Posted 2017-08-20 6:05 AM (#546563) Subject: Made a local car show yesterday th the 300-F
Location: Eastern Iowa
I wasted the day yesterday at a local (150 car) show. All the MoPars were in one class. I was the only one w/fins other than friend's '63 Imperial that kinda has fins!!
Exceptions were a 57 Ford, a 56 Crown Vitoria and the always super rare hard to find 57 Chevys were about it for finned 50's cars. The F took home a 3rd place piece of plastic. The kiddie cars ruled.
One had a huge placard made up to look like a real newspaper tory w/several pages touting the RARE BARN FIND hard to find 57 chevy along with photos of the "restoration"
What a joke, all you need is a catalog, deep pockets and spare time.
Most sported a raft of shiny aftermarket crap under the hood and elsewhere.
The rest were rods customs etc, etc, and many were really late model newer cars making a large part of the field look like a late model used car lot.
Car shows suck anymore!
Posted 2017-08-28 11:16 AM (#547187 - in reply to #546563) Subject: Re: Made a local car show yesterday th the 300-F
Location: USA - KY
I hear ya, finsruskw! It can get a bit much at times.
Sometimes though, I manage to hit on some great shows, which can make up for it all.
I took my old FL to a couple of Indianapolis-area shows this past weekend, each with approx. 400+ cars entered.
The very well-attended "Artomobilia" show in Carmel, Indiana was a great show with something for everyone, and the weather was perfect. The cars were parked along the streets of the "arts district" of Carmel. I was parked beside a mega-cute Nash Metropolitan, and the two cars had to be the most photographed during the event. It never let up! The Metro and the DeSoto seemed to be the people's two favourite cars, for sure. The questions regarding my car never ended. Folks seem to be really drawn to our old finned beasts.
But of course, a perfect-in-every-way Bel Air won the class. It was a beauty, I have to admit, and the two "handlers" were super nice guys.
Oh well, I got to sit in a FAB new Bentley 'vert, and a new McLaren, which was grrrreat. I can dream...
The next day, we attended a Mopar fun show at one of the Chrysler plants in Kokomo, Indiana, where we saw tons of wonderful muscle cars, both classic and modern. I saw a '33 and a '54 DeSoto tucked away at different ends of the field, but never found the owners. At the end of the show, most of the old and new muscle cars burned rubber as they left the grounds, which was loud, and I gotta admit, rather impressive. The Chargers and the Vipers really went for it. I guess the local cops turn a blind eye to this annual event.
We saw a couple of other finned Mopars at this show, and got to speak to their owners.
But the DeSoto was a real crowd pleaser, and we heard the usual comments about how rarely a finned Mopar is seen, and how they really stand out from the crowd. They seem to draw the attention of men, women, and children alike. It is a real boost when so many folks take the time to come over and say how much they enjoyed seeing a rare-ish FL car, and thank us for taking the time and effort it takes to take it to a public event.
I left the show grounds in a more stately fashion than did the muscle cars, but I did manage to get some cheers, waves, and thumbs up.
A great car-focused weekend, over all. My favourite sort of summer weekend!