A good friend was able to reweld the caliper brackets, I had him do both sides. So I picked up friend Bill and we drove two hours to Indy for the Road Rocket Rumble. Some really interesting cars there, a lot of rat rods. Not traditional - rat rods. But many well done traditional cars too and many fine customs. On the whole it was a good day, visited with a grandson who was showing his grandfather's 1950's rail dragster. How cool is that? The weather held off, hot and humid. Had lots of picture takers and several questioners. My only real complaint would be the complete total lack of any kind of parking organization. There was some concern if we could get out at the end of our stay. Now I've been there, and I would say it was pretty much what I expected.
I had planned to take in the three shows this weekend but yet another bunch of storms has some through central Illinois and didn't go to the evening cruise-in Friday. Saturday morning I kept an eye on TWC and it was yellow and red to the west and more behind that. Called my friend Bill and told him it looks pretty bad but later he called back and said the other were going. So I guess we were committed or should be maybe. It was very wet and lots of muddy splashes on the back road we took but we made it. Not many others did. I felt bad for the event organizers but they were game and gave everyone a couple of door prizes and a trophy. Of course the weather finally turned sunny that afternoon after we started leaving.
The first photo was taken at Bill's place in the rain with our chairs strapped on the bed. His ride is coming along slowly waiting for the engine rebuild/swap.
I'm posting this after having not been able to drive the hot rod to the third show of the weekend and yes it rained again. The real reason is that as I was backing out of the garage the recently replaced disc brake caliper bracket broke. It's always an adventure!! It's scary that I've been trusting my life and a friends to my poor welds. This time it goes to a pro for safe welds. I hope to have it all back together in time to make it to the Road Rocket Rumble in Indy t his weekend.
A car dealer in a nearby town held it's 3rd annual car show last Saturday. As is the usual case, the proceeds went to a local charity and several hundred dollars were raised. This was my first time participating and was pleased to hear that the show was growing is size. Besides some of the usual suspects there were some new to me entries that I was impressed with. So I visited with friends, made plans for the next shows, and explained my hot rod to several attendees and spectators. Next weekend may be a three-fer if the weather holds.
This show was probably the largest I've been to this year. The Wheels Car Club were in charge of the event which was held in the middle of town on blocked streets with plenty of room for the about 100 cars. Some very well done pro quality cars showed up and a good time was had by all. This was an evening event and the weather was hot and humid which led to a pretty spectacular lightning show as a thunder storm moved through. I always assume that my hot rod will finish out of the running for awards especially at larger events so I left when the wind came up as the storm got close. A friend emailed me the next day to say that I should have stayed to get my top 50 award. This isn't the first time I've left too soon, you'd think I would learn.
I live in an area where there are shows to attend all around in small towns most within about an hours drive. If I go from top to bottom of this area I can get to see cars and people I haven't met yet, although there are usually some familiar of both. This particular show was a first time for me and again a little iffy on the weather but it never did rain and there were some clear sky moments. Met a new friend with a very nice T-bucket and shared histories and info on shows and places to go. My friend Ray the photographer was there for hotrodhotline as well. The drive was safe and trouble free and was kind of cool on the way home as several of the participants were going the same way. I came away with a third place plaque in a three car class!?!