I drove about an hour and a half over into Indiana for a show at Vincennes University. It was a cold drive with temps about 25 and of course no heater in a hot rod, plus there are still lots of air leaks. Even at that it was a beautiful day. This was my first time here and there were a 100+ cars and trucks. This show goes pretty much unadvertised but is well worth the trip. The auto shop classes put it on and judge the entries. There is also a chance to run on the dyno which was taken advantage of by several people. How about a 1000hp Chevelle? Talked to many about their projects and enjoyed the day. I highly recommend this show to anyone. Now back home it's time to start the winter "fixes".
This show was another fall festival in a direction/area I hadn't been to yet in hopes of seeing new cars. 60-70 cars and trucks were parked just off the town square with lots that I had never seen. The weather was cool and windy and there was a good local crowd. Had some good conversations about other rides as well as mine, saw some really interesting projects, and enjoyed the day. I was even able to get info on the next (last) show I can find to attend, which weather permitting will be next weekend at Vincennes IN.
I've been having lots of trouble posting pictures lately, due to my computer which now won't even let me on the internet. Fortunately I'm able to use one of my son's, although probably not so exciting for the one or two people who check my posts. The "show" I went to was an all car enthusiasts picnic at a local state park. My friend Bill and I pretty much just drove in and right out again. We did visit shortly with a couple of car show friends and exchanged ideas about where to go next time. Then it was back to Bill's to look over the start of his winter rebuild. He plans to remove the T style rear spring on his hot rod and replace it with coils and shocks. The rear frame will extend with 2x4 tube and cross members with allowance for the gas tank and battery. Plans also call for trimming the lower bed sides, adding a model A tail gate, and floor of wood. At this point the final "look" will be light blue with wide whites and chromies and possibly low stake sides. If the weather holds there are but two more shows planned.
Took in another small local show, the weather was very warm for the season but beautiful. There was a small turn out for such a day but maybe the last chance to join a group of other hot rodders before the cold sets in. Had a good time.
A buddy and I did go to the Hunnert Car Pileup that weekend as well. I didn't drive the hot rod there as I have torque thrust II wheels which were supposed to be disallowed. I saw a dozen sets on cars in the show. My friend hadn't realized this show was such a big deal and we were both impressed by the turn out number of cars. The show was however pretty much what I had expected, which was mostly rat rods. There did not seem to be any rhyme or reason for acceptance as there were a lot of "rules" which were obviously violated and many cars turned away which seemingly fit the idea of "traditional". It really seemed as if the inspectors could let in anyone they wanted or exclude anyone just on personal opinion regardless of their own rules. The third picture sums it up for me, a nice highboy pickup which I would clearly like but was the exception to the car on the right which was the norm.
Had an interesting weekend with three shows to check out. Went 269 miles in three different directions. Friday evening was 60+ cars and trucks for yet another festival. Great weather and interesting conversations about mine and other projects with owners and spectators alike. Saturday's weather was not so great with rain almost til the end of registration time. This was another festival car show and I made it in time to see my grand daughter march in the parade. The rain had one advantage in that only enough cars showed up to cover the trophies so even I got one. Sunday was my first trip to the famous Newport IN Antique Hill climbs. I met up with car show friends and joined them driving over. A thousand and some antiques and show cars and good cool weather made the experience everything they said it would be. Over all a very good weekend.