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.
My painter let me know a week before I had planned to go to the Nats that he had put four coats on the cab and bed, it was jambed and ready for the hood. But he was out of paint. So I reordered on line from the same supplier and of course the paint didn't show up until the evening before I had wanted to leave on Friday. Thursday I asked him to put everything back together and I would come and get it as the paint hadn't shown up yet. I drove down to the L'ville early on Friday and spent the day there before going on to my youngest son's home south of there. I really like the paint color (although I expected a little more yellow) and the difference it makes over the color primer. As soon as I got home I told the painter I would drop off the hood and hood sides for paint, hopefully to get them back by the end of the week. He said "could do".
I'm not sure this is the right place to put this but this journal is like a diary and this is important to me. This has been a very bad week. On the one hand my hot rod is in the paint booth and will be done in a few days. Something I've wanted fom the begining and it took alot of help from my best friend to get it to this point. My good best friend Richard Gard was killed last Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Louisville KY on his way to vacation. It's going to take a long time to deal with this. The funeral is today.
I'll post pictures of the new paint soon and the next show which is the Street Rod Nationals. Richard will be there with me ...in spirit. Rest in Peace.