Here in Southeast Idaho, we kick off every spring with the annual ‘Chrome in the Dome’ car show which takes place in the Holt Arena of Idaho State University. The only enclosed collegiate stadium in the U.S. Each year hundreds of car and bike owners come from all over Idaho, Utah, and Montana to participate in one of Idaho’s biggest car shows, hoping to walk away with one of the trophies.
The CITD runs an entire weekend; and with the luxury of being held indoors, there is no concern for weather interfering with the show. With a huge selection of everything automotive it draws in every enthusiast in the area. The public pays a $5 entrance fee, and is given two tickets to vote for their favorite car and bike. At the conclusion of the weekend the votes are tallied and winners are announced the last day.
Each year the show gets bigger, but with limited space the owners have to enter early to reserve their spot. Many of the participants return every year, and some have won back to back. Now, there isn’t just two winners, but they are broken into several categories such as best 50’s truck, but the ultimate goal is the best in show trophies.
The amount of incredible restored, custom, and original rides really makes the voting process difficult. You have to make at least one pass through the huge show to appreciate the dedication and time these owners have put into these cars and bikes. Everything from hot rods, to model T’s, to brand new Ford Raptors. It really is a show for every age.
After making the rounds a couple times to cover the event for Spekture, I struggled with my decision on who got my votes. Ultimately, I had to go with the all original 68′ Shelby GT500 KR, and awesome custom bike that a friend built.
One thing every one can pull from this show, is the desire to return next year. I am already looking forward to it, and what all makes it into the show next time.