Our group the Old Guys with Hot Rods have been cruising to interesting places to eat. It's been a lot of fun and we've enjoyed some cool places. I've posted about a couple of the ''out of the way'' places here in central Illinois, most of which are small and known only to locals. Which makes it difficult to make a living for the owners. One such place is was a little country store turned into a small eatery. It is located five or six miles. either way, from the nearest town and at one time served the farmers and oilfield workers around that area. Times caused the owner to seek steady work elsewhere and only opened for special reservations. Last spring our bunch saw that there was to be an open day when the National Buick Club was coming and we went along. Really enjoyed the day and the restaurant. We eventually decided that it would be cool to reserve a day for us and picked the end of the car show season to cruise in and have lunch. I worked up a flyer which we posted on Facebook and as a service to the owners we opened the invitation to anyone who wanted to enjoy hamburgers and pie and a sort-of car show. There was a great response, lots of likes and shares. It went beyond our expectations with cars coming in all day long from a large area. We had fifty cars in a very small parking area and people who just stopped to eat. I was so busy parking and visiting with new car drivers that I didn't get many pictures other than early. All of us and the owners were really pleased with the day. We plan to do it again.
I've gotten way behind in posting to this site, there have been several other things going on. I've helped one of the guys with his 53 Studebaker, been working on my shop to close in an unused door where I then mounted a LP gas heater, and trying to help organize an end of the season car show. I'm looking forward to posting pictures of the Old Guys with Hot Rods lunch-in-drive-in. Here are a couple of pictures of the last three shows I've driven to, another fall festival and an Art and Wine cruise-in and a first time show at a local church for a fund raiser. They were all good shows and had plenty of good food and good fun with good company.
I've mentioned in the past that one of the favorite passtimes of the Old Guys with Hot Rods is driving our hot rods to different places to eat. We sort-of make a rolling drive in car show. These two trips were to area eating places that are out of the way for anyone but locals. We made it to an old fashioned root beer stand (complete with a cute car hop) just before it closed for the season. We plan to be back when they reopen. The other place is in a tiny town a little closer to my home where the food is good and inexpensive. This day we were there for breakfast, giant cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven, ham and eggs,etc.. We had a fun time at each and plan more runs for fun food.
On the Saturday after our fast trip to Kentucky was a local club's cruise to one of the area's most popular destinations. In the middle of nowhere is a country store that offers old fashioned griddled hamburgers. This little place often hosts hundreds of bikers and tourists on a Saturday. We cruised on back roads with thirty or so cars and bikes and enjoyed the lunch and time. A fun trip.
The next day was a Fall Festival car show on a near by town square. The Old Guys mostly parked together and had a great day with good food and entertainment and company.
A friend and I had three car shows we wanted to attend this weekend so we decided to make a fast trip to the Good-Guys Nationals in Bowling Green KY. As we were trying to hurry we drove down in my daily driver instead of the hot rods. Anyway we had a great day and hope that the show comes back on a yearly schedule. One of the really great things about Beech Bend is that you are sitting right on the strip to watch the drags...loud and smoky. Not as many cars but we were there on Friday. It was a good trip although a long day, 4+ hours each way.