Frequently Asked Questions

2020 FAQ

Q. What can I expect at the 2020 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama?
The 2020 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama will celebrate its 54th year in Cleveland at the I-X Center, March 13 – 15, 2020 under a new theme!!!

What’s in store for 2020? All roads will lead to Cleveland for Piston Powered March Motor Mania at the 2020 Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama. March 13th – 15th, 2020 at the I-X Center featuring the Hot Rod Asylum, Gasser Madness Machines and insane show cars and bikes from across the country. The show will be kolored by Krazy Paint! If a piston makes it go, it’s in this show!

Q. What about tickets and kids pricing for 2019?
Ticket will be $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under will be free in 2020. Tickets will go on sale on Black Friday, November 29, 2019. 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 2020 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 12, 2019. Like always, there is an application for the Main Floor including the Fatman’s Invasion of South Hall, the Hot Rod Asylum and the Motorcycle Pavilion. They will be available online 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.

Motorcycle area?
The motorcycle area will be featured on the Main Floor and like 2019, 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 2020. Same deal as last year. All model(s) need to be submitted by 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 14. 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 about commercial space? Will you have the Swap Meet and Toy Modelers back in 2020?
Yes we will. There are a limited number of slots for vendors for 2020. 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 2020.

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. 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?