A Passion For Leadsleds at the James Dean Run

     Updated 16 December 1999. URL is http://our.tentativetimes.net/nostalgia/rebelrun.html

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Mostly Many Mercurys

Car Show Entry Details below.

I left my heart in a field of Mercurys. The Mercs have gone home. Here are some of the most beautiful cars at the eighteenth annual (1997) James Dean Run in Fairmount, Indiana. Otto took 14 rolls of film.


I learned the name of this show is not Rebel Run, but the James Dean Run. So for the authentic Rebel Run, be sure to contact LeRoy Robyrebelrun@wcoil.com

The Rebel Run location is the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio. The dates for the year 2000 are September 14th through 17th. There’s no way I can change the name of this page, because there are too many links to it. But I know the Fairmount car show is the James Dean Run. This page was made in October of 1996 when I didn’t know anything.

The James Dean Run car show is sponsored by the Cluster Busters Hot Rod Club of Indianapolis. They will send Otto a list of winners. They promised. Two other car shows run simultaneously, one in Gas City and one in Muncie. Some cars enter two shows. I stick with the Mercurys. Mel Klimas is trying to teach me to spell it right with a "ys" instead of an "ies." But I slip up.

My favorite car in the whole show, Fast Eddie’s pearls and gold-dust baby. Owner Ed Lepold says it’s a favorite of women. I made an entire page for this one car. No picture can do it justice. If I owned it I’d sleep in it every night. A toast to Fast Eddie, one of the Top Twenty Mercury winners this year.

The Barris-plated and crested car was parked just outside Mr. Barris’s display. He must have had a hand in it. You too can buy his how-to books and make your own kustom. Start **now**! Send photos!

     This rich chocolate and white Merc holds a lot of promise. I can’t wait to see it finished. The cars that aren’t yet done are so exciting, ’cause you can put your own dreams on them. Well, Fast Eddie is the **most** exciting car, but unfinished cars are great too.

Not a Merc, But Cute

    I couldn’t resist a car the color of orange sherbet.

Enter Your Car

Send the pre-entry fee of $15.00 before September 1 to:

James Dean Run


Fairmount IN 46928

The gate-entry fee is $18.00. Your information should include your name, the date, your address in full, club affiliation, shirt size (medium, large, XLG, XXLG, XXXLG), make of car, miles driven to the run. There is also a small contract to read and sign, so you had better send for the whole official entry, and send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request.

Telephone help You can telephone Steve Thompson at (317) 898-0522 or Jim List at (317) 881-6668.

PRE-1970 VEHICLES ONLY. No exceptions. Very special activities and awards for Mercurys, natch!

Friday: Registration opens 10:00 a.m.; Run opens at 2:30 p.m. D.J. Ken Ryan plays music and Trivia all weekend.

Friday night flame throwing contest sponsored by Fairmount Fire Department.

Saturday: Parade of Neon (9:00 p.m., kids games and a 50s dance (7 pm)with the Junk Yard Band. Also lots more. Registration opens 8:30 a.m.

Sunday: Creeper races, car judging, awards and much more. Registration opens 8:30 a.m.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Cluster Busters Hot Rod Club, which puts on this marvellous show.

Also remember the all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast from 6 to 11 AM (in ’97, hope they have it again) at the Fairmount United Methodist Church at 309 South Walnut in Fairmount. That’s close to your car show site. The cost in ’97 was $4.00 for adults, $2.00 children ages 6 to 12, and free for kids through five years of age.

Drive Your 50’s Car

Over in small town Ohio, a retro family has a great new retro magazine. Be sure to visit Ron and Susan James‘ new magazine-of-the-web, Retro Living. Using 50’s cars today; 50’s food; great big old houses in small towns; the sanity of a simpler lifestyle…. great reading!

You may have met Ron and Susan James at the James Dean events, or any of the Rockabilly shows. They talk the talk AND walk the walk. Congratulations on the birth of your magazine, kids! We will all want to write articles for it.

  • The Rockabilly Hall of Fame is a fantastic new site hosted by Bob Timmers up north. Be among the first to discover this rich treasure trove of music info and nostalgia.

    Index of the main Otto Dean pages

    Or you might want to see Praise The Lowered, or more shots of Fast Eddie’s Pearls and Golddust.Here is the cover of Our Tentative Times

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