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.
I had been looking forward to this show in hopes of meeting up with a friend that I had yet to see this summer. This show is usually a big one for this area in south central Illinois. The day was warm early and there were cars out on the road going the same way, which is a good sign. It turned out that 145 entries came in. They parked me in about the same spot I've had several times before. Included in the four Old Guys that showed up was the guy I wanted along with his real '32 Ford roadster. He had finished the top over the winter and finalized the paint the way he wanted it and it works really well. Not to mention the dual quad, 327 small block, four speed, and aluminum panel interior, it is a really fine ride. And a cool guy. Had a great day visiting with car guys and spectators, and driving my hot rod.