Well what can i say, we tried real hard... just got overwhelmed by the crowd The show itself went well, lots of good cars, things flowed well, the spectators backed up traffic for miles and miles. Big giant thanks to the Red Shirt Army(tm), you guys really really got leaned on hard this year, some couldn't handle the intense battle and broke ranks and fled, some just didn't show up, but he guys and gals who hung it out.. really really did a great job. They were the rock.. the solid foundation that the pileup is built upon. Thank you, not just from the Chrome Czars and Catherine.. from the bottom of my heart, i personally thank you for your hard work and endurance. I also want to apologize to you for the abuse you had to put up with from the nasty nasty people who showed up. The type of person who "gets" the point of the pileup.. well, they were all inside.. those people.. gold chainers, rednecks and general malcontents were there for the freakshow.. not the pileup. Things went real well in the morning, cars went in easily, by 10:00 the lines were down.. by 11:00 most of the show cars were in. Spectators started backing up traffic about this time, the lot reached maximum capacity around 12 - 1, interstate 80 had a 1-1/2 mile backup, 47 was backed up for miles in each direction. In order to facilitate the traffic flow we had to shut down admission into the lot.. they needed to get 47 flowing in order to get the cars off I80. The idiots who couldn't get in to the lot decided to pull over and park on the side of the road.. backing up traffic further. At the same time, people in the pileup decided they need to go home for a late lunch.. around 2:00 and they started trying to leave.. so things got even more backed up. We turned cars away from the pileup for about 3-1/2 hours..i estimate that the crowd potential could have been 25,000 if the parking lot was big enough. I would be happy if none of them showed up. Remember when the spectators at the pileup were the people who drove their cars? The crowd was nasty mean..Queen Eileen shut down t-shirt sales early because of the evil people and the things they were saying when they found out all we had left was womens shirts. The cars that showed up were awesome, from what i saw.. things are getting better in that area. The usual mix of rat rods and traditional cars.. less art cars. The cool thing is, is that some of the rat rod cars are making the cross over into real respectable traditional rods now. I saw more than a few cars that are making that move, things are being re-fabricated, rubber skulls and rats are being removed, real working brakes.. and wiring .. real paint and windshields and being added. People are working on them. That makes me happy, as it is my personal mission to educate the masses on the evils of rat rods. Ratty and rusty is a fad that is gladly dying. I want to thanks Catherin "DW" for being a huge help and the Czar Buffer (so we don't kill each other the day of the show ) I want to thank my Czar brothers who step up to the task every year, without fail and for believing in what we do. My girl Queen Eileen, for feeling my pain, and for her hard work managing the t-shirt sales, and putting up with assholes and still having a smile on her face. I also want to welcome two new Chrome Czars, we jumped them in friday night at the pre-party. Ryan Largo, you might know as "lowpunk" and Brian Noonan. Good guys you can lean on in a pinch, they stepped up on saturday with no warning and filled in the gaps for us.. great work guys. That makes 9 of us now. A small maroon army. Because we had to shut down the gates early, and everything costs more (stoopid economy) nowadays, we may not be able to come up with the 25g's we donated to charity last year.. i hope we do..we will see how that works out in the coming weeks. I want to apologize personally .. to all those who couldn't get into the show, its unfortunate, but we couldn't help it. Thanks for coming to support us. My personal message to all those that were nasty or were bitching online. Its simple... don't bother coming, we don't want people like you around. We can do this without you. Another note, big ups to the Morris Lions club, they had a great swap the Sunday after, i didn't get to go.. but i heard there were some sweet deals to be had. It was good to see and have help from all the midwestern clubs out there.. Vagabond, Kropdusters, VooDoo Kings, Suedes, Blacktop Barons all you guys make the pileup great.