The week started at Bristol 45 Diner in Bristol, Wisconsin. It was a beautiful night for the bi-monthly show. When I arrived the lot was nearly full and the cars just continued to pour in. What's unique about the car show at the Bristol 45 Diner is it draws cars from both Wisconsin and Illinois offering different and unique rides. Outstanding rods, some unique classics, a couple of great survivors and a funny nod to Mr. Nader were all on display. An unexpected treat for me was my first lesson about hit and miss engines. Brad H. of Bristol had 5 of his own hit miss engines proudly displayed and running at the show. This polite and well informed young man was more than happy to give me the low down on this interesting form of internal combustion. It was a popular display and the POP whoosh whoosh whoosh POP was so cool to listen to throughout the show. I can’t talk about the car show without talking about the Diner that hosts this great event. Bristol 45 Diner is a warm, inviting restaurant with a fun retro vibe. It has super friendly service and terrific food; killer fries and one of the best chocolate malts I have EVER had! It's a great place that puts on a great show check out the slideshow and trust me about the malts you've gotta get up there and try one for yourself!
Wednesday was Park on Park. This show is proudly celebrating 10 years of bringing classic cars to the heart of Mundelein. Hats off the Pete Christie and company for having the vision to create this show and the dedication to put in ALL the hard work required to create such an enormously popular event. So popular in fact, that this months event had nearly 400 cars with hundreds of spectators despite that fact that all Chicagoans were Hockey fans that night and were glued to their T.V.'s. Proving that if you are lucky enough to get a space at Park on Park nothing is going to make you leave - not even a championship for a hometown team! You have three more chances to get out to this show this year and if you don't have plans for July 3rd the same folks are putting on the 11th Annual Mundelein Classic Car Show. Same location as Park on Park, from 10am to 1pm. No age restrictions for the July 3rd show, all vehicles and motorcycles welcome!
There was so much to see at this past Park on Park it wouldn't fit in one slideshow. The night was so jam packed, I even had a brush with local royalty. The goods are all there in Park on Park #1 and #2. Enjoy!
I hope the weather holds this week so I can head out to parts unknown to see what I can see and bring it to you. 'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
Bad weather Saturday didn't bum out the Blacktop Barons; the 5th Annual Roadblock was quite the bash. Sweet Chariots, rockin' Rockabilly, and a smokin' grill were the ingredients for a great day - who needed the sun! Customs, Classics and one of a kind's came out for the Roadblock, all parked on the grounds of the Lyons Farm Historic Village, creating a "roadblock" the likes of which you've never seen! Nothing like the classic rides and historic buildings to create a great vibe. Not only was this a great opportunity to hang out in a cool place with cool rides but, all the proceeds form the Roadblock went the Muscular Dystrophy Association. So you were doing good without even tryin'! See for yourself what a great show the Blacktop Barons put on, it's all in the slideshow. I know this show is going on my calendar for next year!
It was a wonderful weekend for the "official" start to the cruising season. Friday we decided to head to Rolling Meadows for the cruise night the Rolling Meadows Cruisers Car Clubs puts on. It was support the troops night, and the people were out in droves. We have it on good authority that there were nearly 300 cars parked in the old Dominick's lot. This show runs Friday nights all summer long and trust me, this show is worth the trip. If you're bringing your ride people start arriving around 4:30 anytime after 6 is great if you are there to simply "gawk" at the awesome display. Everything from mild to wild at this one. Check out the slideshow and you can see for yourself.
Saturday we found ourselves at Miller's Dog N Suds for the season opener of their Saturday Cruise Night. Let me tell you we picked the perfect night to head up to Miller's! The lot at the drive-in was filled to capacity; the overflow filled the neighboring lot and was spilling over to the train station. The finest Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Customs and Classics in the area were out at Miller's on Saturday. In addition to the rides that come out for this event there is the draw of Miller's itself. Going to Miller's Dog N Suds is like stepping back in time. It's a true 50's style drive-in; family owned and operated for 43 years. Roy (second generation) was handing out dash plaques, his son Brad was running the restaurant and various grandchildren, nieces and nephews were car hopping or serving that famous root beer. It was an all around great event, with live music to boot! The Saturday Cruise Night runs through the summer from 6-10pm, like Rolling Meadows - get there early! Here is the first slideshow of our Saturday night; sorry I don't have a Coney Dog to go with it.
Stay tuned for more from our jam packed weekend.
Traditional old school drag racing was the name of the game on Saturday at the historic Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove Wisconsin. And it was the fellas of the Chrome Czars car club that were responsible for the awesome shin dig. If that name sounds familiar it's because the Chrome Czars put on none other than the notorious Hunnert Car Pile Up every year. Let me tell you when this club puts it's efforts into an event it's a happening that's sure to please. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not get the memo that this hoe down was going on and failed to cooperate with the "Czars" this year. I felt hail, get the drift. Weather aside, it was a great event with hundreds of hearty souls out braving the elements to enjoy a day of drag racing as well an impressive show and "shine" . As with the Pile Up the rides that showed up for the Heads Up were fantastic examples of pre-1965 mechanical artistry. Creativity and individuality was everywhere. Check out my slideshow to see for yourself. As for the racing well, it was traditional hot rod racing at its best. No timing lights, no win loose lights, real hands drop flag man (& woman). If you won you went on to the next race; if you lost "you went to the bar." There were gassers, hot rods, A/FX cars and even front engine dragsters. It was all heads up, just like back in the day racing, come as you are and run what you brung. It was great to see those cars not only looking pretty in the pits but tearing up the track. I have a slideshow and video so you can see the goods for yourself. Well, it was a great albeit damp start to the local season. I look forward to getting out and about. Next show Park on Park. I hope old Mother Nature gets the memo this time!
"Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
So it seems that the Corvette Museum was a bit of a hit. I had a few more pictures so I decided to put a slideshow together so you could get a truer National Corvette Museum experience. Now I'm telling you, if you have any inclination toward "America's Sports Car" this slideshow will show you that you need to make the trip to Bowling Green and check this place out. The dizzying display of unique and one of a kind Vette's is something that shouldn't be missed. The slideshow is just a sweet temptation and the tip of the iceberg of what this museum has to offer. Enjoy!
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!