Likewise, the North Texas Mustang Club likes getting its name in front of thousands of AutoRama attendees.
“In fact, I would probably say we have gotten more (new members) from AutoRama and the Dallas dealers show in the spring than we did at the old Fort Worth (Texas) hot-rod show,” said Craig Grant, a past president of the club and chairman of the all-Ford show in the summer.
The show typically has more applications to enter cars in the show than it has space, and this year about 60 had to be turned down.
“We also would like to have some younger members, and that’s another part of the show, exposing your club to lots of people,” said Don Kemp, president of the 40-year-old Arlington (Texas) Area Street Rods. “And I think they will keep coming to the show.”
As the national economy continues to improve, Championship remains optimistic, even as it adjusts to the sudden, unexpected loss of its CEO.
“(Larivee) and I had been partners for 20 years,” Toundas said. “But the shows are bigger than either of us. We miss him a lot, but the shows go on.”
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