approximately twenty five years the event known as Lead
East has been referred to as "The World'sBiggest
Fifties Party." The party's host, Terry Cook, has
had a lifelong love affair with 50's era custom cars.Over
the years he had attended many car shows, both for his
own personal enjoyment and in his capacity as editor of
some major car publications. As exciting as the cars may
have been, Terry felt that much more could be offered
to make the car show experience that much more enjoyable.So,
when the first Lead East made its debut, the traditional
car show concept was radically customized. Not only was
there the presence of a large number of 50's era stock
and custom cars, there was live and recorded 50's music,
people dressed in 50's clothes, hair in era-appropriate
styles, talk of a more innocent time, and fun that lasted
well into the night. The Fifties culture was resurrected.
A Fifties party was born.
each year Lead East got better. When Fairway Productions'
Bob Findlay was offered the opportunity to produce the
Lead East videos in 1993, he was very aware that this
was a special event that would require a special touch.
Before Fairway even came close to aiming a lens at its
first custom car or leather jacketed greaser, a list of
goals was established that remains valid today.