By John Wells
After several years of bad weather, it seemed like Mother Nature would finally shine a friendly face on the Iron Invasion 2015.
Just the day before, the forecast showed 55 degrees and partly sunny. But alas, the weather stayed true to the past, cold and windy, only reaching a high of 45. That did not stop the hardcore hot rod, kustom, and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts from coming out to gather at the season-ending show, though.
Over 600 hot rods, customs, and cycles packed the McHenry County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Illinois, on the first Saturday of October. The location is ideal since it’s centered in the middle of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Rockford, Illinois. In addition to the cars and motorcycles, the vintage motocross was a highlight for many as well. Of course, one of the crowd favorites at this show is the do-it-yourself stunt show where drivers have the opportunity to take their own cars out and do some donuts, shoot some flames, or some crazy burnouts.
Five building were filled with feature cars and motorcycles, vendors, and car club displays. The main stage, centered in the middle of the buildings, hosted live bands, and the always popular Maiden of Iron pin-up contest.
The Tin Butchers CC made sure that the vintage swap meet ran smoothly and the Tin Militia were busy non-stop helping guide the volunteers. Without them, the show would have been chaos!
Overall, the show was a success and the prep work for the 2016 Iron Invasion is already under way. We hope to see everyone at the McHenry County Fairgrounds on October 1, when the Iron Invasion returns with even more action. Details will be announced on www.ironinvasion.com as they become available.