Frequently Asked Questions

2018 FAQ

What can I expect at the 2018 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama?

The 2018 show will take place March 16 – 18, 2018 at the I-X Center with ‘When Cleveland Rocks, Auto-Rama Rolls” as the theme. The Auto-Rama will go bumper to bumper with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony by welcoming the event back to Cleveland when it returns in April 2018. The show will start taking applications on July 10, 2017. Application will be available at Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge, Ohio or on on-line at

All registered vehicles will be $50/per vehicle in 2018. The show is will be awarding a $10,017 cash prize for the Summit 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 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!

What about tickets and kids pricing for 2018?

Tickets prices will remain the same as 2017. Ticket will be $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under will be free in 2018. Tickets will go on sale on Black Friday, November 24, 2017. 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.

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.

When will you start taking applications for the 2017 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 Monday, July 10, 2017. 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 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.

What about the Car Clubs for 2018?

For 2018, we would like to “encourage” all the Car Clubs to theme their areas as Rock and Roll Diners and/or create a Rock and Roll theme (honor a certain artist or a certain genre of music or pick one of the inductees from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum or dress up as a certain band or artist). 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, like last year, we have increased the number of clubs that receive prize money from three to five (see below).

In 2017 local car clubs competed for Best Car Club where the winning club took home the $300 grand prize while the four runner-up club received the Outstanding Club Award and $150. Car Clubs themed their areas as Vintage Gas Stations or Drive-In Movie Theaters. The winners that were crowned were:


Motorheads Club                                Best Club Display                               $300

North Coast Mustang Club of Ohio   Outstanding Club Display                   $150

Northern Ohio Chevelles Club           Outstanding Club Display                   $150

Northshore Racing                             Outstanding Club Display                   $150

Sewer Rats                                          Outstanding Club Display                   $150

Timing & Deadlines:
Tuesday, June 1, 2017:
          Invitations sent to Car Clubs.

Friday, June 29, 2017: 
           You must notify Steve Legerski ( or 216-265-2514) of the number of spots you are requesting.

Monday, July 10, 2017:  
        Start taking show applications from the general public for the 2017 show.

Friday, December 1, 2017: 

Friday, March 16, 2018          Opening of the 2018 I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama.

What about the motorcycle area?

The motorcycle area will be featured on the Main Floor and like 2017, 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 as follows: $2,500 for the Duck Award winner, $5,000 Best in Show, $1,000 Outstanding Bike. Thunder Roads Ohio will also present the People’s Choice Award based upon attendee votes.

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 2018. 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 17. 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.

You guys do a lot for the community? What happened in 2017?

The Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama set a new record this year by raising over $35,000 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 Art, which is sold and auctioned off throughout the weekend festivities. This year’s show raised $35,676 for the CTSF to help kids. “Once again, our Krazy Painters knocked it out of the park,” said John ‘JC’ Carollo from Krazy Paint. “This time, they raised almost $10,000 more than last year. Our artists love coming to this show and rank it their favorite.”

The 2017 Summit Racing Equipment Pedal Car Challenge returned monies back to seven local high schools who competed in the competition:

Berea-Midpark High School                               1st Place                     $150
Euclid High School                                              2nd Place                   $95
C.D. Hylton Senior High Woodbridge, Virginia  3rd Place                   $160
C.D. Hylton Senior High Woodbridge, Virginia                                    $160
Lorain County JVS                                                                                  $115

Bedford High School                                                                              $150
Portage Lakes Career Center from Uniontown, Ohio                           $100
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center                                                             $610
*Cuyahoga Valley Career Center                                                           $2,200
*The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center customized a 1955 Pedal Car to honor John Shaprio from the Crusin’ Times. This eight car was auctioned off and the proceeds were donated to the John Shaprio Scholarship Fund.

What about commercial space? Will you have the Swap Meet and Toy Modelers back in 2018?

Yes we will. There are a limited number of slots for vendors for 2018. There are only 90 10’ x 10’ booth spaces available on the Main Floor. We have four official sponsorships available, too. 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 2018.

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.

How much is Parking?

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

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.

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.

Is there an ATM available?

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

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.

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.

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.

Will the Ferris Wheel and the Zip Line be operating?


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.

Is there a first-aid station?

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

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


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.

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.

What is the show’s policy on Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals?

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.