This show was lots bigger, about 150+ rods, customs, and restored. I occurs to me too late that I should try to get pictures of the size of the shows. This show was pretty much the same in that there were people asking why I did what I did, many liked what I did or ask questions about construction. I have noticed that most people smile when they see it, should I be concerned about that? Talked with several street rodders back from the Nats who were unhappy with the year changes. The trips have been ok even with the awful rural Illinois highways. The only casualty is a loose connection for the dash lights which I am fixing.
Just some pics of the two shows I went to this week end. The first was a small show, pretty typical for the area, about thirty or so cars and trucks. Lots of visiting amoung club members and almost everyone gets a trophy. And good food as part of the entry, you can't beat that! As has been the case had lots of interest/questions on my ride.
I enjoyed my visit with my son and his family. Saturday was the traditional day to help at the grand daughter's school getting the soccer field ready and general visiting. My youngest son was recovering from ankle surgery so when we went back to the Nats we took a wheel chair to ease his getting around. Tied it on the bed cover and away we went. Had a good day, bought some new mirrors so that I can see around the wider back of the cab, looked into weather seals for the doors, and saw a whole bunch of street rods. And yes several different ways of saying that the new 30 year rule stinks. I picked up an event shirt on which I will add "the last REAL" above the logo. I made it home again safe and not as sound as I would want but got there.
Well as hard as it is for me to believe I made it to the Nats, about 200 miles of bumps, shakes, rattles, holes, and heat. My hot rod is very much like riding a motorcycle, hot, uncomfortable, noisy, and lots of fun. Got registered after missing the turn, found the show after missing the turn, and took time to look around and enjoy before going on to my son's home another 30 miles on past L'ville. Up to this point the only casualty was that the right turn signal won't work.
I finished the new mounts for the headlights. They are smoothed into the frame and seemed to hold very well. Just got them done in time to take in another local car show about 40 miles away. At least there were no casualties this time. These trips are fun but the main reason is road testing as the plan is to leave Friday the 7th (Aug) for L'ville for the NSRA Nats. I really want to drive into this one as it will be last REAL St. Rod Nats. It will be about a 200+ mile trip, each way. I've tightened and fixed and repaired and tightened again on every thing I can think of for the trip. Plan on lots of stops to check things over and make sure that I get there.
About the show it was pretty small but as usual I met interested and interesting people. I was out on the fringes and not too many arrived after that. Had a good trip.