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CRO Champ Phil Martin at Keystone Madness 2015

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Keystone Madness is a Van and Truck show and is held every year on the third weekend of September. It is held at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds in Summit Station, PA by the club Performance, Inc. out of Pottstown. This year’s theme was “Going to the Dogs” and even included a dog show for the attendees and their four legged companions. Sorry, no cats allowed. The weather for the event could not have been any better from the time I arrived on Wednesday until I left on Sunday.

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There were bands on all three nights as well as games for kids and adults alike during the day. There were numerous vendors selling a variety of items. I was set up on vendor’s row selling my usual van toys and miscellaneous other items. I had the Cool Rides Online banners flying high as well. The Gold Eagle products took center stage at my booth. I handed out a lot of samples and literature as well as CRO certificates and info. I’m hoping to see several people sign up soon!

My Sponsor’s Choice Award pick for this year was a Dodge Van called “In the Blood”. It was painted up with several current and past show vans on it as well as camp scenes from events. The van is owned by Bob Bundy from New York and has a portrait of him on the back saluting our fallen vanners of which several names are painted on there as well. He was thrilled that I chose his van over all of the others in the show. I presented him with the Cool Rides Online crystal award as well as a bucket of STA-BIL® and 303® products.

The van show awards were presented to the winners of the various classes and the one who won Best of Show was Jim Keely with the “Shawna Marie” named Chevy Van. You may remember from my blog entry for the All Truck Nationals that we had chosen his van for the CRO award. I guess we can pick them. The work that he has put into this van over the years is amazing. The mural that was done by Ed Beard is an amazing rendering of ships at sea. He also had a spare tire disc painted by Ed Beard just recently which was presented to Jim there with 2 ships in battle and one ablaze all the while the eyes of the “Shawna Marie” are looking down on the battle. Amazing work. Also while Ed was there at the event he was doing some painting on a van called “Plum Loco” which is a train-oriented van. He was painting on the brace under the hood on top of the grill. There was amazing detail on the train.

Performance, Inc. does a wonderful job at their Van-In. If you happen to be in the area next year at the same time, stop by. Bring your van or your truck and stay for the weekend!

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