8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Talbot County Community Center
EASTON — Hot rod fans will have a chance to marvel at more than 200 custom cars Saturday, April 27, when the 15th annual Jalopyrama comes to Easton.
The show will feature 60 pre-1963 era invitation-only cars inside the Talbot Community Center, with additional cars set up outside.
This is the first year the event will be held in Talbot County. Jalopyrama is hosted by the East Coast Hot Rod Preservation Alliance and the Rusty Nuts Hot Rod Group, and has grown in leaps and bounds during the past 14 years, starting as a much smaller show in Glen Burnie in 2004.
Jalopyrama is the brainchild of Mike Szuba and is modeled after car shows held inside armories in the 1950s and ‘60s. Szuba is a “lifelong hot rod guy,” who spent his childhood building models and began remodeling his first hot rod at 19 years old.
The show started as a fundraiser for the Providence Center, raising money for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“I wanted to produce a traditional, old-school hot rod show, because that was a dream of mine. I’ve been a lifelong hot rod guy,” Szuba said. “My youngest brother had Down syndrome, and my dad did a lot of fundraising for the Providence Center. When my father passed, all the fundraising went away with him. So in 2004, I picked up his torch and started to raise money.”
This year, the show will benefit four local Talbot charities: the Arc Central Chesapeake Region, Benedictine, Mid-Shore Recovering Veterans Group and Talbot Hospice.
“I want to help a local charity, one that has helped me and my family, and it’s very important for me to give back to the community we are involved in,” Szuba said. “I can’t believe the support we’ve received from Talbot County, and I want to make sure that what we’re doing really impacts the community that is being so generous to us. Over the past 14 years, we’ve raised about $170,000 for charity.”
Tickets are $10 per person; children under 12, active duty military and law enforcement are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.