Some of the Old Guys cruised to yet another locally famous old timey eating establishment. The idea was to not only enjoy a great hamburger for lunch but to be there when the (National?) Buick Club rolled in on their tour through Illinois. The diner is in the middle of east central Illinois' oil fields and farming. It has served for many years as a good place to have lunch between checking pumps and pipes as well as a break from the tractor field work. The building is full of memorabilia and old time charm. It is also known for delicious iron skillet pie. We enjoyed checking out the classic Buicks and visiting with the drivers who were from all over the country. Good friendly people, justly proud of their cars. It was unfortunately a rainy stormy day but it didn't stop the fun had by everyone. Wishing them a safe trip home.
Like a lot of other parts of the country we have had plenty of rain, especially on the weekends. The show this weekend has traditionally been one with storms in the late afternoon and I had planned to leave as soon as it clouded up to avoid driving for an hour in a downpour as has happened too often before. It didn't happen, had a beautiful day. So much so that 150 cars showed up and the local club kept moving things around to make room for the late entries. On the whole a great show, well run, in a fine place that offered photo settings with cool old signs and even an old fashioned soda fountain. Had a great time and a good trip.
After driving to a show in the morning, I came back home for a first year show in center of town. The entries were lined down both sides of Main Street as part of a local celebration. The turn out was pretty good and every one enjoyed the music from the stage and vendor food. A club from nearby Indiana took charge of the show and did a fine job. The awards were given out in very interesting ways. Rather than the usual best this and that or top so many there were awards for dressing in the color of your car, got rust, oldest car, etc. It was the first annual and has room to grow.
The hot rod was out of action for about 20 days while the insurance company arranged for an adjuster and the shop cleaned and buffed down to the original paint. They did a good job especially considering there were several different kinds of paint sprayed on and the yellow body color was urethane enamel with no clear coat. I was satisfied with the result as it looks as good as it did before. I did take in two car shows and a cruise while waiting for it to be finished but not as much fun without the hot rod. To make up I went to two shows the next day after I got it back. A nearby Harley dealer backs onto an old farm and the barns and grounds made a great setting for a show. The bikini bike wash didn't hurt either. For what it's worth, the children were under nine years old and can not be charged legally and evidently neither can the parents, so until the insurance company sues them they all get off free.
I left the house to go to my grand children's high school band concert and when I returned I found that some neighborhood unsupervised children had let themselves into my garage and trashed it and spray painted my hot rod. The kids were discovered by the police within minutes after my call along with various items of mine that they had taken home in my wheel barrow. Fortunately nothing of value was taken (these were children under nine years of age) and no one was hurt. Being too young the children were not charged as such but the parents were held responsible. My insurance is going to cover the removal of the spray paint and if needed the repainting. The hot rod is in the shop now awaiting final appraisal and inspection. If I can get it back the way it was I'm a happy Old Guy.
*****I have since learned that there is nothing legal that can be done with the parents, but my insurance will sue them for the damages.