Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why limit the commercial space?

Two reasons. One: We understand that our attendees work hard for their money and expect to see a LOT of Piston Powered vehicles when they walk into the show. We have and will continue to deliver value to them. That’s a promise!!! Two: We limit the number of commercial vendors to maximize interactivity between each vendor and all of the attendees.

Q. What about commercial space? Will you have the Swap Meet and Toy Modelers back in 2017?

Yes we will. There are a limited number of slots for vendors for 2017. There are only 90 10’ x 10’ booth spaces available on the Main Floor and 20 10’ x 10’ booth spaces available in the Hot Rod Asylum. We have four official sponsorships available, too. There are 70 swap meet tables and 70 Toy Modeler tables available. Last year, all the commercial space was sold out and we expect the same to happen in 2017.

Q. What about tickets and kids pricing for 2017?

Tickets will be $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under will be free in 2017. Tickets will go on sale on Black Friday, November 25. Discounted tickets will be available at select location for only $18 and once again, we’ll have our deepest discount for the Military at the box office only. Group rates are available, too.

Q. In 2013 you had a dyno in the show. Any plans for 2017?

Yes, we are working to have a dyno competition at the show between all our Performance Shop sponsors. As we see it now, each shop will have a few cars that will compete all weekend long.

Q. You guys do a lot for the community? What happened in 2016? What about 2017?

The 2016 I-X Center Piston Powered Auto-Rama set a new record this year by raising over $25,500 for Krazy Paint’s charitable partner, The Career and Technical School Foundation. The annual event held during the show, brought together pinstripers and other automotive artists creating Hot Rod Art, which were sold and auctioned off throughout the weekend festivities. The 2016 Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pedal Car Challenge Presented by Summit Racing Equipment returned $2,605 to seven local high schools who competed in the competition and our efforts to honor our Vietnam Veterans raised over $5,000 to help pay for a van that will transport the Veterans from the Cleveland Fisher House to their medical appointments. The 2016 featured a Vietnam War Tribute: 50 Year Commemoration Display & Military Vehicle Display. A combination of Piston-Powered Vietnam era vehicles and over 300 photos and illustrations from the start of the Vietnam War to its end. We will be working with all these groups again in 2017 and ask that anyone that comes to the show to help support them, too.

Q. You had the Model Car Contest over the last two years. Is that coming back? The Coloring Book Contest back again for the kids?

Yes it will be back in 2017. Brett Woods-Hill and his team ran the contest last year along with his Mom Maki Wood-Hill who ran the PPG Coloring Book contest too. Same deal as last year.

All model(s) need to be submitted by 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 18. Judging will take place Sunday morning with the awards beginning at 11:00 am. All models must be picked up by 6:00 pm Sunday. Any models not claimed at the close of the show, become property of the I-X Center Piston Powered Auto-Rama.

Q. What else for 2017? Leno coming back?

We are working with the Slick Devil’s to recharge the Hot Rod Asylum, we are working with the International Master Bike Builders Association to bring in the top Bike Builder’s from across the country. The Concourse will once again be hosted by the Northern Ohio Car Club Association in association with the East London Timing Association from London Ontario, Canada. A few favorites will be back this year including the Cleveland Soap Box Derby hosting another competition, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, our Career Day with its competitive events and the Pedal Car competition. The Pin-Up contest will be back with a special twist and could be featuring a Rosie the Riveter theme (if we get the B-29). We have invited Jay Leno to film an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage here at that show. We are waiting to hear.

Q. What about 2017? What will be special about the show???

Since this is the next 50 years of the show, we will be going, “Forward to the Past” to celebrate the next 50 years of Auto-Rama: 2017 – 2066. By offering the larger prize money, we feel we will get some of the top show cars from around the country PLUS, we are working to bring Doc, the B-29 to the show. It has been a formidable task for the Doc crew to get it airworthy. Hopefully for them and us that will happen soon!!! There is a LOT of history with the B-29 and the I-X Center. It will be a GREAT story to tell (with a little luck):

 

The I-X Center was built in 1942 as a General Motors-operated factory and was used to build bombers during World War II as the Cleveland Bomber Plant. For a time, it built the wing assembly for the B-29 Superfortress, then the experimental XP-75. In its heyday, the plant employed 15,000 workers, many of whom lived in housing projects built on Triskett and Berea Roads and rode to work in a CTS bus dubbed the “Bomber Bus.” In March of 1945, B-29 No. 44-69972 (now known as Doc) was delivered to the U.S. Army.  About five months later another B-29 was used to drop two atomic bombs on Japan, eventually leading to Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II. In July of 1951, Doc was assigned to radar calibration duty, along with a few other B-29s. The squadron was known as the Seven Dwarfs. In May of 1955, Doc was assigned to target-towing duty and in March a year later, Doc and the rest of its squadron became targets for bomb training at China Lake, California. For 42 years, Doc sat in the Mojave Desert serving as a target for the U.S. Navy. In 1987, Tony Mazzolini found Doc and began plans to remove and eventually restore the B-29 warbird to flying status. It would take another 12 years before Mazzolini and his team would be able to take possession of the airplane from the U.S. government.

Q. When will you start taking applications for the 2017 show? How do the Bike Builders get to be a part of the show?

We start taking applications Monday, July 4, 2016. Like always, there is an application for the Main Floor, the Hot Rod Asylum and the Motorcycle Pavilion. They will be available on-line at www.pistonpowershow.com and will also be available at select locations.  Have the Bike Builders contact Show Manager, Steve Legerski at slegerski@ixcenter.com or 216-265-2514. We only have 10 feature areas and they will go FAST!!!!

Q. What about the motorcycle area?

The IMBBA and the motorcycle area will be featured on the Main Floor and like 2016, we will be inviting some of the top bike builders from across the country to be part of the show. Our prize money will be the same as 2016 which includes the $1,500 for the Duck Award winner, $1,000 for the Pro Builder winner, $1,500 Best in Show, $1,000 2nd Place and a $500 3rd Place cash award. We expanded the judging category to include a Custom Paint & Airbrush category too. Thunder Roads Ohio will also present the People’s Choice Award based upon attendee votes.

Q. When will you start taking applications for the 2017 show? How do you apply to be one of the featured cars in the 20’ x 20’ areas? What about becoming a Crusin’ Time All Star and being featured on Thunder Row?

We will start taking applications on Monday, July 4, 2016. Like always, there is an application for the Main Floor, the Hot Rod Asylum and the Motorcycle Pavilion. They will be available on-line at www.pistonpowershow.com and will also be available at select locations. There is a box on the application to check if you are requesting one of our 51 featured spots at the show. Those vehicles MUST have a display that may include stanchions, carpeting, lighting and signage as a bare minimum. The cars that become a Crusin’ Times All Star and are featured on Thunder Row are selected by Crusin’ Times as part of the summer car shows.

Q. What about the Car Clubs for 2017?

We are offering a $10,017 cash prize for the Gold Cup winner in 2017. Our goal has always been to make this show better and better and to be able to attract more show cars every year. We believe that this cash prize (which will be the largest ISCA cash award in the country) will bring those cars and builders to us. The theme of the cash prize will be the “Pot of Gold is in Cleveland” as the show opens on Saint Patrick’s Day. For 2017, we would like to “encourage” all the Car Clubs to theme their areas as Vintage Gas Stations (a continuation from the 2016 theme) or Drive-In Movie Theaters. Two reasons (which are the same as last year) One: We want to keep the show fresh so it’s not the same look from year-to year with the same cars. Two: We want to include this theme in our advertising campaigns. We will start accepting applications for the 2017 show on July 4, 2016. All registered vehicles will be $50/per vehicle in 2017. In 2017, we will also increase the number of clubs that receive prize money from three to five. The 2017 payout will be as such:

Best Club Award $300
Outstanding Club Award $150
Outstanding Club Award $150
Outstanding Club Award $150
Outstanding Club Award $150

Q. What can I expect?

The Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama Presented by Rad Air Complete Car Care and Tire Centers will celebrate be going “Forward to the Past” to celebrate and launch the next 50 years of show in Cleveland at the I-X Center on March 17 – 19, 2017.

 

The show will start accepting applications for the 2017 show on July 4, 2016. All registered vehicles will be $50/per vehicle in 2017. The show is will be awarding a $10,017 cash prize for the Gold Cup winner in 2017. The cash prize will be the largest ISCA cash award in the country. The theme of the cash prize will be the “Pot of Gold is in Cleveland” as the show opens on Saint Patrick’s Day.

 

REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE FOR ’17, MAKE SURE IT’S CLEAN WITH A GLEAM, IT’S A MEAN MACHINE AND PRISTINE AND IT MAKES A SCENE WHEN SEEN, WHETHER IT’S GREEN, TANGERINE, CREAM OR EVEN AQUA-MARINE AND REMEMBER WE ARE LOOKING FOR VEHICLES THAT HAVE BEEN UNSEEN!!!

 

The show is working on plans to bring Doc, the B-29 to the show. Doc is a B-29 Superfortress and only one of two B-29’s that are flying in the world, and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II.

 

With more than 1,000 custom cars, trucks, bikes, tractors, military equipment, and vintage aircraft, it’s the largest show of its kind in the world!

Q. Do you have a Military Discount?

Yes. Eligible member or spouse (but not both) may purchase up to 6 tickets, provided one is used by the purchasing member/spouse. Tickets are available to active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses. Must show Current, Retired or Dependent Military ID to receive discount. Veterans must show DD214. Limit 6 tickets: At I-X Center Box Office only.
General Admission at Show $15
NEW For 2017: Kids 12 and Under FREE

Q. How much is Parking?

$10. Cash or credit is accepted for parking fees. Motorcycle parking is free courtesy of Ohio Bike Week.

Q. Are Wheelchairs or Strollers Available?

Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge. A photo ID must be left with the attendant to secure return. There are no strollers or wagons available to rent; however, you may bring your own.

Q. Can I bring in my own food or beverages?

No outside food, beverages, coolers or sack lunches are allowed in the facility. For your convenience, we have numerous concession stands and bistros which carry a variety of food items including hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, deli sandwiches, salads, french fries, pretzels, assorted snacks, and more.

Q. Is there an ATM available?

Yes, there are ATMs available in both the East and West lobbies.

Q. Do you offer shuttle service?

The I-X Center does not offer shuttle service; however, if you stay at some of our partner or surrounding hotels, they may have shuttle service available for I-X Center patrons.

Q. Can I use a credit card or personal check to purchase tickets?

We do accept major credit cards at most shows; however, we do not accept personal checks.

Q. Do you have a paging system?

The I-X Center does not have a paging system. Please be sure to designate a meeting spot and departure time for your group.

Q. Will the Ferris Wheel be operating?

Yes.

Q. Is there a lost and found?

During the show, all items turned in are taken to the Show Office where you purchased your tickets. After the show, all items are placed in customer service who can be reached at 216-265-2500.

Q. Is there a first-aid station?

Yes, there is one located in each lobby staffed by paramedics from Southwest General Hospital for all events.

The I-X Center is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building. Designated smoking areas are located outside the venue. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

In accordance with Ohio’s “concealed carry” law and the right for private entities to ban handguns on their premises, firearms and other weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on the premises of the I-X Center.

Q. Can I get my hand stamped so I can leave the building and return the same day?

Yes.

Q. Can I smoke at the I-X Center?

The I-X Center is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building. Designated smoking areas are located outside the venue. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

Q. What is the I-X Center’s concealed carry policy?

In accordance with Ohio’s “concealed carry” law and the right for private entities to ban handguns on their premises, firearms and other weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on the premises of the I-X Center.