The Red Shirt Army could take over the world. They are all rulers. I am willing to bet money when I say that they are the best army of volunteers that any car show has had.. ever. Yes… EVER! Like I always say, my own personal Red Shirt Army™, buy them a beer next time you see someone in that red shirt, thank them for the awesome show.. they did all the heavy lifting. Wear your shirts proudly.. There are a bunch of people throughout the years, who were around working the whole day.. and weren't even part of the red shirt army.. our wives and girlfriends, and some of our close friends.. they just stepped in and handled stuff for us when we didn’t have anyone else. Diane (Kansas’ wife), Queen Eileen, Amy (Lucky’s wife), Stephanie (LowPunk's wife) all handled major areas of the show at one time or another. Thank you. Catherine (D.W.).. the best “Den Mother” a car club could have.. she kept us on the straight and narrow.. called bullshit when it needed to be called.. beat down a bunch of alpha males.. and was a integral part of the pileup.. for the last 6 years. The show would be a smoldering heap of a train wreck without her. Her ability to manage chaos and make it look like everything is right... is amazing. She was the lynch pin that we needed.. and we leaned hard on her... really hard. She really deserves a high five. Thank you Catherine. My Chrome Czar brothers. The ability to carry the weight of the pileup.. on the backs of our club.. is pretty amazing. It speaks volumes about the strength and character you have. I am sure it would have broken up other groups.. but because you are so committed to Traditional Hot Rodding.. and each other.. we were able to pull through a stronger better club than before. Joe Hellfish. Joe and I started the Chrome Czars and were a founding force in the Pileup and a foundation for its life. We divided up the tasks and Joe took over all the major operations of the pileup when we moved to Decatur and really busted his ass. You all need to thank him, he deserves a big round of applause and a pat on the back. He did a great job, and is a role model for the Czars and fellow hot rodders. If were were giving out trophies Joe would get “Best Ruler Ever”. So what do you say about something like the pileup now that’s its over? After 10 years? Its sad in a way.. like Chris50 says.. its a family reunion that we bring cars to. Its that one time a year where we get to see each other all together.. look at what each other has built or worked on for the year. Get inspiration, ideas, make connections, friends, and trades and sales.. and a little tipsy. We all have made friends with people online on the Czar board, the HAMB and other sites and the pileup is the one place where you meet face to face. Handshakes and hugs.. parts shuffling from one trunk to another.. beers exchanged. Good Times. I am glad too.. because now the Czars will have time to transition from a club that works on more shows than cars. A club that spends its time building cool shit.. drinking beer and being friends... instead of having meetings to plan/organize/debate/argue about the pileup. Talking about building stuff.. but not having enough time because of pileup stuff to do. We did our 10 years.. we carried that torch. I challenge other traditional clubs around the world.. start your own pileup style show.. your own traditional hot rod event. If you don’t know how.. volunteer to help another show or club out.. ask the Czars what worked. We will all get behind you. It does not have to be a big giant show, just something that you can do as a group.. show your commitment to each other and to the hobby. Pick up that torch.. shine the light so others can see.... fill the pileup void. Corporate shows suck, there are not enough car club shows. Thanks for a great 10 years everyone. See you at the other shows.