It’s that time of year when we all like take in a car show andÃ‚Â hang out with friends and family, eat a lot of food, stay hydrated and talk a lot of car talk. Aaron Von Minden and I tried to make it happen together but he had some loose ends in So Cal he had to finish up and so we spent the day in Livermore California with 700 other cars all parked on the street in the downtown area. We won some goodies, ate lunch in one of the more colorful watering holes while watching the final laps of the Nascar race and met lots of friends old and new.
Cars show are a great way to spend the day especially with my wife and kids and our grandson and they are in some way I suppose a family tradition that all of our kids have been involved with. We all enjoyed handing that same tradition and love of all things automotive down to our grandson Tyler. For me, many of the cars have stories and even though I may not know the owners, I am still reminded of memories from the past… First car, first ticket, first wreck, first date, first kiss, first… ER, well never mind. I think you get the idea but there are so many other memories of friends, places, and specialÃ‚Â times from my past that make many of these old cars seem as if they can rewrite the entire story of my past and I am sure thess same sentimentsÃ‚Â were happening in the minds of so many others that were there as well.
One of the coolest things I saw today was a tribute to the 75th anniverasry of the 32 Ford. It was a pedal car that was being sold at a silent auction and it was signed by none other than Edsel B Ford II.
I suppose I’m giving away my age but I was the only person who knew what this carb was called. Even the owner didnt know it was called an “Over & Under” let alone the fact that it’s a four barrel built by Ford.
As soon as I saw this I began wondering if Gary and The Garage had gone into the plate frame business.
Hey Ya Sonny… 23 Scadoo… Yohoo! Back in 32Ã‚Â me an the Misses… Ye Sir!
Yeah, this was one of my favorites!
Since I was a kid, there has always been something special about a good old fashioned cheater slick.
At first glance this goat looked great but after getting up close the paint was really bad and coming off. But none of that mattered when I found out it was all original and being driven by the original owner. I have no doubtÃ‚Â we have passed each other at one time or another, me in my Shelby and him in his goat.Ã‚Â Very cool.
Speaking of Shelbys, here is Lucky parked sqaure in the middle of the main intersection of Livermore.