Show Features

The 2019 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama was one to remember! Take a look at our Showstopper for a full review of the show. Click HERE to check it out.

“If you’re 1 to 100, you will see something you’ve never seen before like an Army tank to a show car that’s worth well over triple figures!”
Chris Overfelt (Salem, VA)


The 2020 Show is right around the corner. Click HERE for the Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama Schedule of Events.

CAR CLUBS
Car Clubs in attendance at the Piston Power Auto-Rama are unlike any other Auto-Rama shows throughout the circuit.  Each year, these clubs are encouraged to display their cars around the different themes of the show each year.

FATMAN’S INVASION
A new addition to the show, Fatman’s Invasion adds a lot of horsepower to the South Hall. From Euros, Imports, Sport Compacts and Low Riders to Modern American Muscle, Car Clubs and more, Fatman’s Invasion is taking over the South Hall with more than 100 vehicles.

HOT ROD ASYLUM
The Hot Rod Asylum, hosted by the Slick Devils Car Club, features vehicles including cars, trucks, hot rods, vans and Kustoms, Nostalgic Race Cars and/or vehicles that have a nostalgic appearance.

JOHN SHAPIRO CRUISIN’ TIMES
The show honors the founder and publisher of Cruisin’ Time Magazine, John Shapiro, each year with more than 50 hand-picked cars displayed proudly on John Shapiro Cruisin’ Time All-Stars on Thunder Row.

MODEL CAR CONTEST
This contest is a hit at the Piston Powered Auto-Rama. Contestants for the model car contest bring their hand-crafted models to the show as they compete in 10 categories for cash and trophies. Every participant received a ribbon for their entry.

PERFORMANCE SHOPS
There’s excitement each year with Performance Shops at the show. The opportunity is exclusive to nine sponsors who showcase their products and services in front of the 50,000+ piston-powered enthusiasts attending the show.

HOT RODDERS OF TOMORROW ENGINE CHALLENGE
This event itself resembles the tear down between rounds at a drag race.  Students must properly disassemble the engine using hand tools only. Engines are reassembled once again with correct assembly procedure and torque specs, all while being viewed by judges and spectators.

KRAZY PAINT
Our friends at Krazy Paint bring one of the nation’s top panel jam’s to the Piston Powered Auto-Rama. With more than 70 celebrity artists from the across the country, they paint everything from fine art panels to toilet seats, which are on display for auction or purchase.  In 2019, Krazy Paint raised $47,612.00 going to the Career and Technical School Foundation.

VENDORS & SWAP MEET
The main floor welcomes more than 80 swap meet tables and 70 toy modeler/collectible tables. Attendees looking to buy  hard-to-find classic automotive parts and/or memorabilia the vendor and swap meet area is the perfect place for any collector.

PIN-UP CONTEST
The Miss Piston Powered Cleveland Auto-Rama Classic Pin-up Contest (40s/50s ) rocks the stage Saturday, March 14th with confident, strong women. In 2020, the Pin-Up Contest will be in its 8th year!

CAREER DAY
On opening day, more than 1,200 students come the show to learn their ABC’s where they attend, build and compete all weekend long. Those in attendance have the chance to meet renowned car builders, industry representatives and sponsors.