liz van pay | mmm8 | sept. 2017
On the last Sunday in September, there is far more going on in Green Bay than just football. Each year, that date is home to the Models, Monsters and Motors Car Show, put on by Green Bay Fear Haunted House at the Beja Shrine Center. Tucked at the end of Bond Street, models and photographers of all skill levels and beautiful cars from all eras convene on the grounds of a haunted house for a full day of creating art — some gorgeous, some monstrous.
Sunday, September 24 marks the eighth year of Models, Monsters and Motors, and organizing the event is no small feat. Beginning from little more than friends brainstorming over a few cocktails nearly 10 years ago to now needing a full staff, the event has continued to grow in popularity via word of mouth alone. With the advent of social media, the buzz continues to grow year in and year out. Preparation begins in early summer, and registration opens in early July. By mid-August, many model and photographer spots are claimed, and on the day of the event, the parking lot fills quickly and several cars are turned away due to lack of space.
In 2017, over 100 cars, 50 photographers and 90 models created a variety of timeless shots, equally beautiful and gory. In years past, those images were judged by the public via a system of Facebook “Likes,"and in 2017, a local panel of judges was established to choose the best the models and photographers had to offer. Some of these judges included Frankly Green Bay's own Frank Hermans, Rock 'N Roll Land owner Todd Magnuson and Colourbox Body Piercing owner Becky Haen. Their chosen images accompany this piece and show just why MMM is so great — a variety of styles and snaps, no two images alike.
What you thought you knew about car shows goes out the window no sooner than you step onto the blacktop at 1950 Bond Street in Green Bay the day of the event. Spectators are brought into a world many thought gone, with piles of pinups taking photos with vehicles both new and vintage, until the afternoon hits and the shots take on a sinister vibe. Even some of the cars themselves are monsters, with one of the crowd favorites being “The Beast," a vintage tow truck owned by regular MMM photographer Paul Zeien, featured in hundreds of photos each year.
In the afternoon, the doors of Green Bay Fear open for its own flavor of mayhem. Special effects makeup goes on (courtesy of Fear's own makeup department), and the once-beautiful pinups trade their victory rolls for monster makeup and shoot within horrific scenes and sets all over the five-acre grounds. Scenes include a mad scientist lab, surgical suite gone wrong, twisted funhouse and even a spaceship crash. With sets like these, the possibilities are truly endless, and the resulting photos are unpredictable, but phenomenal.
While an unforgettable event on its own, Models, Monsters and Motors is actually the second event of the weekend for the Beja Shrine. On Saturday, September 23, Green Bay Fear and the Green Bay Bicycle Collective (www.gbbicycle.org) will also present the Beja Bike Bash, which is a vintage and custom bike show and swap in its sixth year in 2017. The Bike Bash offers contests for both stock and custom creations and a swap to trade and purchase pieces, parts and even entire bicycles. The crowd votes on its favorite bicycles and winners receive a plaque for their efforts. Raffles and an ice cream social always cap off the day. Both Models, Monsters and Motors and the Beja Bike Bash (www.bejabikebash.com) work as another kickoff to scares for Green Bay Fear, who have been working since mid-summer to reimagine and reinvent their attraction for the 2017 season.
If you've been to Green Bay Fear, you may think you've seen it all. In preparation for the upcoming season, however, several of the attractions have received a substantial facelift, and their cast of both new and familiar faces is poised to make their customers scream for their lives this October. Not wanting to be the standard haunted house experience, but the exception, Green Bay Fear boasts four attractions, rotating musical and sideshow entertainment and a host of other special events to keep its guests guessing (and screaming), all night long. For more information on Green Bay Fear, see their schedule and entertainment listing at www.greenbayfear.com, or Like their Facebook page for information on the events going on throughout October!
Stop at the Beja Shrine Center (1950 Bond Street, Green Bay) on Sunday, September 24 and see what all of the fuss is about! More information on Models, Monsters and Motors can be found on their Facebook page and registration is available on their website at www.mmmcarshow.com. There is a small fee to participate as a model, photographer or car owner, but spectators are free. Food and drink are both available for purchase the day of the event.
MMM 7 Best in Show — Model: Jamie Parks, Hair: Catherine Skenadore, MUA: Holldoll Makeup, Photographer: Jonathan Wood of Jonathan Wood Photography, Photographer Assistant: Shelley Wood, Vehicle: Ford 1956 F-100 Series | Kerry Johnson.
MMM 7 Monster Photo of the Year — Venue: Models, Monsters and Motors 7,
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MMM 7 Car Photo of the Year — Model: Ashtyn Hackley, Hair: Kelly Wenzel | Pinups and Misfits Hair Emporium, MUA: Deanna Roberts | Makeup Vamp, Dress: Catherine Skenadore, Photographer: Jonathan Wood of Jonathan Wood Photography, Photographer Assistant: Shelley Wood, Vehicle: 1957 Ford Skyliner | Rick Wilinski
MMM 7 People's Choice — Model: Hailey Pouwels, Hair: Kate Behrend, MUA: Hailey Pouwels, Photographer: Tia Jean of Little T. Photography