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.
Some shows turn into surprises This fairgrounds show was about thirty miles away and was one I had been to before. The surprise was that due to new management and lots of publicity the number of entries had grown a lot. I was told there were eighty seven in the car/truck part of the show, there were tractors in the other part, The day was overcast and cooler than expected. Friends showed up and I met friends of theirs and talked car times old and new. As happens at some shows there were several really interested spectators with questions on my build. Of course at other shows people look quickly and go on. This was a good show and I'll plan to be back again. Now off to another show tomorrow.
Didn't go to show #11 yet but spent some quality time with the grandkids last weekend. Between shows I've had some small projects to work on when not making repairs. Some are just for fun and others more useful. A couple of these are that I tried my hand at outlining the logo on the tailgate but haven't worked up the nerve to try stripping it yet. Also it occured to me in the middle of the night that I could use a luggage rack on the bed to carry chairs or whatever when I have a passenger. The rack will protect the bed rails and the bed cover. I made it from a salvaged aluminum shelf piece and bent 1/2 inch conduit. It only needs the ubolts strimmed and the foot caps siliconed on. I wasn't able to load the pic of the tail gate letters but maybe they will show in this picture.
No long drive for this show, just about a half mile to the annual 4th of July car show. The weather was as one would expect, hot and humid after yet another over night storm. There were 97 entries with a good mix of types, something for everyone. This is one of the few shows I've been to with cash awards for the top picks. Met up with friends I hadn't seen yet this summer and caught up with projects, car swaps, and very interesting trades. One involved a 3 legged goat and a 23 T coupe. The show wrapped up with an invitation to cruise to celebration at our local park. Going to miss next weekend's show but the following weekend offers another chance for a three-fer.