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Wagons, More Doors, and Campers: The People-Movers of Viva Las Vegas 2018

Not your typical car show

Jacob Daviswriter, photographer

Typically when we attend a show, we look for the coolest coupes in the parking lot, but Viva Las Vegas isn't exactly your typical show. It attracts some of the most unique and interesting rides you'll find anywhere. The parking lot was absolutely packed with all the vehicles people brought out to show off, and out of all the vehicles there we couldn't help but notice just how many people-movers were scattered among the rows of cars. While most shows have just a handful of wagons and four door cars hiding within the more desirable models, this event had more than we could count. It has been very interesting to see the resurgence of the popularity with these "crew cab" models as their two door counterparts have steadily increased in value, and this show simply reaffirmed this trend that Hot Rod has observed from its fans. Freiburger and Finnegan's show, Roadkill, might be partially to blame for this phenomenon, but we think it's a truly wonderful thing.

Anything that's getting more people into our great hobby, especially younger individuals, is something that we are thrilled to see. These lower price point cars with their extra doors serve as a sort of gateway drug to the addiction that is classic cars, and that's one substance abuse problem we can get on board with. Sure, coupes are always going to be the most sought after models, but who's to say one of these alternative rides can't be cool too? Think about it: you can fit some extra buddies in the car without many complaints about the legroom, and one of the best parts about cars has always been the people one meets along the way. So maybe these old four doors deserve a double take as the hot rodding hobby evolves in our ever-changing industry. Just take a look through this gallery of sedans, wagons, and campers and let us know if this is a trend you think should continue to grow.