This show was an evening festival opening and drew about 60 cars and trucks. The weather was cool and windy which meant good crowds and few bugs on the drive there and back. I'm a little iffy on night driving in my area in east central Illinois. We grow big deer and they can total a much bigger vehicle than mine. The hot rod had many lookers and pictures taken as well as favorable comments. I think there are no new little bed remarks, have heard them all. It was all together a good show and a good evening and a safe trip there and back. Off to another show the next morning.
This show was a quick trip compared to the 2+ hours to Indy. The weather gave showers mixed with a little sunshine and then rain pretty steady-but no complaint 'cause we need rain. Friend Fuzzy Ron got his Tbucket back from paint and was able to attend even with the weather. I'm sure he had a wet trip home. In spite of the showers it was a good day spent with good friends and even a bucket of door prizes. Aside from the usual local cars some new entries showed up and a good time was had by all.
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.