I drove to my friend Tom A's place and we set off through the country and towns to a car show held as part of a traditional Art and Wine Festival. Several local area vineyards and wineries were on hand for tasting and many booths were displaying and selling original art and crafts. The crowds of festival goers were also able to enjoy the car show and vote for their favorites. The weather was cool and threatened rain but stayed dry and Tom and I had a good day visiting with the local car club and spectators.
As part of the on-going program to lower the operating temperature of my 350, I followed the advice of friends and installed a larger crank pulley to over drive the water pump. Another extension (the one just replaced by a longer one) was added back to the fan which places it entirely inside the shroud. The result on today's trip seems to be a 10 degree drop in temperature. But it was a cool day.
A car show friend organized a benefit show for the Children's Miracle Network at the Walmart where he works. It was a first for both of them. Every one was pleased with the unexpected turn out of 84 entries on a perfect weather day. We were greeted with coffee and donuts and a friendly staff. The new show was a complete success and every entry received a commemorative plaque. Almost all of the 36 car shows I've participated in so far this summer have raised money for one charity or another, which means we can have fun and do some good at the same time. That's the best of both worlds.
Drove over into Indiana for another festival car show which drew well over a hundred entries. The weather was great and so were the other cars and trucks, many that were new to me. The main problem with this show on this day was that the trip was through lots of construction and broken city streets with way too many stop lights. The best road on out of town to the festival was lined on both sides with yard sales, which is to say cars stopping in the highway to look, backing out of driveways into traffic, people walking across or opening traffic side doors. Caution was the most important thing to keep in mind. It was a great car show anyway, and made it there and back okay but for a little over heating. The heat problem is being addressed first of the week.
Over 130 cars and trucks were lined up on both sides of the main street past the town square for the Fall Festival car show. Singers and bands and groups performed all day on the Court House lawn's gazebo. The food vendors went all the way around the square. ''Old Guys'' and car show friends were well supplied with smoked pulled pork BBQ and even cobbler with ice cream. As in years past some really fine rides were shown, from many miles away around IL and IN area, from GoodGuys winners and magazine feature cars to home made hot rods like mine and body man Gregg's tuned port powered '52 truck. This weekend was a two show set and next weekend looks to be the same but there is only another month of shows in this area before time for winter fixes.
About 12 miles from my home town, as the crow flies, on rural country roads not quite in the middle of nowhere is a local phenomenon. This ''country store'' offers hamburgers griddled up by the hundreds every weekend, to bikers and tourists and locals and even to hot rod cruisers. We joined a car club gathered at a city park along with about 40 others for a cruise to Moonshine IL.. Unfortunately the cruisers got pretty spread out but eventually everyone made it to the store along with possibly another 20 cars and trucks that had joined en-route. The line for moonburgers went some distance down the county road. Anticipating a long wait, myself and two other ''Old Guys'' cruised on the the next stop on the route which was a nearby small town which is home to an excellent little restaurant that features among it's home cooking style meals, the best pie for miles around. The cruise planned next stop was 30 minutes away to Mid-America Motorsports 'Vette Fest. It was a great cruise and everyone talked of joining in again next time.