5 & Diner’s 4th annual Rockabilly Bash

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'52 Coupe deVille displays its owner's passions

Photos by Larry Edsall

At so many local car shows, you drive in, park, break out the lawn chairs, walk a lap and then spend the day sitting and talking with your old friends. Not at the Rockabilly Bash.

Staged by the 5 & Diner restaurant group’s Phoenix stores, in four years the Rockabilly Bash has established itself as the custom car show where, if you’re sitting, it’s likely to be at high speeds as you take your car on a pass — or a few — down the adjacent Wild Horse Pass drag strip, but where you’re more likely to be up on your feet, looking at cars, visiting the vendors, or tapping your toes or even sock-hop dancing to the music provided by a parade of live bands.

Oh, and if you want to sit, there are plenty of big tables where you can eat food from the 5 & Diner-operated concession stand.

Hundreds of cars and their owners and a few thousand spectators show up every year. And the cars and the bands are not the only attraction. The event includes a WW2-style pinup fashion competition.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.