If Building 4, home to the AMBR competitors and pro builders displays, was the most popular building at the Grand National Roadster Show, Building 10 was hands down the runner-up. Known for this weekend as the Suede Palace, this is the building designated specifically for nostalgic, traditional-style, lower-budget, owner-built hot rods and customs-and to vendors catering to the lifestyle side of the hot rod hobby.

Alex "Axle" Idzardi and his wife, Celeste, with help from the Shifters Car Club, helped organize the Suede Palace four years ago and it has been growing in size and quality every year. This year, 60 vehicles packed the room. It was mostly local iron, but some from as far away as east of the Mississippi. The involvement of more than 25 car clubs, more than 35 vendors, live bands, custom-built trophies, pin-up contests, and the dedication of participants devoted to keeping our roots alive have made the "Fun House" a big success. At this point, we can say that it wouldn't be the Grand National Roadster Show without the Suede Palace.

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