Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend to remember

Friday night at VA BBQ in Fredericksburg....all of the usual suspects were there....and a few new cars! A 52 Nash....some would say it's ugly....some would not, but remember it's contemporaries were also kinda round and bulbous. I had a 34 Nash and have heard many comments about our 'orphan' cars! This 52 was very nicely restored and it looks mostly original, a nice car and I bet it's comfortable! The red 63 split window Vette was the nicest 63 I have seen, the owner says he brings it out all the time but I have never seen it before? Then a 1960 Hillman....HUH....yeah a Hillman. I remember seeing it in Nov of 06 at VA Bazaar for the first time, it's kinda neat. It doesn't have a Hillman motor....grin If it is at a show near you check it out. Then I saw a nice red 67 Goat with a driver I'd seen before....actually he was out of place, I usually see him in his Red 36 Ford PU....the Goat is very nice but I like the PU better! Frank and Jim & Linda brought their Vettes....more about this later. Ron drove his 28 Dodge so the honor of the Mopar guys was intact! Silvia and her husband won peoples choice with their 34 Chevy 5w....again....Maybe they should just go up and get their trophy when they arrive, just to save the anticipation for the rest of us....hehehe If you haven't given their car a close look, you are missing something!

Saturday we drove to Weyers Cave, VA to attend a 40th wedding anniversary for a couple we have know for 28 years....It was a neat deal and I'm glad we went....but no hot rods....I think I was going into withdrawal....

We got back to Stafford too late to attend the show at Bruster's Sat night. From most of the people I have talked to say we missed a neat deal. Over 125 cars attended to the point some had to be turned away! Ed won peoples choice (no surprise here!) then Maria and Andrew took some pictures and it seems there were many cars there that don't normally attend Bruster's. Maybe some will come back every week now, we'll see. Ron and his 'crew' (Gary & Gary & Tony & you know who you are) must be applauded and thanked for all the work they put into bringing hot rodding to Stafford.

Sunday we met at Bob Evan's and departed at 8AM for Cuplepper Cruisers skating rink show. Andrew, Dan & Ramona were there as well as Linda & Chuck....Also in attendance was Frank and Jim & Linda in their Vettes....they came along and added a modicum of class and sophistication to our outing. It worked! At the show we found a 34ish Chevy 4dr that was real nice. Henry & Loretta brought their orange 39 sedan and parked next to us so we could visit with them most of the day, a good thing. Richard brought his red Chevy PU with the 409....It just gets prettier every time I see it. The best of show was a very special red 34 Ford with a SB Ford motor with a trick induction system, check it out when you can. He was totally surprised with the award...he walked past me muttering "I can't believe it, I can't believe it, I can't believe it" That was cool....and I want his hat! DJ Ron, as usual, did his magnificent job....the jail deal was fun, I hope he does that again at Orange....you have to be there! The show was down on attendance from last year, I don't know by how much but last year the parking lot was filled.

We broke camp and the Queen & Princess decided we needed to keep driving around while gas was cheap, $4.15 gal!!!! So we cruised to Glory Days in Lorton. Each Sunday the Prince William Cruisers hosts a cruise in there. We have been trying to get there a few months but something always comes up so today is the day! Steve and his crew were perfect hosts and provided us with discount coupons to Glory Days (Maybe he should have tried to bribe us last month and we may have cruised over sooner? hehehe). The food was great and they have a good variety to choose from. They also let us use the primo parking places with shade and grass....a nice touch. Since Frank had to leave for home from Culpepper we still had Jim & Linda and their 08 Vette. The PW Cruisers cut us some slack and let Jim & Linda park their 'new' Vette with us and the hot rods....and didn't banish them to the yonder parking lot with the porta jons and gravel! grin. The PW Cruisers were friendly, like most real rodders, and welcomed us and made us feel like old friends. There were some unusual rides too....71 Ranchero, a 62 Pontiac and a purple/periwinkle 32 Ford PU. If you see this PU you need to spend some time looking at it real close, it's really nice. AND the best of show winner from Culpepper was here too, I got a chance to look at that 34 a little closer, very nice car! Then a copper colored 34ish Chevy 3 window. This was a nice cruise and the traffic going back to Stafford was not bad....if you are looking for somewhere to go on Sunday afternoon, this could work out for you too!

We met at Bob Evan's on Monday and left at 8AM. The Vettes were not with us so it was an unruly, noisy, unsophisticated, bunch of hot rodders who left Stafford for Goldvein. The show is on grass and we got a line next to the road....which is normally a good deal....more about this later! There was a nice 57 Chevy PU that was new to me. A purple 39? Pro Street Ford PU that was very cool, check out the bed! Pauls evil looking lakester....did you know he has a class III hitch receiver welded to the rear end? Hmmmmm Maybe he does yard work during the week and hauls his equipment around on a trailer behind his 34?....hehehe Mike and his Angilia was there too. But the neatest thing was the old, I think 29-31, Ford produce truck. There were four 'old' cars....they all look the same and I can't tell the years apart, one of my many failings as a 'car guy'! I took a pic of the line up in front which is my try at artsy fartsy photography that day! One of the 'old' cars was Sam and his wife with their 1920 Model T touring car....Sam and his wife won two trophies. Ron won one, Dan & Ramona won one, Ed won one, Henry & Loretta won one, Mike one one....Pete won one and got a nice flowery bag of something....and the Princess....Hmmmmm....The Princess says it's not about winning and loosing, it's about the fellowship and camaraderie of like minded outgoing people, about being outdoors and not cooped up indoors, about sharing her passion of the hobby with others, about meeting old friends, making new friends....I think she's lying....I think she is a poor looser....Dom always says if it's not best of show it's a looser! The Princess thinks that is funny when they say that about me? She isn't laughing....I asked her if it would make it better if I polished her trophies twice this week instead of once? The look she gave me burned off my eyebrows.... don't ask me why I had to fix one of the old trophies.... don't ask! The day was post card perfect and the advertising was good but attendance was down from last year....I hope this isn't a portent of things to come....

Be sure to check out the pictures of the weekends events

On a serious note there was a person at the Goldvein show that was driving a ratty old green and primer 4x4 PU that did an out of controll burnout, in front of the Fire Dept and spectators sitting on the roadside then lost control and got crossed up and was coming toward the participants and their cars, barely missing the orange fence. This is so stupid, childish, infantile and dangerous to others. It's not about it being a PU, it could have been the same idiot driving anything. This is the kind of behavior that most 'non car people' think we all do anyway.... There is a time and place for everything, even burnouts....that was NOT the time OR place for that kind of stupid and rude activity! Please do not condone, support or encourage this type of behavior at car shows where it puts people in danger. Shows can and will get a reputation as a place to avoid.
Those that know me know that I don't usually get too upset about dumb behavior or stupid drivers....God will sort them out in His time....But putting the lives of 30+ people at risk just should not have happened!
..................I'll get off my soapbox now..............

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