You may have guessed that I like festival car shows as much for the food as the cars. This one had great BBQ brisket. The car show was located in parking lots around the court house which made it a little odd getting in and out due to the parade blockades and many vendors booths.I can't complain as usual about the rough roads as this trip was maybe the smoothest this summer. I won't even gripe about the rain, at least it was easy and gentle for an hour instead of blowing sideways with constant lightening. It did shorten the day somewhat with early awards. There was even plenty of time to stop by another show at an airport on the way home. They seemed really happy to see three hot rods come rumbling in and we had a good time visiting and watching a crew of firemen cut up a car. A complete day. And added show number 133-29 so far this season.
About 50 or so entries showed up for this festival car show around the town square. I don't know if you would call it a trend but it's cool none the less. My friend Tom showed up with his wife in their his and hers '65 Mustangs. Also on hand were Jim and Dianne in their pair of matching Fords. Both sets include sedan and convertible. It started out to be a typical fall day, ideal for the parade although threats of weather held vendor and car show attendance down. I enjoyed seeing my grandson once again in his junior high marching band. In my opinion the trouble with a points system in car judging is that it takes too long and this day was a good example as the anticipated storm hit hard while the final judging and tabulation was still going on. Those of us not brave enough to drive home in constant lightening and sideways rain were crowded into a small pavilion for the duration. When the weather let up enough I split in hopes that my house in a near by town had survived with the windows all open. Unfortunately the too fast rain had flooded a lot of intersections so it was water thrown over the roof by unfendered tires and windows steamed inside and out by the splashes on the headers. No harm done and everything dried out. They are cars and they don't melt.
The drives to car shows are getting adventurous. This show was a little difficult to get to due to the need to take the long way around road construction. It didn't help at all that the last 16 miles was through an area of yard sales on both sides of the road, with people large and small walking across each way. Add doors opening and sale goers pulling out or stopping. But I made it there and back without incident. The car show part of the festival drew 134 entries on a nice fall day. The wards were unique, not that my hot rod got one, in that about 50 large thermos bottles were given out. I don't know if they were imprinted or not. But it would have been cool of they were. I enjoyed the day, enjoyed the fire departments BBQ, and people watched all day. Another festival car show is planned for next weekend.
An annual fall festival held around the town square drew in over 130 cars and trucks for their car show. The fall weather held on, cool morning drive and warm afternoon. This was a short drive after the all day trip the day before. I enjoyed talking to other participants and looking at their projects, had some good pulled pork but the line was pretty long for cobbler with ice cream. The afternoon got a little long after the day before so I cut out before the awards and headed home. All in all a good day.
Indianapolis and back was about a 300 miles round trip for three of the ''Old Guys''. The trip itself was an ordeal on Indiana 36 which would make a good place to test tanks but watch out for horses on the road. The day at the 500 track was a very comfortable fall day and as is the case for really big shows like this, there is almost too much to see. We walked and looked all day and visited with strangers who were interested in our hot rods and even met up with friends who were there as well. The autocross and swap meet and pro built show cars are well reported but it's best to see what ordinary rodders drove in. When we finally got tired and ready to leave it was decided to go back to Illinois by a different road. It was a good trip and a great day, there and back with no trouble. I guess from the flyer in the goody bag this may be the last GoodGuys at the 500 track as plans are to move to the state fair grounds. Even after a long day and lots of rough riding I'm off in the morning to another show on Sunday.