One of my favorite shows to come back to is a fund raiser for a little church in the country where the entries are treated to ice cream and watermelon. There is also an auction for home made pies and various donated items. Word has spread among the Old Guys and there were ten ''members'' there to enjoy the day looking over the fine cars and trucks and relax in the shade. The day went well as it didn't rain then but areas had to be avoided due the the heavy rain from the days before. Like a lot of the midwest, east central Illinois has had way more rain than we need right now. We all had a great time anyway and the first time attendees we glad they had tried this little show. In years past I have mentioned the truly unique awards given out here, chunks of granite with the show date and name blasted into them. Cool!
There were too many 4th of July shows to chose from so I went to the nearest, a small show in a park hosted by the local car club. There were about 60 entries including some nearly new cars to a monster truck and some that were new to me. The weather cooperated and didn't rain for a change. As one might expect the show was cut a little short so that other activities could happen but it was a good day and most went home to enjoy the holiday with family.
The show held at a nearby Walmart has been going on for decades annually on Father's Day. This year the weather was a little iffy which hurt the turn out some but lots of fine cars showed up and everyone enjoyed the day. The Old Guys had seven members entered and took several awards and even some cash. The weather finally broke just as the award ceremony was finishing and a downpour blew through. But we all made it home, wet but in good shape. We here in central Illinois have had just as much rain as the rest of the country and several shows had to endure the low attendance. I missed a few that just didn't seem worth the drive, and a couple when it rained here but not there and when rain was expected but didn't show up.
On the way home from our lunch cruise my friend Tom's 27 T had an issue with the timing, loud bang. Over the next few days there were parts ordered and engine work to do. I had offered to help out so Tom called and I went down to see what I could help with. First though we went to see how his 57 Chevy truck was coming along in the paint shop and measured for the steering shaft and the fit of the column. It's going to be a fine truck when he finally gets it back. The T needed a new cam and kit, oil pump, timing set, and a very good engine cleaning out. The previous owner had left the engine in a mess, bad parts mounted in a bad way. Hopefully the coupe will be back on the road soon, along with the 57 truck, and the 53 Stude, and the...........
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.