liz van pay | mmm9 | sept. 2018
Cars, photographers, models and a haunted house. Something wicked this way comes, and it all comes together on Sunday, September 30th at the 9th annual Models, Monsters and Motors Car Show at the Beja Shrine Center, 1950 Bond Street, Green Bay.
In its simplest form, Models, Monsters and Motors exists to be a melting pot for car owners, models and photographers to create art. Volunteer makeup artists and hairstylists are abuzz all morning as they make up aspiring models, and those models work with photographers to create beautiful, vintage-era photos. Models and photographers run the gamut from novice to veteran, and many collaborate with one another to not only create beautiful imagery but continue to improve their own skills in the process. After 12 p.m., the doors of Green Bay Fear are thrown open, and volunteer special effects artists gore-ify the show's beautiful participants to shoot the creepiest, darkest, and sometimes most creative shots of the day. Year after year, many participants return, citing the late September Sunday afternoon as their “favorite car show of the year."
Though the “Motors" portion of the show's title comes in last, car owners never do. In appreciation for those who bring their spectacular rides to the party each year, awards are voted on and handed out in a variety of different categories (one of the only “car show" things about this particular car show). Each vehicular participant also receives a dash plaque featuring contest winning photos. After the show closes each year, photographers submit the best of their photos to three contests, and last year's Best In Show, Monster Photo of the Year and Car Photo of the Year accompany this piece. This year's winning photographers are Angela Johnson of Glass Star Photography, John Penokie and Franchesca Carley.
While the atmosphere of MMM is already rockin', this year's show will be soundtracked by Green Bay's own The Dirty Martinis, a rockabilly outfit that has to be heard to be believed! As seen at the Symco Shakedown, Lyric Room, and many other local venues, their audio backdrop will be a perfect complement to the hard-working models, photographers and volunteers, and will transport everyone back to a simpler time. Playing sets throughout the day, you'll have a hard time not catching at least some of their tunes. A handful of vintage vendors will be on-site to help even spectators' rockabilly dreams come true! There will also be food and drink vendors on-site and a raffle running all day. Need a hair tune-up, hot towel shave, or just … a haircut? Marcus Brooks of Shear Chaos Salon & Barbering Co. in Appleton will be on-site cutting hair and crafting deviously good looks for any interested handsome devils!
Around a decade ago, a group of friends met up over drinks and mulled over the idea of how fun it would be to combine a haunted house, cars and a photoshoot. Never would they have imagined that in that time, Models, Monsters and Motors would have created its own macabre name for itself, and grown year after year. Aiming to be an all-inclusive show for those of all skill levels, its exponential growth is no surprise. In 2017, over 45 photographers, 90 models and 100 cars took over the blacktop lot at the corner of Bond and Taylor Streets, and this year's event, while typically being a kick-off, will cap off opening weekend festivities at Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions.
In years past, Models, Monsters and Motors has served as a Green Bay Fear kick-off event, but the calendar had other ideas in 2018! Green Bay Fear's opening weekend falls on September 28th & 29th, so for those traveling, it would be an excellent way to get a scary first look at the sights and scenes and truly get into the Halloween spirit, prior to MMM9 on Sunday.
Haunted house not your style? Saturday, September 29th is the seventh annual Beja Bike Bash, a vintage and custom bicycle show and swap. Offering contests for stock, custom and motorized creations, a swap to trade and purchase bike parts and art, and even entire bicycles! All votes are crowd-sourced, and winners receive a plaque for their efforts. Put on in part by Bellevue's newest bike shop, Old Skool Bicycle Shop, in 2018 and the Green Bay Bicycle Collective (GBbicycle.org), it promises to be an excellent kick-off weekend. Head out to the show early, stay to get scared, and participate in all three events, if you dare!
Think you know Green Bay Fear? You've got no idea! Head to GreenBayFear.com for information on this year's event schedule and other spooky happenings! For more information on the Beja Bike Bash, check out BejaBikeBash.com Models, Monsters and Motors information can be found on their Facebook page, and registration is now open on their website at MMMcarShow.com. There is a fee to participate as a photographer, car owner or model, but spectators are free. There will be vendors and a raffle on-site. Food and drink will both be available for purchase. Models, Monsters and Motors takes place at the Beja Shrine Center, located at 1950 Bond Street, Green Bay. Information on the Beja Shriners can be found at BejaShriners.com.
-- Banner image: MMM8 Car Photo of the Year - Model: Melody Bodoh - Hair: Tarrah Jones - MUA: Courtney Christine - Car: 1958 Chevy Impala, owned by Glen Zastrow - Photographer: Franchesca Carley