Jalopy Jam-Up Hot Rods Pack Frontier Ghost Town

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The Annual Get together is the Place to see Canadian Rods

By Chuck Vranas Photography by the Author

There’s nothing more fun than taking a long drive up a desolate dirt road to make getting to your destination a blast, especially while on your way to check out a long-lost ghost town. The promoters of the Jalopy Jam-Up (including Jeff Norwell, Brandon Roberts, and Jay Tyrrell) have brought a wicked good time to the sleepy town of Durham, Ontario, Canada.

Set in the rural confines of Frontier Ghost Town, the property spans over 100 acres and it’s a place like no other. Originally established as a dude ranch in the ‘70’s the grounds eventually morphed over the years into the ghost town, a place where plenty of film production companies have captured endless types of action.

As you roll into town, you’re immediately flanked by small rustic structures representing the bank, general mercantile, town jail and outfitters which can actually be rented for the weekend if you’d like the full experience. Continuing onward, Main Street acts as the epicenter of the event where you’ll find the saloon and weed and feed buildings. Finally, when you roll past the chuck wagon, the property opens up with long rolling fields for plenty of parking to support the party as well as campers and motor homes.

This is a unique event dedicated to showcasing pre-1964 traditionally styled hot rods and customs built to reflect eras from the ‘40s through the ‘60s. Once everyone is settled in, the two-day get-together showcases close to 400 hop-ups from all over Canada and plenty of U.S. states as well. It flawlessly blends kustom culture and classic vendors along with a neat swap and plenty of adrenalin-fused rockabilly music.  Dedicated to showcasing some of the region’s finest talents, visitors were treated to searing sets from The Hell-bent Rockers, Tennessee Voodoo Coupe and The Greasemarks who tore the stage up into the late-night hours. This is one event you won’t want to miss! You can check it all out at jalopyjamup.com. MR

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