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.
Made the trip to GoodGuys Indy on Friday, spent the day with friend Bill looking at hundreds of really cool rods, and dozens of vendors. Strangely I was able to park beside a '46 Chevy truck on both days, like a comparison. One of the things I like best about the Indy show is that the drags are there all weekend, not just the extra charge Friday night. As any one who has been in Indiana in the summer knows there ARE going to be rain storms. One came in as we were in the swap meet, by the time we got back to my rod the lines were streaming out the gates so we sat it out and left after the rain had let up. Not to be discouraged by the threat of more rain we drove back again on Saturday (about 500 miles total for the weekend) and enjoyed more hot rods, show rods, drag racing rods, and lots of people who were interested in hot rods. Including mine, as I had several interested lookers and even some compliments. Not that anyone seemed to mind the splattered rained on condition. Even with the weather it's a great show and not to be missed.
Went a little farther afield this time, about 180 miles round trip. The cars filled both side of the streets around the town square plus some side streets as well. Some very impressive rides there with a lot work in them. Not as many mustangs/corvettes and more real modified vehicles. Even still got some good comments about my little effort. The switch fix seems to have worked, at least it started every time. Our rural Illinois roads sure give my primitive suspension a work out, I really don't know if anything is going to fall off or not. Any way great show, good visits, and made it there and back again. Ready for more.