The ninth show this season was an easy thirty minute drive from home. A car dealer sponsors this car show to benefit a childrens camp and they raised several hundred dollars. Weather this weekend was back to sunny, warm, and windy. The "old guys" made a good showing along with many really nice area cars. I especially enjoyed the '40 Nash with terrific flames. I've seen this car several times before and always intended to try to capture the reflection of the flames in the flames on the hood and fender. I think it worked pretty well. There are a couple more local (within an hour or so away) shows next weekend and hopefully friend Bill can get his hot rod running and join in. The "old guys" may be spread out more next time, Fuzzy and Jim to another show.
Just a couple of days later after the Wheels Saturday evening show we all got together again to drive in more rain to catch the Hot Rod Power Tour on its way through Illinois. The weather was much the same as the Saturday before with drizzle and rain on and off all day. We walked through most of the 3 or 4 thousand cars parked all around the U of I Assembly Hall and enjoyed some pretty wild builds. There were some very brave people to drive some of the machinery we saw in the rain over those distances. The forecast says they should have better weather the rest of the way to the next stop. Any way now I've seen the Tour and am closer to my goal of 100 shows in my hot rod. Might even drive over to watch the Tour drive by to the next stop.
The "old guys" got together at Fuzzy's place for a pre-car show cookout and enjoyed great food and conversation but the weather left a lot to be desired. There were brief showers followed by brief periods of sun followed by more of the same. We all drove across town to the Main street show put on by the local Wheels car club. The weather kept up its on and off again pattern through most of the evening with some real rain thrown in. It was hard to keep track of how many times the more picky entrants wiped down their cars. Turn out of over 100 entries was a show record with many rare and pro quality cars. The streets were full of cars and people in spite of the conditions and everyone had a good time.
Last weekend was another good car show, with all of the "old guys" attending. The temperature was mid 90's but with a strong breeze which made it fairly comfortable in the shady park. I went back through all of my pictures of shows I've attended in my hot rod and renumbered them on my computer. So this is the sixth show this season but number 77 since the hot rod was able to get there and back. My goal this summer is to try for number 100 and will surely turn over 10K miles soon. As with every show one always meets people with their projects that are like old friends and new ones that you hope to see again. I am always impressed by what those with lots more talent and abilities than me have put together. There were several of those at this show.
The fifth show was a great day, good weather, good friends, and a lot of good cars. This show was along the Wabash in Indiana at a nice park with lots of shade and parking. Caught up with friends from past shows and heard about new projects. Enjoyed the company of the "old guys". I screwed up and managed to erase half of my pictures when I downloaded them into the computer. So not many here this time. Fuzzy's '36 was again chosen for a top pick inspite of the strange fact that every single member of the local corvette club was given a top pick (over ten percent of the awards!and they were ONLY corvettes). Happy to say that my top choices were also awarded. I met a young hot rodder who really had his head together hotrod wise and appreciated his '27 sedan with it's Stude engine (sorry lost the photo). The day was well spent and we all made it there and back in good order with plans to meet up at the next show.
I got a call later that week from friend Bill that he and welder Tom (who did the welding on my disc brake brackets) were overhauling his old set of headers. I had offered left over header kit pieces and gathered stuff up and drove over. Progress has been made, the 351W is in after it's rebuild and the project is lookin close to hitting the road. Some plumbing, a little wiring, and a few details are all that's left. Paint and finish are planned for after the more important MILES.