Over 130 cars and trucks were lined up on both sides of the main street past the town square for the Fall Festival car show. Singers and bands and groups performed all day on the Court House lawn's gazebo. The food vendors went all the way around the square. ''Old Guys'' and car show friends were well supplied with smoked pulled pork BBQ and even cobbler with ice cream. As in years past some really fine rides were shown, from many miles away around IL and IN area, from GoodGuys winners and magazine feature cars to home made hot rods like mine and body man Gregg's tuned port powered '52 truck. This weekend was a two show set and next weekend looks to be the same but there is only another month of shows in this area before time for winter fixes.
About 12 miles from my home town, as the crow flies, on rural country roads not quite in the middle of nowhere is a local phenomenon. This ''country store'' offers hamburgers griddled up by the hundreds every weekend, to bikers and tourists and locals and even to hot rod cruisers. We joined a car club gathered at a city park along with about 40 others for a cruise to Moonshine IL.. Unfortunately the cruisers got pretty spread out but eventually everyone made it to the store along with possibly another 20 cars and trucks that had joined en-route. The line for moonburgers went some distance down the county road. Anticipating a long wait, myself and two other ''Old Guys'' cruised on the the next stop on the route which was a nearby small town which is home to an excellent little restaurant that features among it's home cooking style meals, the best pie for miles around. The cruise planned next stop was 30 minutes away to Mid-America Motorsports 'Vette Fest. It was a great cruise and everyone talked of joining in again next time.
A really great day for a car show and a drive there and back. Fall cool, clear and sunny, makes for an ideal day for visiting with friends while looking at fine customs and hot rods. I was especially glad to see a fellow ''Old Guy'' who had some health issues show up in his almost finished '32 roadster. It's the real deal from original parts, two four barrels on a 327 with a four speed. I even got some good advice for taking a little temp out of the radiator and we even discussed a wild idea involving a heater core. The show drew forty or fifty entries and most enjoyed the fall festival around the town square with great food booths and entertainment. An especially fine fall day.
A local car club held a monthly Friday night cruise-in at their home town Dog and Suds root beer drive-in. About 30 or so cars drove in that evening. I met with fellow ''Old Guy'' Tom with his '27 T coupe and parked early, had a mug of root beer and watched as others arrived. It turns out that this establishment is the original second location for the franchise and has the only still functional standing historic sign. A landmark in Robinson IL. The evening went well with cars arriving or cruising through the cool fall like weather. Tom told me and others about his newly road worthy T build and plans for one of his Studebakers. We planned to meet again for a cruise next weekend but we were both headed to different car shows the next day.
The next day after the Friday ASRA show was an easy 20 mile drive to a small town homecoming car show. I was told this was their first effort at a car show and the weather was questionable (it WANTED to rain but didn't) so the turnout was low but the entrants had a good day and the organizers did a good job. One of my fellow ''Old Guys'' made it in his newly completed '26 model T coupe. We discussed and compared build styles and ideas and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with each other and interested spectators. In keeping with our club motto of ''it's always something'', the constant hammering of Illinois' rough roads a connection for the gauge power has shaken loose so it needs a fix before next weekend's car show.