Went back to the Frog Follies this year, the second time in my hot rod. This was a great show as always, the last number I heard on Saturday was 4037 I think. The weather was warm but not the HOT and HUMID of years past. I found a new way to go down by cutting over to Sullivan IN and it was a much better ride than before. Saw lots of magazine quality rods and got lots of picture takers looking at mine. Why does everyone laugh at my bed?? We parked in the hollow just west of the gate in the shade and watched the rods drive in when we weren't wandering around. The line for spectators was backed up to 41 all day long. The only casualty was a rock chip in my chopped windshield that will have to be taken care of before it breaks further. We also noted more rods built along the lines of mine than in the last couple of years.
After the cookout show on Saturday I scraped the bugs off the windshield and went to another show on Sunday. This is a big show for our area, almost 200 cars, and lots of first class rides. The weather was great and even got to park in the shade. Went with two friends during the show to see one's latest project, a '32 roadster. Gonna be nice. The host club gave out bunches of door prizes, I got shop towels, never enough of those. Next show is this weekend about two hours away...The Frog Follies.
This week end was a twofer. Saturday drove up to a local car club's hamburger cookout. Entry got you up to four hamburgers, chips and drinks. The weather cooperated with a good breeze all evening and a good time was had by all. I tried to take some pictures of the new paint but on review there were lots of shadows, then didn't think to get a group shot until late. Too busy visiting I guess.
Went to another local show. Hadn't been to this one before but it was a good show. The cars and trucks eventually out grew the space, more came than had before. The lane in front, in the pictures between two rows of cars, was filled and then the space behind. There were some very nice cars there. I should have gotten pictures of them. The show was part of an antique tractor and engine exhibit, some very interestng stuff. Needless to say the high 90's temperature didn't make the day go any faster. Made it there and back with no troubles. The paint on the hood was finally done, and I installed weather strip, at least on the drivers door, which really helped keep out hot air coming in at the front.
As I said in my last post I had to pick up my hot rod early from the painter to leave Friday morning 5ish. From my garage to L'ville is about four hours, 200 miles or so. As usual I didn't get turned quickly enough and ended in the airport, again, but got back around and registered. Strangely at the same time as a guy I parked next to at GGIndy. Made it to the Nats and parked out in area 51, lots of room, and really enjoyed the show. Met up with a friend from other shows, saw some great cars, and had a good time before heading on through south to my son's.
I don't know the official numbers but on Friday and Sunday, the two days I was there, the highest registration number I saw was 9900 something. So they maybe broke 10K. And of course a donk and some 4x4s for the "plus".
I love my hot rod but driving for hours over those roads is a test of endurance and durability, one just hopes nothing important falls off.
I thought of my late friend Richard and wished I could have shared some of the experience with him.