Cleveland, Ohio – When we sent our ace photographers Will Schertz and Katie Rockman to the annual Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama this year, they had a simple assignment:

“Take pictures of all the unique cars, trucks, Jeeps, hot rods, race cars, classics, exotics, tractors, boats, motorcycles, tanks, and whatever other cool rides you find at the show.”

Suffice it to say, one photo gallery wasn’t enough to contain the awesomeness they returned with.


white chevy el camino ss iroc custom
From the GM “What If?” collection? Maybe. While we know Choo Choo Customs made modified El Caminos like this, most of the ones we’ve seen use an El Camino front end. Do you have any insight into this unique Camaro/Camino mashup? Let us know in the comments section. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
1989 ford mustang LX 5.0 foxbody at car show
If you’re into wicked awesome Fox builds, check out this SEMA feature on a Twin-Turbo 7.0L 1986 GT. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
1978 silver anniversary 25 chevy corvette
Thanks to the nose emblem, we know this is a 1978 Corvette Silver Anniversary edition—commemorating 25 years since the Corvette’s launch in 1953. You may enjoy our expanding series on Corvette history here. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
1929 autocar garbage truck
Here’s what garbage collection looked like in the 1920s. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
ls swapped nissan 240z pro touring
Like what you see? Check out another LS-Swapped Z-car here. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
modified 300zx z32 twin turbo
Speaking of incredible Nissan Z-Cars… (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
vintage indy midget racer
From what we can tell, this was a former Indy racer—after all, Indianapolis is just a few hours away from Cleveland where this show takes place. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
lifted ford show truck
Plenty of awesome trucks were on display as well. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
cockshutt 540 vintage farm tractor
We will never not photograph a vintage tractor. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
vintage farmall cub tractor
Told ya. And this Farmall’s interesting because it teases the name Cub—which International would then evolve into its Cub Cadet line of mowers. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
1968 international travelall
Or, if road-going Internationals is more your thing… (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
orange audi r8
The show also brings in a smorgasbord of late models and exotics too. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
1932 ford hot rod 3 window coupe
Thinking about a hot rod build? Start your project here. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
1959 dodge custom royal lancer convertible
With its angelic setting and corresponding paint job, this 1959 Dodge Royal Lancer could almost be considered the alter ego of a certain other 1950s Mopar. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
1950 allard j2 competition
This is a 1950 Allard J2, an open-top V8-powered roadster from the U.K. This particular car came stateside without an engine, so a period-correct Chrysler 331 Hemi now resides under its hood…err…bonnet. And if you’re into vintage British roadsters powered by American V8s, you might enjoy this article on the Sunbeam Tiger. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
1950 willys supercharged wagon
Of course, American cars powered by America V8s are OK too. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
1967 pontiac gto show car
Or American cars with Italian names powered by American V8s—whatevs. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
mercedes tuner kompressor
Or…last one, we promise…German cars with a Japanese turbocharged sixes. (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)
custom mercury cougar eliminator
If you want to learn more about the Cougar’s fabled “Eliminator” package, read this story on an Eliminator Cobra Jet. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
vintage mercury comet muscle car
Speaking of ‘Mercs, this Comet was parked nearby too. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
vintage dodge muscle car with 413 v8
This motor inspired one of our favorite Beach Boys songs, actually. (Image/Summit Racing – Katie Rockman)
pontiac safari wagon hot rod
Finally, we’ll wrap up with a 1955 Pontiac Sedan Delivery hot rod—because who doesn’t like a good wagon? (Image/Summit Racing – Will Schertz)