Traditional hot rods and custom cars and live roots-rock music fills the Suede Palace at the Grand National Roadster Show every January, but the same thing takes place several weeks earlier when the Rhythm Collision Music Festival and Car Show comes to Riverside, California. The event kicks off on the first Friday of the new year with a concert featuring numerous well-known rockabilly, R&B, blues, swing, surf, and C&W bands. The hot rods and customs show up on Saturday, filling the top levels of the Riverside Marriott parking garage with with pre-1966 traditionally styled rods, customs, trucks, drag cars, and early motorcycles.
Since the Rhythm Collision car show started in 2014, several vendors have become regular supporters of this retro hot rod show, notably PPG which also sponsors an award. Illustrator Max Grundy and pinstriper Herb Weber are annual regulars, displaying their artwork. Vintage apparel vendors have also become a popular part of the event too. Music during the car show is strictly vintage, provided by DJs and live bands.
Axle Idzardi, the guy who organizes the Rhythm Collision, is well-known in West Coast hot rodding as the man behind the Suede Palace and the Suede Pavilion at the Sacramento Autorama. Many local car clubs are faithful participants at this event. The Throttle Kings club has been especially involved, hosting the Rhythm Collision car show since the first show in 2014.
The Rhythm Collision has become our favorite way to ring in the new year. Take a look at the 90-photo gallery to see why. Also go toto find out the secrets to organizing a successful event.