Drove the hot rod over to Indianapolis for the first Goodguys held at the 500 Speedway. I think there were 3000+ entries, at least I saw entry numbers in the 2700s when I thought to look. Friend Bill and I walked for miles trying to see everything there and it always seemed to be more to see. I don't know if my own hot rod drew any interest as we were gone most of the time. The trip was uneventful even with all the exits off 465 closed. Our plan had always been to use state roads to avoid the horrible condition of interstate 70 in Indiana and construction zones. I missed getting to watch the drag races at Raceway Park but the autocross was cool and every one there listened to the Indy cars running all day...you could buy rides for a couple of laps. The weather was great, cool early with lots of cloud cover but perfectly clear for the rest of the day. A great show and a great day.
This trip was a surprise and a good one. I picked this car show because it gave me a chance to stop by an old friend for an over due visit. His '56 Chevy wagon is just getting under way once he unloads a vette. We had a great visit and shared our projects. Then came the surprise, as part of our ride in my hot rod we went to his friend's garage/shop. This tour was a real adventure. The garage has been written up in magazines and the internet, even a complete record on the Garage Journal. Starting as an abandoned garage/black smithy it is now "the coolest garage ever", complete with several spotless '60s GM cars that are perfectly restored. The best part of the cars is that they get thrashed on the drag strip regularly and often. The collection of old tools, equipment, and even a 1920 lift was mind blowing. I can't imagine having that much room, so brightly lit and operating room clean. It was worth the trip for this tour alone. The car show was a let down after that but I met up with friend Fuzzy and enjoyed the rest of the day. The home made trophies and the drive through presentation were cool. The drive was pretty much as usual but I still have not found the gremlin that jars the gauges off and on.
Over the holiday weekend I took in two more car shows. The first was one of our area festivals and it seems as if most now include a car show. I attended this one last year and the number of entries was down quite a bit. The weather was very hot and there were several other Labor Day shows around which may account for the fewer entries. The trip was fine and there were many interested spectators. My only and usual complaint was a full third of the awards were given to new production cars. I drove through a little shower of rain on the way home and the weather changed dramatically for the next days show which was only a few blocks from my home. The day was much cooler (by 30 degrees) and there were a few light sprinkles of rain, just enough for the fussy types to hurry and close up hoods etc., and then wipe down again. There were about a hundred entries and lots of spectators enjoying the Popcorn Festival and car show. One good thing about intermittent showers is that only real car people get out in it, so there were very few corvettes and no new cars. My problem was, just as I did last year, I was so busy visiting with friends and family that I totally forgot to get the camera out. The pictures are just from the Cheese Fest car show.
Over six thousand street rods/hot rods showed up for the 37th
annual Frog Follies. Wanting to arrive as early as we could meant leaving about dawn as we would lose an hour as soon as we crossed into Indiana. I had researched an alternate way to get to the fairgrounds and avoid the usual line that forms on the main highway, only to find on arrival that the route had been marked with signs as a better route. And I thought I was being clever. It was thankfully an uneventful trip even with the usual-occasional bone jarring bump. I thought it odd that even with thousands of entries there were cars parked near us from close to home. There are some important differences for me to recommend the Follies over the NSRA Nats, it's only half as far to drive, admittance is limited to pre '49 (my personal preference), and even with 6000+ entries it's still small enough to see everything. There were lots of highboy pickups but virtually all of the rat variety and few "finished" enough to quality as "traditional" and maybe a handful really finished out. We talked with people from 30 miles from my home town to south Texas, about things hot rod to art and photography, tear drop trailers to the absolute absurdity of new 'glass cars made to look rusty ( here's a hint...SAVE a rusty old car!). It was a great show, great weather and a safe trip and I'm registered for next year.
Bill and I left early and put in another hour on the road to the Sunday show. This show is a large well known open show put on by the local car club. Just over two hundred entries were registered and spread over three parking areas. The weather was great, warm but with a nice breeze. Lots of door prizes were awarded and over one hundred awards. I enjoyed seeing many new cars and some old friends. Strangely the gauges bounced back on and stayed that way. I'll need to track down the cause now to get ready for the long drive next weekend to the Frog Follies.