I'm still trying to catch up on my journal entries so here's another one...
We have finally caught a break in the 100 degree weather. This was a Friday evening show and lots cooler, in fact a great evening. Don't know if it was the finer weather or just an open weekend but the turn out was very good with near 100 entries. According to the locals a much bigger crowd. We met up with some old friends and some new ones and especially enjoyed the cool cars that I hadn't seen before. It was a good evening and a good show and an uneventful drive there and back. I left with plans to meet up with Fuzzy and the old guys again the next morning for another show in another town.
My next show was held at a small country church just a few miles away. We can't seem to avoid high 90s temps but this day looked to bring some much needed rain. Of course it didn't show up but it did cool off a little, making for a nicer day. I will confess that other than getting to attend another car show (on my way to #100) one of my main reasons was the advertised free ice cream. Serve this up with cool cars and friends and a good drive and it dosen't get any better. I have been very lucky lately to receive some unique trophies. This church show had a top 35 (about half the attendance so even I got one) and the awards were chunks of granite that had been engraved--how cool is that. And much appreciated along with the ice cream!!
As planned I drove about sixty miles or so up to Fuzzy's home on this Saturday and followed as he guided the way to a first time for me show. This was a mid-town venue and after we finally found the location on Main Street we both backed in and set up. It seems most towns these days have lost the old main street feel of being in the center or heart of a town. The main businesses have all left main street. This was a good show in several ways, a new town, a different route/drive to get there, and new unfamiliar entries and people. We had another 100 degree day and kept adjusting our seating to avoid the creeping sun into the small shade we shared with several other show participants. The show was well run and accommodating and I enjoyed the day a lot, met some interesting car people and shared stories. Happily the drive there and back was uneventful even though extremely hot. And once again really enjoyed the experience of tooling down the highway with another hot rod.
The second show this weekend and again temps over 100. Attendance was down because of this I'm sure, plus the fourth of July was a couple of days away. This is a home town show for me. As in the past there were some outstanding rides entered, and good crowds in spite of the heat enjoying the fine machines. Inspired by my late friend Richard Gard the show hosts got together to make the trophies from car parts and wood. I had often talked to Bobby, the main man, and tried to encourage him in this and referred him to places I had seen where these types of trophies were shown. These awards are so much more liked than factory made plastic. I didn't think of it as a big thing but at the show I was given one of the trophies as a home town pick. I very much appreciated the honor. As you can see it's four barrel carb mounted on valve springs with a cool air filter (which even better has a cool story behind it). The old guys had a great day and took the heat in stride.
In spite of the 100 degree heat this was a two show weekend. I finally managed to put the broken rear brake back together after having ordered almost every part wrong in an attempt to improve. The trip was of course also a test to see if everything worked and all went well. I was even able toguide the little chevy gasser to the small town hosting the show. All of the entries agreed that we would gladly drive home in the rain. We are a foot behind average and desparatley need rain. Anyway a goodshow, if small, hosted by good people. There was no entry fee and lots of door prize goodies in Redmon IL., you should all go next year.