Last month, as stay-at-home orders proliferated and as notices of in-person show cancellations flooded email inboxes and Facebook timelines, car show organizers, museums, and clubs turned to virtual car shows – complete with judging and awards – to fill the downtime. Now, as questions about what our post-pandemic new normal start to arise, some car show organizers are beginning to envision a future in which virtual car meets become more common.
“In all honesty, desperation is part of it,” said Brad Brownell, one of the co-founders of RADwood, which hosted its own virtual car show in April. “People were looking for an outlet and this is part of it.”
As someone who’s been working at this glorious website for the better part of this decade now, I don’t often run into total surprises anymore—especially overpowered American ones from the Radwood era. You can be forgiven for not knowing what the Pontiac Tojan is. I didn’t either, until this Carfection video dropped yesterday. But it is a truly bananas machine that deserves more attention.