My First Classic and Custom Car Show
Not my usual venue
I really know nothing about classic cars, hot rods, or custom cars, and very, rarely attend events or shows for car enthusiasts. I can't tell the difference between a slant-6, straight-6 and a V-8, and my knowledge of how a car works is limited to putting in the key and turning it.
My son is completely disgusted with my lack of knowledge regarding makes and models of cars as seen through the windshield or side window as they zoom by, and I couldn't tell you (at a glance,) what the cars are in the pictures I am about to share.
I do know, however, that I enjoyed seeing all the different makes and models and custom paint jobs that dazzled onlookers and car enthusiasts alike.
Some of the show's participants gave us a peek at how they repaired and restored vehicles. A few of the entrants were cars in various stages of repair that showcased the amount and type of work needed to get these vehicles back to their original luster.
Both of these vehicles shown to the right drew a lot of interest from the uninitiated and car enthusiast alike.
The amount of man hours that went into the one on the bottom was astounding. You could actually see the amount of workmanship that was required for each stage shown.
When have you lifted the hood and seen anything like this? It certainly doesn't look like the engine in my car! I suppose it could, if I de-greased it, painted it, added a whole lot more gears, hoses, chrome and maybe a whole new motor!
I certainly wouldn't want to be behind the wheel of this baby...my pocket-book wouldn't be able to take the strain...not to mention the speeding tickets! Sometimes there are reasons why we don't all drive cars like this...
Speed demons apply here
How would you like to take a turn around the track in one of these?
As good as I think my skills are, these high performance cars wouldn't come close to their full potential with me behind the wheel...dream on girl!
But it would be fun wouldn't it?
Just once to see what it was like?
I don't think I would get either one of these cars moving as fast as their speedometers claim they can go, but it sure would be a treat to give it a try...once around the block for the thrill of it...
From four to two
There were even a few entries for the motorcycle enthusiasts. I don't think I've seen this much chrome under one roof before!
I have no idea what kind of bike this is, how many cc's or how fast it can go, but it certainly drew a large crowd of appreciative onlookers.
It was well guarded to keep patrons from trying to sit on it, which was rather disappointing, as I wouldn't have minded doing just that!
I even revisited this display after a walk-about, just to see if the owners had taken a break, but it was still a no-go. Oh, well, better luck next time!
I must admit, I have never seen a hood open quite like this before but I was most impressed!
I have no idea what kind of car this is, I'm sure it was pointed out to me at the time, and my son will be thoroughly disgusted that I don't remember, but I thought it was impressive enough to take a picture!
I have never seen so much attention to detail. There were at least four people dusting and polishing this entry from bumper to bumper...all day long!
I guess my timing was good, because I did manage to snap the picture in between polishing.
Trust a woman to take a picture like this! Actually, my son was the instigator for this picture, and to be honest, I couldn't pass it up. As far as I was concerned, the rest of the car was pretty ordinary!
Amazing paint jobs
One of the things I enjoyed the most were the paint jobs. Some were classic, others a little bolder, but all of them were impeccable. The amount of time, effort and upkeep that go into one of these cars is staggering.
The 1932 Ford Coupe in the front (even I can read a sign...) had, to my mind, the best paint job in the whole building. The richness of the colors were amazing and I honestly don't think these pictures really do it justice. (You can click on the picture to see the full size and appreciate the richness of the colors.)
No self respecting car show would be complete without muscle cars. These babies used to be the kings of the road and a symbol of the American dream. Nearly every boy across the country wanted a muscle car to go along with his new drivers license.
Heads turned and voices "oohed" and "awed" whenever one rumbled past.
No attempt by bystanders to "peek under the hood" was ignored, as owners proudly displayed their marvelous machines.
Even today, these cars garner a ton of interest and are shown off just as proudly by their owners as they were years ago.
Serious need for speed
All cars fulfill a need for speed on some level, but nothing says 'serious' like dragsters and funny cars.
I recently had an opportunity to watch the races at our local raceway, and I was amazed at how fast these cars actually are.
I can't quote speeds as my hands were covering my ears, so I didn't hear the commentators, but I can tell you that when they fired up the engines, the temperature track-side rose at least thirty degrees!
All of these cars are race-ready, and were here to advertise for up-coming races.
One of the reasons these cars are so fast is because they are all engine! I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to be sitting behind one of these at a stop light.
And check out the size of these tires! It takes a skillful hand to keep these cars pointed in the right direction.
End of the road
I hope you enjoyed my day at the car show, and will leave you now to enjoy the remaining pictures without my witty commentary!
It really was a fun day, and I enjoyed all the exhibits, taking pictures and meeting Batman...but that's for another hub...