The Rebel Riot to feed Tacoma’s car-show hunger

There’s a new kid on Tacoma’s car show block.

The Rebel Riot hopes to fill the void left in Tacoma’s summer scene by the discontinuation of the ever-beloved Hotrod-A-Rama.

Hosted on Aug. 6 at the New Frontier, The Rebel Riot can accommodate up to 200 classic cars in its contest, and just like any good festival, there will be plenty of rocking tunes, pretty ladies and beer to go around.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say they are very upset that there’s not going to be Hotrod-A-Rama anymore,” said event organizer Ryan Skinner. “I loved Hotrod-A-Rama and I’m sad it’s (gone)… Tacoma needs a really good car show.”

Skinner teamed up with New Frontier owner Neil Harris for the event that they hope can become an annual staple in Tacoma’s summer festival landscape.

“We want people to come out, see all these cars, and just have a great time. It’s not about how much money you put into your car, how shiny or fancy – everyone’s hotrod is their own hotrod.”

Anything built before 1969 is fair game – custom or traditional, and pre-1965 European cars and motorcycles are also welcome.

“Even though they’re Euro-cars, they’re still the hotrods of the of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

My thing is old cars are old cars, they’re all beautiful, they all should be seen for future generations to be able to appreciate these cars.”

Camaros and Mustangs, however, will not be permitted.

Those looking to enter the contest can pre-register at for $15, or register day of for $25.

The show opens at 10 a.m. and car owners can start rolling into the lot as early as 7 a.m.

Spectators will be treated to a full day of entertainment for free, including a vintage bathing suit contest, hosted by the Pin-up Angels, and live music following the contest. Those 21 and up can head inside the New Frontier afterwards for more live music and a burlesque show, to boot.

The impressive music line-up includes the Hot Roddin’ Romeos, The F***ing Eagles, The Black Crabs, Histories Savages, Rooftop Warrior, Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel, 10 Miles of Bad Road, The Careless Eaters and the Riffbrokers, hosted by the likes of local comedians Swampy Draws and Dickie Gazoonie.

“Come hang out, look around, go to the beer garden, and stay for the bands at night – there’s no cover.”

Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The New Frontier Lounge – 301 E. 25th St. More info/registration at


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