Due to the task of tallying the scores of the judges in the first show, the awards were pretty late (as usual) and made the timing pretty tight for the run to the next show. My friend Fuz had planned on a different second show and had another hour farther to drive. He had brought his Pontiac instead of his T bucket which was in the shop after an accident. I arrived in plenty of time for my evening show held to support the local food bank. There were over fifty entries which were treated to burgers and games. I met up with friend Bill and made plans for the Sunday car show the next day. The predicted weather arrived about dark and the show broke up. All of the miles of bouncing around produced a loose connection in the gauges which shut off as I was leaving the park. Other than that the day was a success and fun with visits with several interested people.
This is the first time this summer I have been able to make it to three car shows over the weekend. The plan was to drive south from my home thirty miles to a Shriner hosted car show during the day on Saturday and leave as soon as the awards were over. Then it was back through my home town and on north another twenty miles or so to the next show in the evening. The first show had a good turn out with a lot of cars I hadn't seen before. The weather fore cast called for the chance of rain late afternoon, but the day was pleasant with lots of spectators and interest in the various entries. The trip was uneventful in spite of our rough highways.
I didn't think after spending five hours last weekend driving home from Kentucky that I would want to, but this weekend offered another car show to attend. Fortunately this one was much closer. The weather was great but windy and the cloud cover may have discouraged some but the show was successful with a pretty good turn out. Visited with several interested participants and spectators and also was given leads on engines for friend Bill's rod. The fixes on the luggage rack worked as it held up fine with our two chairs and my box. It was a good show, a good day, and a good trip.
I drove the hot rod to the St Rod Nats in Louisville KY. for the third time since it hit the road. The main problem on this trip is that the road hits back for 600 miles round trip. Didn't have any major mechanical failures, the new radiator fix held up fine and the replaced brake caliper worked as it should. Although when I finally got home I found that the pad on the same brake was breaking. It has since been replaced. The weather just like the rest of the country was hot and humid. I'm not sure how many others showed up but the highest entry number I saw, when I thought to look, was in the nine thousands. Spent the day Friday walking constantly looking at the rows of fine machinery and vendors. My son lives in the area another 40 miles south and after attending a grand daughter soccer game and working around his mini farm we returned to the Nats on Sunday. Probably 70% of the entries had left for home but that still leaves 3000 cars. Drove home Sunday evening and after five hours from south of Louisville to my home I was beat and wondering if 300 miles was way too far to drive in the shake, rattle, and bounce hot rod.
I picked up friend Bill (no progress on his) and loaded my newly made luggage rack with the chairs and my box of many wonders. We went up the interstate about an hour to a show held at an outlet mall parking lot. Temps were forecast in the 90's with humidity to match so we took lots of ice water. Thanks to good friend Fuzzy we had parking space saved next to shade trees and survived the heat in relative comfort. I think there were 107 entries for the benefit of breast cancer research. I enjoyed lots of new to me cars and trucks and access to cheap books and ice cream. Three of my favorite things. I should also add that with the weight of two lawn chairs and my loaded box the luggage rack folded up (turned in the u-bolts) so more bracing is needed to offset weight and the constant bouncing of my suspension and Illinois roads. I have since added a through bolt to help prevent twisting and a brace across the back to hold the legs together. I will miss a couple of shows now while the radiator is in the shop for a leak fix.