I am finally getting caught up with the requisite thank yous to all who helped me with Gearfest 2016. It was an insane amount of work, but I am so thrilled with how great the evening went. It has taken me almost 3 weeks to recover but it was so worth it!
First off, thank you to all the bands who played: without you, there would have been no reason to rock! The Troublemakers, Tim Foster and crew, for kicking things off and setting a high bar for the evening, The Roxy Suicide with Dave Mansfield, Roxy Roxx and the rest of the band for driving from Colorado to shake some action, Red Planet with Chris Dunn, Gordon Evans, Jeremy Powers and John Messier, you made my heart sing again, Leesa Sparkle Plenty Gallentine, showing us all how its done, and Pat Todd, Nick Alexander Kevin Graft and the rest of the Rankoutsiders for taking us on till morning!
Thank you to all the ladies who took part in the Ms. Gearhead Contest, and congratulations to Beth Hood our winner. Thanks to our judges Jena Brateng, Tom Glover and Ryan S. for helping with such a crazy hard decision as choosing just one woman! And thanks to everyone who donated to Chicks in Crisis--and the women who helped sell raffle tix, we raised $185 for their wonderful organization!
Thank you to Jim McLain for videotaping the whole event, and Rhoda Rohnstock and Roger Neria for taking photos, to Gabriell Garcia and the Blue Lamp for giving us a great place to party, and all the crew that took care of our guests that evening, as well as AJ for running the sound.
A hug thanks to the sponsors that made it possible to throw such a fabulous party: Talon Harris and Asphalt Rodeo, Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing, Rolling Rock Beer, and Beautiful Disaster Cosmetics.
Thanks to Tony & Rhonda Gruska and East SMF for providing food for the bands, and to Kustom Koffins and Tres Noir Optics for the fabulous prizes for our contest winner. And thanks to Dave's Dawgs for setting up your rig so hungry party-goes had some good food in their bellies.
Thanks to Heather Klinger for your help with all the graphics, advertising and promotions, and for bringing KUTZ along to the event, can't wait for this new station to get rolling!
Thanks to everyone who drove a hot rod, custom or muscle car to the show. I'm so sorry I didn't get out to check out the cars, things were just too crazy inside. Next year....
And finally, the biggest thanks of them all goes to my sweetheart Bill Lorenz, for being there for me through thick and thin. Between the hot flashes, the panic and the mood swings, and long crazy hours, you have never stopped believing in me and Gearhead and I'm so crazy in love with you still after all these years and thrilled to have you as my guy.
If I've forgotten anyone, please forgive me. It's not on purpose, it's simply because my 52 year old brain is slipping :)
Thanks everyone, looking forward to next year and Gearfest 2017!!
Rock 'n' Roll/Automotive Journalist, Influencer, Editor and Publisher of Gearhead Magazine,