The Invasion Car Show is an event that happens every Labor Day Weekend in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas hosted by the THEM! TX Car Club. For the last few years, the show has been held on Elm Street from 10:00 AM and ends around 6:00 PM. If its to hot, the cars and crowds start thinning out around 4:00 PM. Later in the evening, Trees and several other clubs will through after parties with live Rockabilly bands through out the night.
The Deep Ellum Invasion Car Show
The Invasion Car Show is a pre 1964 traditional rods and kustoms event. The show features bad ass kustoms, rats and other hot rods. In additional to the rides, there is great food from the local bars/restaurants/food trucks, live rockabilly bands, and more.
Images From Invasion Car Show
I have made it to show three years in a row and plan on going every year. At some point, I plan on putting a car into the event. Until then, I will shoot the show and talk with other car lovers.
To See more images from the car show, check out my Flickr Set. You can find images from from two years ago, last year, this year, and future shows.
Below are just the first few images that I have had time to process. The images were shot by hand with my Sony Nex-3N and a Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8. Although it was bright, it was after 4pm and the sun was casting crazy shadows on my subjects. Next year, maybe I will take a slave flash with me to bounce some extra light on the subject to remove some of those shadows.
Slammed 1963 Ford F100
This slammed Ford F100 is a beautiful example of how to bag and slam an old work truck. The owner of this truck put a lot time and love into. Everything from the exterior/engine bay to the interior/bed of the truck has been customized.
To get those tired tucked up into the body and get the body to kiss the ground, the owner had to remove the wheel wells. This looks great, but it sucks to clean up before a car show!
This old truck doesn’t have to work. All it has to do is sit low and look good. When you bag a truck you loose a lot of the cargo area in the bed. Some owners will just do a cut to show off the air bag system others, just do a hack job.
For me, I love it when they show it off what’s going on with air ride system. But that’s only if they finish it off and make it look good. If its not finished, I prefer it like the owner did with this truck. Raised the bed up and added this wood and chrome floor system. It doesn’t have much area to haul anything, but it wasn’t designed to…
Supercharged Ford Model A Rat Rod
What can I say, I love For Model A Rat Rods. These old cars just look good chopped, rust and primered. Rat Roders come with some crazy and cool ways to make their rat rods their own.
The owner of this one, added a Weiand roots style super charger to this already over powered engine. I heard the owner firing it up as he was leaving and it was loud and mean!
In addition, to the super charger owner give the roof line a small chop and it looks a lot meaner with a lower roof line.
Divco Lighting Delivery Truck
I’m not sure of the age of this old Divco Delivery Truck but its just an old Divico delivery truck. The owners found this old truck sitting abandoned in a field. They rescued this girl and mated the body with a Ford Lighting Chassis and slammed it.
It’s a simple interior and is something you might have found on it when it rolled of the assembly line. The owners did add a modern Bluetooth radio and speaker system that is hidden away.
Not only did the owner use a Ford Lightning chassis, they also used a the engine from one as well. Got to love the view window and the matching paint scheme they gave the engine.
Diesel Powered Rat Rod Truck
This isn’t a normal rat rod. This is a diesel powered beast. When the owner left, you could hear the turbo spooling up and the exhaust blasting out.
Using old license plates instead of sheet metal to cover the door panels is a great idea and I bet its cheaper than buy sheet metal for your hot rod / or drag car. It lighter than sheet metal, I bet not but, it might save you some money. You can usually find plates that aren’t that old at swap meets, salvage yards, or even flea markets for just a few dollars. All you need is a rivet gun, rivets, and a drill. O yeah and some extra time on your hands, and you could have a cool door panel like this one…
Another crazy feature is this door locking system. Its just a slide bolt and a pad lock that locks this car. Not sure how safe this is, but it funny and cool at the same time.
But, it does have power windows! So maybe that helps secures the truck with remote windows or something.
Gotta love the pineapple grenade shift knob. Using grenades as a shift knobs isn’t a new idea. Hot rodders have been using beer taps, or tools as gear shift knobs! On my K5 Blazer, I have an 8 ball for my trans case shifter.
Early 50s Slammed Purple GMC Truck
The early 50s GMCs and Chevrolet trucks are some of my favorites trucks to modify. I loved the bagged and slammed look of these trucks. I love them ratty or show quality. If I could pick a truck year to by, these late 40s to early 50s style trucks would be at the top of my list.