Drove down to an area cruise in, a monthly affair on Friday evening. Ran just behind a thunderstorm most of the way. Didn't rain on me but wet roads so there were four rooster tails. The cold water just pops my header paint off in flakes, they were flying in the window. Anyway not very many showed up, I would guess due to the rain. Had a great visit with a gentleman and his 58 Pontiac. A real authority on his car and its history in nascar. That's why these get togethers are great.
This weekend is a twofer, cruise in Friday and show on Sunday, so spent time Saturday cleaning off the bugs and mud.
Went to the home town 4th of July car show. There were 100+ cars and trucks and some really magazine quality rides. The day was very hot but a nice breeze lasted all day. Got to visit with friends and make a couple of new ones, it's always fun to share your project with others and answer questions and learn new things. As the show was only about half a mile away there were no breakdowns.
As I predicted in my last post the best of show winner didn't deserve the trophy made by my friend, it didn't even deserve the best of show. Another case of personal preference over actual points.
At our local 4th of July car show the Best of Show trophy has always been made by my friend Richard Gard. This year he out did himself. The trophy is mostly walnut and every part has been hand made and finished by the man himself. He is also the great guy that made my shift and dash knobs. It was my opinion that whoever won it didn't deserve it. If one is interested he has a web site with toys, music boxes, and other art work at thetoymaker.net. Enjoy the pictures but they don't do it justice.
Sunday's show was another local affair, had intended to meet up with friend Bill and his hot rod but engine trouble kept him away. There were just shy of a hundred cars and some very nice magazine quality cars on hand. The trip was uneventfull just the way I like 'em. The weather was cooperative although very hot and humid. As has been my practice some kids as well as some Asian college students had their pictures taken in my ride and seemed pleased and grateful. Not sure about where to go next weekend but there are always choices.
Saturday I took the hot rod straight up the road about an hour and a half to another small show. There were about 55 or so cars there at the end, some very nice rides. A good showing for the first time event which was put on by a local car club. We've had so much rain ( rural Illinois) most of the fields on the way had standing water and the intersections just a block away from the show had about six inches of standing water after the storm the night before.
I have made an adjustment in my shifter arrangement after another down shifting episode on the way home from Indy last weekend. I had no trouble over the rough roads with the original aluminum shift knob so I replace it with the trick wooden one at the show. There are a couple of ideas I plan to try also. I still can not believe that the shifting mechanism is that sensitive.