I have been looking forward to this show since last year when a friend told me that the famous California pinstriper Von Hot Rod was going to come back to the show this year. He had some work done on his 34 Chevy coupe that I liked and so I planned to be there this year. A couple of us drove up and met with others to cruise on to the Ford dealer where the show was held (along with the Fairlane Club of America show). I waited for an opening to ask about getting my tailgate striped and he said back it in. So I did. I had originally planned to have the stripes in yellow but he hadn't brought any so we chose one shot orange instead, it was a good choice. I really like the result and it was very reasonably priced so I bought a shirt as well. I'm a happy hotrodder, striping by Von Hot Rod himself. Thinking seriously about next year!!
This show has been a reliably good show for the last couple of years, not large but cool cars and just an hour down the road. There were nine guys from our little group of show goers and we mostly pulled in about the same time so got to park together. Old Guy's row sort-of. A personal thing about this show is that it is the 200th car show my hot rod and I have participated in since '09. Not a great achievement for some but I feel pretty good about it. Almost all of the OGs made it to the top picks and two were invited to a special show of the ''Best''. My new gauges seem to be reporting well but the temp is so much different than what the old gauge showed that I plan to borrow a laser temp gun to see if I can get a reliable read.
It's that time of year around central Illinois, lots of festivals and homecoming car shows. Saturday was the Cheese Festival and Sunday was the Popcorn Festival. One about an hours drive away and the other a few blocks from my house. The weather was good and the food better. The Popcorn Fest was a success with 133 entries and we had thirteen Old Guys show up in the same show.
I think The Follies is one of the best car shows around mid-America. It is also a real bargain with all of the freebies and best is the fact that they only allow pre '49 entries. No Camaros, Mustangs, or Vettes, or any other brand new car pretending to be a show car. Any way a great day with lots of cool things to look at and people to talk to. The weather was even a little better than traditional, high humidity but somewhat cooler temps. We made good time driving down, just at two hours, not a lot of construction. The trip went well other than some strange behavior from my gauges which I plan to replace. As usual we preregistered for next year and looking forward to going back.
I have been having trouble with my gauges, needles bouncing around, not working, they were cheap to begin with. When the volt meter quit I bought a new one from Jegs and liked the look and performance, so when more oddities popped up on the way home from the Frog Follies I ordered replacements for the rest, excluding the speedo. With my hot rod it's fairly simple to get working room for the dash, remove the door and the steering wheel. After having worked with the volt gauge I knew to put an old sheet on the floor to catch the very tiny 7/32 nuts that hold the wiring on the gauge. With my square hands and old fingers it is hard to work with little tiny nuts down in the connections on the back and of course I drop them. It took awhile to fish out the wiring after getting the gauges out of the frenched openings and track down the senders which were replaced as well and put in new grounds but it's all in now and a test drive proved them working.