take such pride in something that they’ve devoted so much time to. And you can tell by looking at some of these that there was an equal amount of wrench time as there was body time.

    What’s most unique about this show is that it’s in the middle of America! Gotta love that. It’s got that Original American feel to it. And if you don’t like that, I have to question your patriotism. 😀

    • gambler72
    • Posted August 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm
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    How about it… and thanks for keeping up with it Phil… whats most interesting about these rat rods is that you can never tell if the folks have $1000 or $15,000 in them but youre right alot of time and dedication…

  2. Thanks for stopping by the show, i’m glad you had a good time!

    • Tom
    • Posted August 13, 2009 at 8:41 am
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    We had plans to make it there, but had a conflict in schedualing. Looks like a great time and we’ll be there next year for sure!
    “The Dawg Catcher”

    • Krooser
    • Posted August 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm
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    Thanks for the nice review of the Shakedown!

  3. That looks real fun, I love Americana with a passion.

    • Nerdboycool
    • Posted September 4, 2009 at 12:01 am
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    It was a great show Bar None !! and Im glad to see my 57 ford delreo wagon in a few posts on the symco cite . great pics lots of cars were there great time hopfully we can talk them into having a flame throwing contest next year Ha Ha Ha . anyways great picks !! Y.T. Nerdboycool

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