Frequently Asked Questions

2019 FAQ

Q. What can I expect at the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama?
The 2019 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama will celebrate its 53rd year in Cleveland at the I-X Center, March 15 – 17, 2019 under a new theme!!!

In 2019 Cleveland continues its reputation as an “All-Star” City. In March, Cleveland will play host to the Summit Racing Equipment Show I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama where the All Stars are the Cars!!! In July, the Cleveland Indians will host the 90th All-Star Game at Progressive Field! Two All-Star events in one All-Star City!

New for 2019 will be the Fatman’s Invasion of South Hall, featuring Euros, Imports, Sport Compacts and Low Riders! Participants can register their vehicle(s) by getting applications at Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge or online at All registered vehicles will be $50/per vehicle in 2019. The show is will be awarding a $10,017 cash prize for the Summit Gold Cup winner in 2019. 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 overlaps on Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend.

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. What about tickets and kids pricing for 2019?
Ticket will be $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under will be free in 2019. Tickets will go on sale on Black Friday, November 23, 2018. Discounted tickets will be available at select locations 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. 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. Kids 12 and Under FREE.

Q. When will you start taking applications for the 2019 show? How do 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 started taking applications on Friday, July 13, 2018. Like always, there is an application for theMain Floor including the all new the Fatman’s Invasion of South Hall, the Hot Rod Asylum and the Motorcycle Pavilion. They will be available on-line at and will also be available at select locations. There is a box on the application to check if you are requesting one of our 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 John Shapiro 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 2019?
For 2019, we would like to “encourage” all the Car Clubs to theme their areas as part of the Cleveland All Star City theme. There are two reasons that we ask you to theme your area: 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. In 2018 we increased the number of clubs that receive prize money from three to five (see below). In 2019 we increased the cash awards:

2018: Cash: Car Clubs
Best Club Display $300
Outstanding Club Display $150
Outstanding Club Display $150
Outstanding Club Display $150
Outstanding Club Display $150

2019: Cash: Car Clubs
Best Club Display $1,000
Outstanding Club Display $500
Outstanding Club Display $500
Outstanding Club Display $250
Outstanding Club Display $250
Important Dates and Deadlines: Show dates for 2019: MARCH 15 – 17, 2019

Friday, June 1, 2018: Invitations sent to Car Clubs from Auto-Rama Friday, June 29, 2018: You must notify Steve Legerski ( or
216-265-2514) of the number of spots you are requesting.
Friday, July 13, 2018: Start taking show applications from the general public for the 2019 show.
Friday, March 15, 2019 Opening of the 2019 I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama.
Car clubs will be receiving a discounted ticket offer that can be sent to all of your members too. That will come from Cyndee Young ( our Group Sales Manager for the show!!!!

Q. What about the motorcycle area?
The motorcycle area will be featured on the Main Floor and like 2018, we will be inviting some of the top bike builders from across the country to be part of the show.

Q. You had the Model Car Contest over the last two years. Is that coming back?
Yes it will be back in 2019. Same deal as last year. All model(s) need to be submitted by 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 16. 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. You guys do a lot for the community? What happened in 2018?
The show set yet another new record by raising over $45,000 for Krazy Paint’s charitable partner, The Career and Technical School Foundation (CTSF). The annual event held during the Piston Powered Auto-Rama brought together pinstripers and other automotive artists creating Hot Rod and Rock N Roll Art, which is sold and auctioned off throughout the weekend. This year’s show raised $45,164 for the CTSF.

The show was also proud to announce its partnership with Wags 4 Warriors in the Designated Military Zone, also known as the DMZ. Throughout the weekend, Wags 4 Warriors demonstrated service dogs that take care of our Veterans for a variety of needs from sleep disorders to supplying much needed company. The dogs are paired with individuals who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms, physical, neurological, psychological and/or mobility needs.

Q. What about commercial space? Will you have the Swap Meet and Toy Modelers back in 2019?
Yes we will. There are a limited number of slots for vendors for 2019. There are only 90 10’ x 10’ booth spaces available on the Main Floor. There are 84 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 2019.

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. 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 my Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal?
The I-X Center allows service animals at the I-X Center. Emotional support animals are not allowed at the I-X Center. Service animal defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA: A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals either. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. It does not matter if a person has a note from a doctor that states that the person has a disability and needs to have the animal for emotional support. A doctor’s letter does not turn an animal into a service animal. 

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. 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 and the Zip Line be operating?