I'm probably the luckiest "show promoter" in the world. I get to do a show that NOBODY cares if it rains & everybody proved Saturday what badasses you all are! Thank YOU so much for letting me make the Invitational work, if you didn't show, it wouldn't work. This was the Showdown I would prefer to do, but the museum does not benefit anywhere near as much, so I guess I'll stick with they original plan. Friday morning we set up our camper and nobody really much showed up! It was so nice Friday not having to deal with the instant little city that usually happens for the Showdown. We had a handful of campers, hung out & had a good time (thought I'd be lying if I said I was not a little nervous). We had also quit a few people call/email that they could not make it...hmmm. Saturday morning comes & my trusty (though light) crew shows up...and people trickle in, no line at the gate starting a 4 A.M., nothing. There again, turns out to be kinda nice as none of my volunteers have to really have to bust their ass to make it happen. Finally cars roll in & I start to relax. I've forgotten how much fun it was in the earlier years, not trying to figure out where to put a line of cars that extends out on the road when the parking is full, no rockerbilly wanna be drama in the camping area...though they have learned how we handle that & either dont show up or have gotten with the program, no crying over "why cant my car get in", trying to get people to not drive through the big muddy hole from hell in the infield, normal show stuff. As it turns out I enjoyed myself! Had a chance to actually look at the cars I invited & 85% or so actually showed up, thank you. We really do have some great cars here when get to look at them as a single group. Got to stop & talk with some people...more than "thanks for coming, how have you been". We were just about ready for our first "real" hot rod track time, all the cars on the track together, and then THE RAIN!! Everyone hung in...we had a great time after because we know how to make the best out of what we have...it's REAL hot rodding! Thanks to the 700 or so people that showed on a god awful hot July Saturday to make something special happen. Thanks to the guys & girls that have helped me make this show run pretty smooth for 10 years. Thanks to Ryan & the HAMB for being here. If a show works, you will know it by the response here. Also is the single place I've met most of my hot rod buddies all over the country (and I'm sure it is the same for you too) Pretty amazing when you think about it. I promise there will not be another Invitational...though I would not be too scared at this point. O.K. maybe if I make it to 20 years! Makes this one a little more special if you were there, huh? And my one big sorry to you after my long winded post, REALLY sorry we couldn't get that track time in. It would have been so cool for everyone to see & hear the sprints, stockcars, & midgets/modified run in groups. PLEASE come back for the Convention to watch them run if you are fairly close emmr.org The Showdown Drags are gonna kick ass this year with the Lyndwood gathering, altered wheelbase running together, East Coast Gassers and YOU racing! See you there!!