Keystone Madness is a Vans and Truck event hosted by Performance, Inc. A club based in Pottstown, PA. This is an annual event held every third weekend of September. This year’s theme was “End of a Dynasty…The Last Duck Race.” They have attendees from up and down the East Coast, the Midwest and Canada. This year they even had an attendee from Norway. There were over 215 attended plus the host club and vendors. I attended as a vendor and a Cool Rides Champ ambassador. The event ran from September 18-21. Throughout the weekend there was entertainment from games for kids and adults alike. Thursday night was a one man band performer who invited audience members to help sing along. Some of this was great to hear. Some, well not so much. One of the clubs that attended, North Chesapeake Bay Vans, held a meet and greet. There were free hot dogs and adult beverages. It was well attended and received. Friday night there were 2 bands playing back to back so there was non-stop music.
Saturday was the Show and Shine. There were 54 vans, panels and pick-ups in the show. 2 beautiful Ford Panels and early 60’s Ford vans. Also 2 early 60’s Chevy vans. Gorgeous interior work including some great wood-working and upholstery work. Several murals on vans with 2 murals done on 70’s Dodge’s back in the early 80’s by one of the top air-brush artists of the time out of PennsylVANia, Harold Harnish. A beautifully muraled later Dodge depicting the history of vanning and dedicated to the memory of fallen vanners over the years. The vans name is “In The Blood” and it truly is in the blood to be a vanner. I can personally attest to that. I did not bring our van so she was not in the show as I was vending so no Nautique in the show or pictures.
On Saturday afternoon they also had the 10th and final Duck Race. This is a charity race in which people buy ducks of various colors. They are all numbered and prizes are given out to the winning ducks. The ducks are all dumped into a creek that runs through the grounds. This race was started after the passing of one of their members whose nickname was Duck. It is the end of an era.
Saturday evening the awards were given out to the winners in the Chevy, Dodge and Ford categories for the vans and trucks. The top awards presented were the Best Interior which went to a 1960 Ford F-100 4×4 Panel Truck called “Puzzled” owned by Bob Tierney. Best Paint/Exterior went to a 1976 Dodge Van called “Armed and Crazy” owned by Kevin Barnhart. Best of Show was presented to a 1977 Dodge Van called “Stallion” and owned by Mike Stuprich. The oldest vanner in attendance was 79 and the youngest was 3 weeks old. I presented the Cool Rides Online Sponsors Award to a beautiful 1957 Ford F-100 Panel called 1 Bad F and owned by Kent Reinert.
This is a great event hosted by a great group of people/vanners. If you are able to attend this event next year, you should truly try.
By: Phil Martin – nautic1
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