Second annual East Coast Rat Fink Reunion underway

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The National Corvette Museum is hosting the second annual East Coast Rat Fink Reunion from Thursday through Saturday in Bowling Green.

The art vendors and car show will honor the late artist and engineer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and his impact on hot rodding history.

Roth is known as the person who created the Hot Rod icon, Rat Fink, along with many other characters, according to his wife Ilene Roth.

“His legacy lives on and in the artists that are here celebrating with us they are amazing. They’re doing demonstrations and they’re definitely keeping his art and life alive so it’s a blessing to be here we love coming out to Kentucky,” said Roth.

The reunion is open to the public so anyone can come into the front doors of the museum and browse the different artists pieces set up around the entrance.

Mariah Hughes, the senior media and marketing specialist for the museum said the event brings a number of people into the area.

“Hopefully we’ll have around 1,000 people here. It is a three-day event between [Thursday, Friday] and Saturday so we’re really excited to see all of the different vehicles are coming out and may not know that this event is here who are happening upon it as they’re stopping through. They may book a hotel room and decide to stay for the weekend,” said Hughes.

Some of Roth’s own personal designs are also featured and are for sale on t-shirts, stickers and more.

Coming on Saturday, the last day of the reunion, NCM will be the site of a car show where people can come and enjoy different cars.

Each artist will choose a car from the car show to give a prize.

To enter the car show, you can register at the museum.

The show begins at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.