AMERICAN SCENE: Auto Shows: They Love Speed

Once the state fair was the big event. Now the same kind of popcorn festivity animates the custom auto show. There will be nearly 70 such exhibitions this spring, from Medford, Ore., to Worcester, Mass. Last weekend alone, hot-rod shows were held in Fresno, Youngstown and Cedar Rapids. They are drawing large crowds too: 40,000 in Dayton, 50,000 in Louisville. After a look at the recent International Speed Custom Cycle Auto Show in Chicago, TIME Correspondent David Wood sent this report:

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