Competition

Competition Time: Blue Ribbon Beer Run - Bombshells Contest

This past Saturday was the Blue Ribbon Beer Run Bombshell Contest up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In it's third year, it really is becoming a very popular car event in the city.  I love any excuse to get up to Milwaukee, so I was really excited to participate in this contest and check out the event.  I had heard about it after the event last year, so it's was on my reminder list for a year!

When I arrived on Friday, we had a quick check in and walk through to become familiar with the space - where we needed to be in the morning, what the stage looked like, etc.  I also took the time to take a quick peek at the cars that were already there.  I love great classic cars!  The Historic Pabst Brewery is a fantastic location itself, so much history!  I was born and raised in Milwaukee, and my dad's family has lived their all their lives.  We have a rich family history in Milwaukee and several family members worked for the breweries there.

Friday night was an early birthday dinner at Joey Gerard's Supper Club with my aunt (the perfect retro dinner) and then prepping for Saturday. 

Saturday morning, my aunt treated me to her famous french toast - which was just what I needed to start off the morning.  I finished getting ready and then headed over to the the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.

Quick pose in front of the PBR truck - photo by my aunt

Quick pose in front of the PBR truck - photo by my aunt

I had a little bit of time to walk around the event and check out the cars before we had to line up for the contest.  While wandering around, I ran into two gentlemen that were at the World of Wheels event back in February.  They recognized me from that contest, which was so nice.  I enjoyed getting to chat with them a bit and take a few more photos with their amazing cars!

With this gorgeous pink caddy... owned by one of the guys who I met back in February.  Photo by my aunt

With this gorgeous pink caddy... owned by one of the guys who I met back in February.  Photo by my aunt

There were 23 lovely ladies in this contest and it was fun to see some people I've met before and meet some new folks.  The contest was really well put together and it seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves.   Each lady had her own bubbly personality and style - which really highlighted the diversity of the pinup community.

Thanks Jessica for the contest photo!

Thanks Jessica for the contest photo!

I didn't place, but it was a wonderful event - full of terrific people, awesome cars, and beautiful weather!  I highly recommend this car show if you are in the area next summer.

So many pinups! Photo by  Sockdollager Photography

So many pinups! Photo by Sockdollager Photography




Competition Time: Preparing for a Pinup Contest

Since I have a competition coming up this Saturday, I thought this would be an appropriate time to talk about how I prepare for a contest.  Obligatory disclaimer - Everyone has their own ways to prepare, this is just mine. :)

Chicago's  Motoblot  Pinup Competition 2014

Chicago's Motoblot Pinup Competition 2014

To back it up a step, there are actually a few things I consider before deciding to enter a contest.  Where is the contest being held?  Does it work in my schedule? It there a cause/group tied to the event?  Do I support that cause?   The first of these are pretty clear - location and timing.  If you can't even get to the event, there is no point in continuing further.  If you can, is it the type of event you want to participate in.  For me, I prefer contests tied to classic car shows and geared towards classic pinup style.  There are 1,000s of contests out there - there is something for everyone.  

When I have said yes to the first set of criteria, I can take a look further before submitting my application for the contest.  What's the criteria for entering and judging? What are the steps involved in the contest?  Just like the cause or group tied to the event, lots of events have many different judging criteria.  If you like the criteria involved and think you fit within their requirements - go for it!  Also, make sure you are okay with all the different sections of the judging.  I tend to like the straight forward contests, anything with a talent portion is instantly off the table - at least until I can come up with my talent. 

NOW, that we've decided to enter the competition - let's discuss preparing.  I'm going to bypass the "how do I get there?  Where do I stay (if it's out of town)?" conversation as that is pretty standard.

DOING YOUR RESEARCH

Okay, so we are in!  Now, what do we know about this contest?  I do my research.  If I'm not familiar with the actual event, I research.  I research the judges (this will be important later) and I make sure I am very familiar with the judging criteria.  Also, it doesn't hurt to check out who your competition is.  Lots of girls start to become familiar because you've seen them at other events and/or you become friends.  Everyone has a style and different personality and that can be helpful in your preparing as well.

Classic Car beauties (with Ada Atomic) at the  World of Wheels  Pinup Competition 2015

Classic Car beauties (with Ada Atomic) at the World of Wheels Pinup Competition 2015

WHAT TO WEAR!

Every competition has a category of judging that is based solely on appearance - it's a beauty pageant.  So what you wear is going to be important.  In researching your judging criteria and the goals of the competition, you should already have an idea about what they are looking for.  Also, consider your surroundings - is it outside?  It this winter?  Is it a fancy event?  Is it family friendly?  All of these things will help you narrow down your attire.  Then consider the judges - what do you think will make you stand out for the judges.  ALSO, you want to inject your own personality into this.  Some girls come up with a whole outfit concept - car mechanic, traveling girl with luggage, etc.  Does that work with you?  For me, I tend to gravitate towards classic vintage looks and then work with that to fit the theme.  BOTTOM LINE: Stick with what you are comfortable in and your comfort will allow your personality to will shine through during the competition!

Cavalcade  Pinup Competition in Detroit, MI 2015

Cavalcade Pinup Competition in Detroit, MI 2015

PREPPING FOR JUDGING

Alright, so we've done our research and picked out our outfit.  Now what?  Now we prepare for the competition.  You already should know who the judges are and what they will be looking for.  That usually includes if there will be a question and answer portion of the competition.  Competitions may ask things like "what is your favorite classic car?", "Who's your favorite pinup?", "What's your favorite dress style - swing or wiggle?", etc.  You should know the answers to questions like this - especially the car questions if it's at a car show.  So be ready!  Sometimes, the host of the competition will let you know ahead of time what questions will be asked so you can be prepared.  Sometimes, you have to answer on the fly.  Either way - just be yourself.  These questions should reflect who you ARE, NOT what you think the judges want you to be.

1940s Winter Ball   Pinup Contest - Denver, CO 2014

1940s Winter Ball  Pinup Contest - Denver, CO 2014

and finally....

TIME FOR COMPETITION

We've done all the leg work.  We are here at the competition and are ready to go.  I like to check in with the competition earlier rather than later, so I have some time to walk around the event.  Walk around and say hi to people.  Check out the cars if it's a car show - basically make yourself available to people at the event.  Often, those people are the ones that will come to watch the contest and while the judging may not require audience participation, the judges will still notice if lots of attendees like you.  ENJOY YOUR TIME AT THE EVENT!  The people in this vintage community are awesome.  Ask them about their cars - they know A LOT!  Look at the great merchandise and get to know the other girls.  This is for fun after all right?? 

Hopefully this gave you a bit of an idea about the prep work involved in competitions.  I'm off this week for the Blue Ribbon Beer Run Pinup Contest.  Fingers crossed!

Miss World of Wheels 2015 - Milwaukee, WI

Miss World of Wheels 2015 - Milwaukee, WI


Miss Detroit Autorama Competition

Immediately following my whirlwind weekend up in Milwaukee for the Miss World of Wheels Competition,  Ada Atomic and I drove up to Detroit to participate in the Miss Autorama competition.

This competition was put on by Nikki Forte again and I was really looking forward to a pinup event in Motor City.  I had a feeling the following would be spectacular and it did not disappoint.

This competition had 46 lovely ladies - that's a lot of ladies!  The Autorama car show is two stories worth of cars and merchandise in the heart of Detroit.  

Madalyn Knebel, Ruby Spencer and Ada Atomic   Photo Credit: John Froelich

Madalyn Knebel, Ruby Spencer and Ada Atomic   Photo Credit: John Froelich

I had a lovely time meeting a whole bunch of new pinups from the Michigan/Ohio area and the crowd during the contest was incredible!  It was certainly an adventure.

I'm looking forward to my next competition which will be closer to the summer.

During the competition - Photo credit:  Steven Jon Horner

During the competition - Photo credit: Steven Jon Horner



Miss Milwaukee World of Wheels Competition

On February 21st, I headed up to Milwaukee to participate in my first pinup competition for the year.  The event was being held in conjunction with the Autorama World of Wheels Car Show.  I spent the first 6 years of my life in Milwaukee, so I look forward to any reason I can to get up there.

My pinup friends, Ada Atomic and Sadie North were able to join me and 10 other ladies for this inaugural competition.

Ruby Spencer, Sadie North, and Ada Atomic at the 2015 Milwaukee World of Wheels Car Show.

Ruby Spencer, Sadie North, and Ada Atomic at the 2015 Milwaukee World of Wheels Car Show.

The ladies in the competition were all wonderful and the car owners and spectators were so welcoming.  It was a fantastic show! 

After a couple rounds of introductions and question and answer segments, the panel of judges selected their two runner ups and their 2015 Miss World of Wheels.  I feel so truly honored to have been selected as the very first Milwaukee's Miss World of Wheels!

A special thank you to Nikki Forte for putting together a terrific contest and for taking amazing photos of all of us ladies during the event.  I had such a great time walking the aisles with the gorgeous pinup ladies and doing a little dancing with Elvis.