Midnight Mass is a huge car show put on by The Original Poor Boys Car Club and takes places somewhere in Sacramento each year. This was their 4th ever and my 2nd. Midnight Mass officially runs from 4 PM to Midnight extending usually from the hotel parking lot of various ball rooms and conference centers.
Last years was held at the Marriott in Rancho Cordova. At the end of it all, the hotel was trashed with empty beer cans, bottles and various cups everywhere, including the bathrooms. The actual car show section was quite small and the vendors were stuck in a small ballroom with the band. My dad's booth was joyously located 5 feet from the stage and whenever the band was playing we couldn't do any business. But it was still a fun night.
So we decided to do it again this year. We left the house at 11:30 AM this year, learning from last year's mistake of leaving too late. It's about an hour and 15 minute drive to Sacramento. We stopped in Vacaville for a burger at In N Out (got to try the Animal Style for the first time, very tasty), and then headed to Sac.
We got to the Radisson in Sacramento at about 12:00, parked the truck and began to unload to set up. The parking lot was already starting to fill up with the rat rods, hot rods, jalopies, rust buckets, and cruisers. This time we were in a small conference room away from the bands, who were outside. With us in our section were two tattoo parlors (who were doing tattoos and piercings during the show) and a jewelry booth. In the next conference room were two other tattoo parlors and some shirts dealers. Outside in the courtyard were the rest of the vendors, mostly clothing and car parts.
It took us about an hour to setup. It was very hot in Sacramento yesterday and it was torture having to go out into the heat, then back into the air conditioned room, then back into the heat. We were setup by around 1:30 PM, the show was not to officially start until 4 PM. We still had plenty of customers, as most of the people who had cars for the show were also staying at the hotel.
The Radisson is a very hotel and it was a much better venue then the Mariott from last year. They had plenty of security to keep the rowdy car show goers in check. The grounds was a lot bigger and a lot easier to navigate. I hope the Radisson will have them back next year. If I end up doing the show again with my dad, I'll suggest to him we stay at the hotel, rather then driving home at midnight/1 AM.
I came to the show mainly to take pictures, as I love taking car pictures even if I'm not that great. So after resting after the setup and getting myself settled in my corner, I decided to go out and take some pictures. I took a whopping 123, the most I've ever taken in one day on my digital. And here is the results.
You can visit my Flickr page to see higher resolutions (you can also click each image), and by all means if you wish to see the original 2592 x 1944, feel free to post here or PM me
First off, we were next to both the "Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor" and the "Cartel Ink Shop", both groups were rowdy at first, but as the night went on, we seemed not to notice them. They had a lot of work, and the buzzing of tattoo needles were heard all night.
Here is a picture of Lisa, the piercing artist from Cartel. She was very friendly and went around introducing herself to all the people in our conference room. This was actually my last picture of the night, taken during take-down.
Now onto the cars! Any car geeks who know what a specific car is, tell me so I can tag them as such on Flickr!
Ford F-100. Believe it's a 1962
R.Fs. (Rat Fink) Limited on the back of the above truck
The common car seen at a car show like this
Though, this is an even more common sight
I nearly tripped over that tail fin
This is what I expected to see the most of, a classic "rat rod"
Most people at this car show haven't even painted their cars yet
The engine of that last car
I wish the cars weren't parked so close in most parts, as this was a beauty
Many cars had their hoods completely off rather then just up
Artwork inside the car
Coontz (or is it Goontz, not really sure) hood
Which I believe belonged to this car
One of my favorites from the show
Inside that coupe's engine
This truck is from my hometown of Vallejo
The inside is really detailed with pin stripe art, and this fantastic stick
This one must've just gotten it's bodywork finished. I really like the flames popping up
I think this is a Chevelle, but I'm not sure
The entrance to the conference where we were is right across that street. This car's little trunk cover was quite cool.
This guy came with his roof rack loaded, one thing was a 24 pack of beer, which nearly every car had.
I really like the color of this car
To be continued...