After the parts store car show wrapped up five of us cruised another sixty miles up the road to a local car club's evening cruise in at a Sonic drive-in. Due to the early awards at the first car show we were the earliest arrivals at the drive-in too and enjoyed shakes while watching the preparations for the coming crowd of cruisers. The entries eventually filled the drive-in and the bank lot next door. For some of the participants this was the first outing of the spring (my sixth) and there were many fine rides from a large area to see. Along with the usual entry looking, picture taking,question asking and answering, a cruise/parade through town and back was part of the show. It was a full day with over 150 miles of hot rod driving, fun food, and great company.
We've been lucky with our spring weekends here so far, great weather for hot rod driving and cruising to car shows. Fellow ''Old Guy'' Ron drove south for an hour to meet up with me so that we could drive for another hour farther south for the fourth car show this season. Two other ''Old Guys'' were not far behind and everyone met for a good day at a small town park where a local club lined us up on the street. We were joined by yet another of our group there. After touring the display of show cars several times and taking lots of pictures the schedule of future opportunities to drive was discussed and planned. We have several chances to hopefully make it to more than one show a day. The prizes were given out and we loaded up for the drive home. I especially liked the comment by the club announcer that we all get to drive the real prize home. As my hot rod is very rarely picked out for any kind of prize, I'm right there with that. It is very much appreciated to be in a group of ''Top #'s'' but it is much better to enjoy the ride, to get there and back. I feel sorry for the ones who are devastated that they didn't get a cheap plastic trophy. Two high points for me were that, one I replaced the gas pedal, which had way too many parts, with a simple spoon pedal and adjusted the cable for a much better throttle response and it worked great. The second was just fun. An award was given for club participation and a local ''official'' club had 5 or 6 and won...there were just as many ''Old Guys'' there, cool.
What an incredible day for a car show. My friend Fuzzy Ron drove down an hour to meet with me and we drove on another hour over into Indiana for a high school/college autoshop scholarship fund car show. Over 130 trucks and cars came in for a sunny mild spring day, showing off a lot of really well done rides. This show seemed to have an unusual number of sharp pickup trucks and an unusually low number of corvettes and new mustangs (good show!!). Everyone had a great day visiting and enjoying the sunshine while checking out the details on the entries. After the awards and loading up we joined a regular parade of street rods, customs, and show cars driving back over into Illinois. There and back again, safe and happy.
What a great weekend! The weather was ideal for early spring, sunny and warm, and everyone was able to shake off the winter blues for the first car shows of the season.Friday evening was the first of the monthly cruise-ins held by an area car club. About a fifty mile drive to a large parking lot where 50+ cars and trucks would gather. We met friends from past shows and gave out (and collected) flyers for my home town's July car show. The drive was the first real test of the new shocks and longer mounts which seem to have worked pretty well-at least the ride over our winter distressed roads was much improved. The next morning the drive took another direction to an all day swap meet and car show, where lots of the ''Old Guys'' came out, and a couple even trophied. We had a good day with warm but windy weather and caught up on all of the winter project work, including a roadster coming apart for paint, new side pipe exhaust, and a hot rod that actually runs and gets where it's going. A great weekend and a good start on the car show season. We all made it there and back again and made plans for the next trip.
The hot rod is ready for spring. The shock mount fix seems to have worked as the front end doesn't ''hit'' nearly as hard on the test drives-new shocks and more travel. There were a couple of other things finished as well now we just need washed and real spring weather.
Last summer I brought home some pieces from the junk yard my son was clearing, with ideas for some home made trophies. I have bumper pieces, engine parts, and old carbs to play with.Between rod work I have made an engine top end out of scrap wood and a one barrel Holley ( I still have two Carters) which I cleaned and painted. The other project used an oil pump piece, washers, and sheet metal to form ''wings''. The wings were cut, tacked, brushed and drawn on with a rotary tool, then mounted on two washers to form a wheel/tire. The base was again scrap wood, this time wire brush distressed to reflect the wing feathers. Now I just need to decide what to do with them.