Monday, June 21, 2010

The birds revenge

We arrived at Colonial Beach for their Father’s Day show before 8AM and the lot had 20 cars already parked. I picked out a neat place on the hill under some trees….but I misjudged the size of the space and Dan’s 55 wouldn’t have enough room and the Princess was whining about her car is too low and the headers hang on the grass and she couldn’t see real good because of the shade the trees were providing made it dark and the path in front of her was gravel and we were too close to it and the dust would get all over the cars and and and….I give up! I shut down the RedRat and told them to park where they wanted and when they were settled I would park next to them. Dan parked his ’55 about mid way down the hill near a telephone pole….so the Princess parked next to him on the other side of the pole and I parked next to her….all was well. We had put up our canopies and set out the chairs when Ramona let out a shriek and Dan started using some bad words…. I guess we were acting like deer, we didn’t look up. The pole wasn’t a telephone pole….it was an Osprey nesting site….with an adult Osprey in the nest, screeching and looking at us with a very menacing glare. I guess the bird didn’t like Dan’s nice, shiny, clean, spotless car under her nest. So she did the only thing she could, she bombed the car….really bad….the stuff was all over the car….I mean ALL OVER the car and the sun was out and the heat was up and the stuff was cooking on the black paint, I think I saw smoke rising off some of the stuff. Now those of you that have seen Dan’s ’55 know it looks like a black mirror, nearly flawless….but now most of it looked like that speckle paint on the inside of trunks! Dan & Ramona got busy and cleaned off the mess although some cleaning would have to wait till next week when the door panel could come off and some molding removed to clean behind it, a real mess. We moved away from the pole/bird!

The venue is a town hill, right in the middle of town, what a concept! It has a permanent stage so the DJ worked out well. The bathrooms were porta potties and were new and clean and there is always a little breeze blowing off the Potomac River. The few trees scattered around the site offer some respite from the sun and heat. The event is managed nicelly with no hiccups in the program all day....

There were almost 60 cars registered in the event with some coming across the Potomac from Maryland. This show is usually attended heavily by original cars and this day was no exception. From the 1914 Jeffery Rambler to the ’57 Ford retractable to the Hudson Hornet and the ’60 Chrysler 300….the “original” cars were well represented. There were some late model cars as well as muscle cars and street rods. My ‘Best of Show’ was the copper ’34 Plymouth with the early 392 Hemi. That car had so many hand built custom touches and everywhere I looked I saw more handy work of Dan Costello, the owner. I liked the zoomies and the tilt front group….the car was clearly the coolest car on the lot for me. The judges had their hands full picking the winners and some grumbling was heard about the outcome but that happens at most shows. Dan & Ramona won the best Chevy trophy and the Princess won best street rod….some cars won multiple trophies….I think that takes awards away from other “worthy” cars when that happens. The ’34 Plymouth didn’t win anything!

This show has a very high number of “non car” people that wander in and ask questions and generally make the day more interesting for us. We like to share our hobby with anyone that will listen and Sunday we had a lot of egger listeners…. especially the Princess with her non-stop style of communication …. I didn’t say that. It was very hot and when we left I did my best impersonation of Fred the pathfinder and got us to the Crabby Oyster for a late lunch. We cruised home and collapsed from the heat. We may rethink our priority of going to shows verses cruises during the summer months.

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