Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Thank You.....

Friday we cruised to Ashland, VA and the weekly Chick-fil-a cruise.  This is usually a 53 mile trip but because of the Memorial Day weekend traffic we chose to go around I-95 so we traveled about 67 miles instead!  The cruise didn’t have as many cars as usual, no doubt the cold weather caused many to think twice about venturing out….in fact right before the sun set we left too…..it was just too cold to sit in lawn chairs outside!

About 45 different vehicles showed up and as usual varied from new to very old hot rods.  I think the newest was Jim & Linda’s new red Vette and the oldest was the black/silver ’29 Ford coupe.  My favorite of the night was the black ’49 Dodge….with the “I like Ike” sticker on the back!  When I walked up to it I noticed two adults near it, looking kinda proud so as I pointed to the ’49, I asked….is it yours?  The both said no, but pointed to a young man nearby that couldn’t be over 17 as the owner.  As he came to the car he said yes he was the owner!  I asked if he rebuilt the car and he shared that many people had helped him get it to its present condition.  The parents shared with me that they offered to help him put together any kind of car he wanted….and he chose the ’49 Dodge!  I was so happy to see someone so young actually choose to play with old cars….there might just be hope for our hobby’s future!
The Princess ate her dinner and started whining about how cold it was and how far we were from home….and it was getting dark and it was cold….so we packed up and made our way home.  It was, after all, getting colder….grin
Saturday we wanted to cruise to Manassas, VA and the cruise at the Burger King near the airport.  This cruise is a year around weekly deal and managed by Bull Run Street Rods.  This is a very fluid cruise in that about ¼ of the cruisers just stay for an hour or so then leave and more come to take their place.  I waited too long to begin my walk around taking pictures and some of the cars I wanted to shoot had left but the lot was always full.  In fact we had to park up on a berm overlooking the lot….which was a cool place anyway and which we may use the next time.  My favorite car of the evening was the yellow ’32 Ford 5w with Mickey’s so large they almost met in the middle, blown SBC and had fun written all over it!  I really miss my RedRat and love to see these evil little cars on the road.  After the Princess ate she came back out and started complaining about the cold (I see a pattern here) but then they visited the ice cream vendor in the corner of the lot!?  But finally the whining was incessant….I thought we may be treated to a hands on the hips, foot stomping evil eyed look about how cold she was….so we all broke camp and cruised home….I think Milo was ready to go to.
Sunday we cruised about 45 miles to the Salem VFD a little north of Culpeper, VA.  This was a show that we had attended in the past but it hadn’t been put on for the last couple years.  This year Tony organized it with help from local friends and attracted over 120 cars to spend a gorgeous day in rural Virginia enjoying friends and hot rods.  The weather was Chamber of Commerce perfect and DJ Ron shared some of his vast music collection with us while we were serenaded by millions of Cicada’s!  Yes their sound is almost deafening, it is in the background incessantly.  It is the 17 year Cicada hatch….or Brood II as some are calling it.  They are everywhere and will only get worse for the next couple of weeks.  The sound is like a Road Runner horn that is stuck on….all day….  And when you pick up one of the little buggers they growl at you!  They can’t hurt you but they are still intimidating nonetheless with their little bulging red eyes and mindless flying into anything in their flight path.
DJ Ron received a few more hand signals from the ladies….you have to ask him….I can’t keep up with this!  Ron also offered a prayer for our Troops currently in service and for those that have gone before.  We need to pause daily and remember those that protect us….our Military and our First Responders….even with the near tyrannical government we are enduring now….we still are a blessed Country and should daily thank those that are fighting the good fight in our stead.
Tony has been involved in managing many events in these parts of Virginia and his expertise showed again on Sunday.  The event ran without a hitch as we have come to expect with his leadership.  The food was prepared by the VFD staff and was GREAT, far above normal car show fare.
The entrants varied from the usual local suspects to a red Fox Mustang that ran 16 hrs straight from Florida!  There were 4 of the Chevy AD trucks like ours….a lot at one show.  The red & white Betty Boop VW was wowing people and the ’70 Ford telephone truck was just too nostalgic.  And the red ’59 Caddy that was two zip codes long was the best example of the fins and chrome era that some of us grew up in.  The blue/black ’37 Chevy PU was very stately and unassuming….till he stepped on the loud pedal!  And Mr. Breeden was rubbing on his green ’68 Pontiac all day….I don’t think any dust or pollen ever spent more than a millisecond on his ride!  It’s always a welcomed addition to any show.  I liked the black/red striped ’35 Chevy sedan with too much motor (did I day that?) that growled coming in and leaped as he left the event, I think he was hooking up real good!  Stuart brought out his pristine blue, 427 FE powered Cobra….he also leaned on it a little when he left the event….I’m sure his foot just slipped….I know Stuart wouldn’t intentionally allow his tires to make all that noise….grin  This is another of the ‘must attend’ events you have to try next year if you’re in the area….you won’t be disappointed.  Since the weather was so perfect the cruise home was just a bonus to the day….I love this hobby.
Sunday the Princess and I just wanted to be by ourselves to reflect on the holiday and what it means to us.  We cruised in the old Chevy truck to Winchester, VA for lunch and enjoyed each other’s company while we took in the grandeur that God has blessed us with….while we remembered those that have sacrificed for us.  God bless and keep our Military Veterans.


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