Spring Charlotte Car Show/Flea Market Observations
Got rained out today at Lowe's Motor Speedway (Charlotte) and thought I would share some observations. First, the cars for sale was just awesome, numbers wise. The potential buyers were the most I have seen in years and the activity was hectic with guys and gals crawling underneath,looking and listening. It looked as though the number of sales was probably going to be a record and the prices were out of sight, in my opinion. All this is probably the result of Barrett-Jackson, but I think it is a sign of the "booming?" economy. The reason I throw this in is because there was a steady stream of customers handing out their hard earned dollars at the vendors stands couple with the hig volume sales of vehicles. Our "junk" went like hot cakes, but maybe because my buds and I decided to use cut rate pricing to keep from taking any thing home.
Then all of the vendors in the "cookie cutter" arena had awesome displays of new toys. The likes of gleam and glitter was at an all-time high. Some of their display cars were something to behold. I saw a full glass 36 Ford Pickup that had a big blower that stuck about 18 " above the cab roof and there was a big "NOS" bottle about the size of a scubba tank in the bed!! Talk about a death wish vehicle. No roll bars and just a flimsey seat with a lap belt. I could just envision this thing being lost about the time he hit the juice.
One neat display was a guy peddling engine run-in stands. What caught my eye was the test motor, which was the sweetest running 1954 331 Hemi. Talking with him, he had owned this motor since 1960 and it has never been torn down and it still had the original paint on those beautiful, unmolested valve covers. Purred like a kitten and you can imagine the huge crowd it drew. He had two old time glass packs installed about 18 inches from the exhaust manifolds and when he tickled the carb it brought back memories!!
Thanks, Barrett-Jackson and glitter vendors for making our hobby more and more out of reach for many of us.