Car show politics

August 30, 2006

The politics of a few in the old car hobby are affecting many again. Seems a big local car club is boycotting certain shows that come to our area. I’m against this practice for many reasons. We’re too small of a group to have infighting like this. For years we hot rodders were the bain of the restorers. Custom owners are another group that tends to distance itself from certain venues. If a show doesn’t award trophies I can’t see a downside. The trophy hounds don’t have to worry about not winning, and the true car guys could care less. We even have our share of snobs who feel because they put so much money into their cars they’re better than us. Here’s a news flash, we were charter members of NSRA, we were there at the first Nationals. We drive and enjoy what we build. Anyone can buy an old car, a real car guy builds his.

If as a group we can’t agree to disagree, our future is doomed. Teenagers today are hard pressed to get the title to any old car. Interest by young people is lessening because of the price of admission into the hobby. When you tell a kid that it’ll cost him $30,000 minimum to into a nice ride you almost always price it out of their range. If you show him how to buy a roller for $500 and invest a lot of sweat equity, you have a car guy for life. So if these boycotts continue, myself and several of my friends who attend your events will do the same. It won’t hurt your bottom line but it will scream volumes about your elitist attitude.

September doings

August 30, 2006

Since Labor Day is right around the corner I thought I’d list a few upcoming car doings. These are local and we’ve been to all of them over the years, and will make quite a few this year.

Friday, Sept 1
Dick N Sons Cruise-in
Dick N Sons, Conoco, Subway, Blue Grass, Ia.
6 to 9

Saturday, Sept 2
Kewanee Hog Days Car Show
1001 N Main St, Kewanee, Illinois.
Moose Lodge 1261. 8-4 pm
Call Dan Garcia at 309-853-8059 days

Sunday, Sept 3
Quad Cities Antique Ford Club Open Display
Big Lot’s parking lot, 3652 Brady St., Davenport.
10 to 4 Call 563-323-0231

Monday, Sept 4
McCausland Labor Day Car Show
Downtown, McCausland, Iowa. 8-4 pm.
Call Bob or Bev Hintz at 563-225-6581

Galesburg Area Car Cruises
Autozone – Ayerco, 1722 N. Henderson St,
Galesburg, IL Call 309-289-2046.
Sept 9

Cruise-A-Matics Cruise Nite
Hardees, Coralville, Iowa. 5:30 – ???
Sept 15
Call Daryl & Deb at 319-351-8907

Saturday, September 16
Mopars for “Make a Wish” Cruise in
Islae of Capri Casino parking lot, Bettendorf, Iowa
10-4 pm. Call 563-285-6955.

Saturday, Sept 16
11th St. Annual Car Show
AMC 11th Street/31st Avenue Business Assoc.
Watchtower Plaza, 3800 11th St, Rock Island, IL 8-2 pm.
Call Alan Carmen at 309-732-2900.

Saturday, Sept 16
**Planes, Trains & Autos Car Show
Downtown, Geneseo, Illinois. 8 am to 1 pm.

Saturday, Sept 16
River Valley Classics Cruise Night
Northpark Mall, Davenport, Iowa
6:00 to 10:00 pm. Call Don Valley at 563-391-5213

Sunday, September 17
Blackhawk Chapter Pontiac Club Car Show
3500 Brady St, Davenport, Iowa
Klemme’s Klassic Kars 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Call Bill Parker at 563-386-3618.

Sunday, Sept 17
J.C. Whitney Car Show
One JC Whitney Way, LaSalle, Illinois
9-4 pm. Call info hotline at 815-667-7717.

Saturday, Sept 23
Maid-Rite Cruise-in
Bettendorf Maid Rite 6-?

Saturday, Sept 30
River Valley Classics Cruise Night
Northpark Mall, Davenport, Iowa
6:00 to 10:00 pm. Call Don Valley at 563-391-5213

2010 Chrysler 300 convertible

August 29, 2006

This is a picture of the 2010 Chrysler 300 4-door convertible. It has a folding metal top and is awaiting the final ok from the head dogs. Be quite a feather in their cap if they can pull it off. With the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro both set to debut in the 2009 model year it could make for interesting 2008.

Pontiac might get a much needed boost if they run with the Grand Prix based on a Holden platform. Same people that did the GTO that fizzled, but a rear wheel drive Grand Prix with a 362 horsepower V-8 based on a Holden Commodore platform would be really neat. I hope they all realize that not all people want econoboxes that get 35 mpg.

some more events

August 26, 2006

The Quad City Ignitors held their all Ford cruise tonight at Checker’s on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island. While it was a smaller cruise-in, for a small start-up club it had some impressive cars. There were Mustangs, of course, a Cobra, a Torino Cobra, a couple of street rods, a few 56′ Fords, a retractable, and the only 37′ Lincoln Zepher I’ve ever seen. I’m sorry I didn’t take my camera. The Lincoln had a V-12 flathead engine.

Tomorrow the Village of East Davenport will host the tractor show. It always seems to get a little hectic this time of year because most guys put their toys in storage before the first snow. I get mine ready for winter. As soon as I hunt up a heater core and fix some wiring gremlins I’ll be ready for another winter.

The motorcycle show and swap meet is September 1, 2, and 3. I was informed I had wrong by someone in the club that hosts the show and I appologize for any inconvience this may have caused.

the Farmer

August 25, 2006

I got a pleasant surprise in the paper today. When I went to the sports section of the QC Times they had a really good story on Arnie “the farmer” Beswick. Glad to hear he recovered from his 2003 accident in Missouri. While the story doesn’t go into the accident you can go to IHRA to learn more about that.

Arnie’s going to be at the 53rd World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova this week-end so I hope for good weather. If you want to read the article you should go

show and found

August 25, 2006

The Quad City Ignitor’s are hosting an all Ford Cruise-in, sponsored by Sexton Ford, at Checker’s on Blackhawk Road tomorrow night begining at 6 p.m. They are asking for a $2 donation per vehicle. Ford related door prizes and top 10 trophies. Rain date for this event will be Sunday, August 27.

On a different slant this link leads to story about an ice truck that sank in Lake Okoboji in 1948 and was recently found again by divers. I think it’s an interesting story, and it even has a few pictures.

night against crime

August 24, 2006

United Neighbors night out against crime was last night. I find it hard to believe that in a city this size they only had a turnout of 300. A cruise-in around here can draw 400 cars, each with at least a driver, and twice as many spectators. Is there really that much apathy out there? Shootings are in the news at least weekly and the turnout is this small? I should also say I wasn’t there. I wasn’t there for the same reason I didn’t go to pep rallys in high school. Everybody gets all warm and fuzzy at these things and vows to change their ways and go promply about forgetting whatever got them worked up in the first place. Like the old saying goes talk’s cheap. At any rate if anyone is really interested in getting the QC Times slant on this thing the story is here.

idle thoughts

August 24, 2006

Ever since I seen the little 27′ Nash runabout at the flying eyeball I’ve been working on plans for a radical Model A project. The drawings are done and I almost have the cost figures so I may get pretty busy for a while. My son and I were out in the garage until almost midnight last night and even though some have told me my plan won’t work we may give it go. I was told the same thing with my idea for my 39′ Plymouth a few years back and I sold it before it was done because someone offered me way more than I had it.

Also if you down Orlando way its worth a short detour to Ocala, Florida to see the Don Garlits Museum. For me keep Universal Studios and Disney World, the museum was the highlight of my trip. If you like Hemi’s, racing Hemi’s, street Hemi’s, drag cars, street rods, or antiques this place is a must see. Anyway, if you want to learn a little more about the place go here.
For some pictures go here.

Arsenal scare

August 22, 2006

This is a picture on the QC Times website updated a short time ago. The wife said something was going on at the entrance to the Arsenal bridge as they had the streets blocked and a squad car with lights on also. Turns out someone found a suitcase and thought it may be a bomb. It ended up being trash thankfully.

the weekend

August 21, 2006

I had a weekend like I haven’t had in quite a while. A friend talked me into going up on the Skybridge, I didn’t like it. Since in rained Friday night the street dance was inside RME and my son talked me into going in, I did like RME with two bands going. As with these yearly gatherings I learned who got ran into and sidelined, who died, who is going to die, and who had babies. I even picked up some work during the busy weekend. The only thing that never ceases to amaze me is that there is next to no media coverage. This event featured a million dollars plus in cars, pinstripers from all over the U.S., and people with ready cash to spend.

This wasn’t or ever was about numbers. As the Wiz told us- it’s not about making money, it’s about having fun. I also know the person who got inducted in the Quad Cities Hot Rod Hall of Fame, and I can only say it’s about time. There were stories at every car, or truck, and all anyone had to do was ask. I found out old hosipal urinals can be used for air cleaners, some hot sounding cars can pop wheelies, and the hobby is alive and well. And to the young man who stopped at my truck with several questions, there are no dumb questions, keep asking.