Bernie's Car Show Coverage: 2021 Obsession Fest Car Show

Nov 10, 2021

On October 3rd, I attended a show that I've honestly haven't been to in a few years. I made my faithful return to ObsessionFest.

The Atlanta based car club held their annual show the day after Whip Addict Car Show. Located at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds (once again, I attended another great car show not far from my house. I'm starting to get spoiled), ObsessionFest welcomed all vehicles, but it was primarily Lowriders (regardless of car club) which means I had no reason to complain.

First and foremost... this Impala has been hiding in Gwinnett County and it was my very first time seeing it. My goodness, this '62 Impala is GORGEOUS. Traditional lowrider exterior, but upgraded interior. Thankfully the owner allowed me to get a closer look.

I'm sorry, I just had to get that out the way. In the center of the show, the members of Obsession Car Club had all their cars front and center. Although I've seen them all before, I still appreciate them like it's my very first time. 

At the end of the day, I had the opportunity to see vehicles that I've seen before, yet I also had the opportunity to see vehicles that I've never seen before. To see the rest of the vehicles, check out Bernie's  2021 Obsession Fest gallery.

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: 2021 Whip Addict Car Show

Nov 9, 2021

After traveling the past two weekends, I finally returned back to Atlanta for a great show. On October 2nd, I attended my first Whip Addict Car show. Here's a little backstory, Whip Addict is a fellow automotive photographer from Atlanta that I usually run into at a lot of shows. He had a show a couple of years ago, but it was on a weekend where I was out of town (I was traveling to go to Memphis for another show, but he cancelled it because of the "weather". Four drops coming out of the sky does not mean heavy rain).

When Atlanta demolished the Georgia Dome, there was a bunch of empty space next door to the now Mercedes Benz Stadium. The owner of the space (he happens to own the Atlanta Falcons as well) decided to turn it into a multi-use greenspace for parks, concerts, tailgating... and apparently car shows. The location was great and I'm not saying that because it was 20 minutes away from my house. The skyline in the background, the shot of the Mercedes Benz stadium, plus there were different areas where you can shoot and get creative. 

Aside from seeing my fellow Atlanta neighbors, there were some visitors to Atlanta as well.

I had fun and I didn't even have to travel far. To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie's 2021 Whip Addict Car Show gallery

Bernie's Car Show Coverage: Midwest Fest 5

Nov 2, 2021

The second best decision I made in 2020 was to attend Midwest Fest and because of all the fun I had, all the people I met, all of the cars I got to see but not having to deal with any issues....

I HAD to do it again. On September 24th, I made my faithful return to Indianapolis for another amazing weekend. And it was nothing short of amazing... ironically coming from a person who is a harsh judge of car shows.

MidwestFest weekend goes as follows: Friday is the block party, Saturday is the main event, Sunday is Stunt Sundays. On Friday night, I eventually found my way to Black Ink Indianapolis (yes the same Black Ink tattoo shop from Harlem and the owner opened up a location in Indiana). In my true introverted fashion, I didn't stay long. I think I stayed in Walmart longer, I'm just not a party person. I stayed long enough to see some cars and say hi to the hosts of the weekend's festivities- Shane and Cameron. Left early because I knew what I was in for and I needed to get a good night's rest. 

Saturday was PERFECT. It wasn't nearly as hot as it was last year, clear blue skies, and everyone gathered at Silver Centre for another worthwhile show... even though there was no illegal burnout area this year (Indy PD was everywhere). From what I could tell, I think this year's show was bigger than MidwestFest4. The best part of all was that.... it was crowded. Definitely more show cars than cars in general admission and best of all, about half of the cars there this year were cars that I've never seen before. I can't even tell you what I saw. I just saw a lot of amazing cars.

Although the show is called "Midwest Fest" there were cars from Indiana (of course), Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio (you know... states that are considered to be in the Midwest). But then... cars from Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Georgia (more specifically Atlanta), Tennessee, and Florida showed up as well. And on top of that, no issues occurred this entire weekend. 

Sunday was Stunt Sunday where Martin Luther King St turns into a massive block party... or a half a mile party. People show up and hang out while cars are parked on both sides of the street and they show off (hence the word Stunt in "Stunt Sunday") by driving up and down the street or if they're extremely skilled enough, they drift in the intersection. Major emphasis on extremely skilled. I've been to Dallas and Los Angeles where they have something similar to Indianapolis, but they will NEVER have anything like this in Atlanta. Everyone just came to have a good time and that's it. 

I said what I said, Midwest Fest weekend was nothing short of amazing.  To see the rest of the photos, check out Bernie's Midwest Fest show gallery and Midwest Fest finale: Stunt Sundays gallery. I can't wait to see how Cameron and Shane will pull off for Midwest Fest 6. I'm sorry Indianapolis, I gotta come back next year.
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