It's not the L.A. Roadster show but we have our own traditional Fathers Day show. This was the 45th annual edition. The weather cooperated this year and about 70 entries showed up for the show and shine and a chance to win cash prizes as well as trophies. The day was enjoyable not only for all the great cars and trucks but for the close by restaurants and shopping. The ''Old Guys'' were well represented and we appreciated the hospitality of the host club. A bonus for me was the short thirty mile drive, sunny day, and cheaper gas than at home. My hot rod has shown some wear on the front tires and after an attempt at adjusting the toe-in I installed a steering stabilizer/damper but still had some wander (more than before my ''adjustment''). My son reset the toe and now all is well and I had a good drive there and back.
How could a car show outside an old fashioned soda fountain go wrong? Well it could rain, all evening long. The good news is that cars don't melt, they just get wet, like people. This was the second car event of the day. Following the morning start of the first car show was a second show in another town with a late afternoon registration. In spite of the on again/off again showers a fair number of participants eventually arrived. This show has always drawn many really well done cars and trucks and once again the selection was first class. My compliments to a well run club event, they can't control the weather either. We've been lucky so far this season and this is the first rainy weekend, after twelve shows. The awards were unique and went to a wide variety of special machines. Add to that the old fashioned real ice cream shakes, a live oldies band (meaning not extremely loud and listenable), lots of interested spectators and participants and it was all told an enjoyable evening as well as a great car show.
The schedule came together for another two show weekend. The first one is an anniversary of sorts. A few years ago I met a photographer who worked with hotrodhotline at a car show, of course, and then at the very next show we met again. Also at that show parked next to my hot rod was a T-bucket belonging to soon to be friend Fuzzy Ron. The photographer Ray, and Fuzzy and I have been to a lot of car shows together over the years since. Ray moved out of state but returned for these two shows, sort of a reunion. It was good to see him again. The day was over cast and threatened rain but held off and everyone enjoyed the many entries. The number of participants seemed down from previous years, maybe due to the chance of rain. The awards were over early for the same reason and I followed Ron, again in the bucket instead of his '36 Chevy truck, to his home town for the next sow of the day.
The car show and Memorial Day celebration we attended was only about a 45 mile drive on a fine sunny day. The park was filled with 100 entries by the close of registration and most of them enjoyed the excellent fish dinners and pleasant surroundings. There was lots of interest in the custom machines by attendees and spectators alike. After the awards presentation (of custom glass plaques) we headed back home and made a rest stop at a diner locally famous for it's pie. Yet another great combination of fun with hot rods and good food.
The plan last winter was to try different car shows this spring/summer, and we've found some good ones in different venues. This particular show was held at a Harley dealer along side interstate 70. There was a surprise in that behind the dealership was an old homestead with ancient barns and buildings all scattered in a rolling lawn. The host club welcomed lots of bikes of course but there were plenty of fine rods and customs as well. Everyone enjoyed the great weather and the cool location. I particularly appreciated the club member who adjusted the speakers beside our space so that we could all answer questions and swap stories and still listen to the band and announcements. Thank you and well done.