Jon Kuhn's Hot Rod Rodeo Tattooed Pinup Birthday Bash and Annual Picnic ~ May 24, 2014
Late Saturday morning I caught wind of a happening of some sort out off of Brunswick Road at 10600 Bubbling Wells Rd., Grass Valley. Apparently local resident Jon Kuhn has been throwing his own birthday bash for the past three years at the Horseman Club of Nevada County, Inc (HCNI) at their place only sort of out in the country.
The cozy grounds of the HCNI, perhaps 5 acres more or less, is a friendly place to conduct Club activities as well as host others who need a place to hold their own events. Through some unknown means, Mr. Kuhn managed to bring together a crowd of over 200 folks, give or take, an eclectic collection of hot rods, collectible autos, trucks, motorcycles, vintage camper trailers, a scattering of vendors and some sort of ice cream truck right out of "Back To The Future".
Also seen on the property were people of all sorts -- gorgeous tattooed girls and women, families, dudes, chicks and a cowboy or two and plus a number of small pets. Incredibly, there were four different bands! That calculates out to roughly one band for every dog in attendance. Everyone seemed to be getting along just fine. Members of the Horseman Club offered up a variety of beverages and prepared foods.
On a more personal note I have to say that I felt myself passing through some sort of doors which had opened to a time more distant; I felt this the moment my tires rolled onto their grassy grounds. The location is set off in the country just far enough so that outside sounds were merely a memory.
The women glowed. The men were youthful and vigorous, even the old, tired ones. The children were animated and wide-eyed, full of energy and curiosity. No harsh words were heard, no discord spoken, no eyes wandered the crowd looking for others to be wary or fearful of. Members of the Horsemen were quiet, welcoming and polite in a way that said "Welcome to our home". Their clubhouse is a time capsule from some other era -- a wooden treasure that includes a broad veranda and a friendly little bar inside where you can sip something cold.
All in all it was a magical four hours for me and I can't wait for Mr. Kuhn, whoever in the heck he is, to become one more year older just as quickly as possible. Thank you for the wonderful time.
Steve Vrismo, May 26, 2014