Ok, when I say short but sweet I really mean it. This weekend was so jam packed I'm gonna to have to take a minute to collect myself. But stay tuned, there's a TON of good stuff to come; more of the midwest's greatest rides, vintage drags and the Chicago Wise Guys burning up the quarter, and more Street Challenge AutoCross! For now here's the Builder's Choice top 10 winners, prepare yourself for some amazing rides! And a congrats to Brent of Performance Restorations, I knew that Corvette was a winner!
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
Although the weatherman said the rain would come, I think all the goodguys and gals at the Chicagoland Speedway thought that their collective good thoughts could keep it away. Alas, free car washes for everyone was the order of business today at the Goodguys 4th Chicagoland Nationals, but a little rain couldn't stop the fun at Goodguys. It was soggy smiles and good spirits all around today oh and just a couple thousand spectacular rides. The rides were off the hook and I personally think the rain only added to their shine. The show definitely went on in style. I've got to hand it to the people that hunkered down in their tents to stick it out. The folks that braved the elements were rewarded in the afternoon with the musical stylings of the Crown Vics rocking out in Garage 1; they were way out (I bought the disc) and I look forward to hearing them again tomorrow. The only bummer was the track cruise was cancelled. I think I might have been the most upset person at the entire show because I had dibs on the passenger seat in the gorgeous award winning "Candy Red" 900hp '65 Corvette from Performance Restorations. Thanks anyway Brent but, next year I call shotgun! Now take a look at just some finery from today.
Luckily there was some AutoCross excitement before the rain began. I was finally able to see that mean green machine (the Chevelle) from the Roadster Shop in action. That thing is as bad as it looks!
Here is an up close look at 3 awesome rides in the Builder's Choice area.
I know tomorrow is going to be as an awesome day - Winner's Circle anyone? Til tomorrow - Keep on Kruzin!
How can I begin to describe an event that has it all. I'm talking about none other than GoodGuys 4th Chicagoland Nationals and honestly this show really does have it all. An awesome Show and Shine, exciting action at the AutoCross and to wrap up the day high speed action at the drag races at the Rt. 66 Drag Strip. Taking in all this automotive Nirvana has pushed me to near exhaustion, so please forgive my word conservation. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I'm gonna let these pics do the talking for me while I wash the pieces of burned tire off my face - those drags were awesome!
Here's just a taste of the "goods" at this year's Chicagoland Nationals
Now take a quick trip to the track for just some of the Vintage Drags.
I know tomorrow is going to be just as busy, I can't wait to see what I see. If you are anywhere near Joliet, I strongly urge you to head on down and check out the action for yourself, it's soooo worth it! Check out Goodguys.com for all the info.
Til tomorrow - Keep on Kruzin!
Is it me or did the summer just fly by? I know the cruise night season is sadly drawing to an end because I just attended the last Mundelein Park on Park for the 2010 season. Let me tell you their season ended with a bang. It was a near record turnout for the show and daylight was the only thing in short order Wednesday night.
One thing about Park on Park that you can always count on is that it is never the same show twice, there is an ever changing variety of rides showing up that continues to surprise. It's that reputation for variety in addition to the quality of the rides that has made Park on Park such a success. A brief side note - the show didn't "officially" start until 6:30; however by 4:30 one of the lots was nearly full and cars were already beginning to park along the main drag of Seymour Ave!
Speaking of variety and unexpected rides, front and center were three out of this world Corvette dream machines from the mind of one Mr. Brent Jarvis. This bevy of beauties were all produced by our friends at Performance Restorations and I'll say this cache of Corvettes would make Vette fans out of the staunchest Ford or Mopar guys! And when that trio of monsters were at idle, their straight through side pipe exhausts made the windows rattle and the pavement vibrate! Not quite sure how he escapes the attention of Johnny Law with that group at full song. Now each had a varying incarnation of an all aluminum big block ranging from an old school carbureted 565 beast putting out 900hp to a 427 built to L88 specs to a modern version of the 565 with programable EFI. Three varying degrees of extreme not to mention the three very distinct and beautifully crafted bodies these powerhouses were stuffed into. All three parked in a row, boy what a gorgeous display Brent.
To the other extreme I just had to walk only about a half a block down Seymour Ave. to find Jack Oliver and his homebuilt and I mean entirely from scratch homebuilt midget racer. Have you ever seen a car with a Chevette rear end with Harley shocks paired with a Model A front end with Corvette shocks? A true genius, Jack has built this racer in, as he puts it, "his third childhood". An innovator all the way he is literally building the cars he dreamt of in his younger years. Did I mention this piece of homebuilt heaven is powered by a salvaged and rebuilt Kawasaki motorcycle engine. A new class of vintage midget racing could be started around this car alone. Jack you are an inspiration!
Now let's see, throw in an award winning Suburban and a Chevelle from the world renowned Roadster Shop, several old friends and about 450 of the best pre 1977 muscle, classic and custom cars as well as top notch street, rat and hot rods and you've got yourself a great finale to a great season!
This is what I am talking about when I say the unique and unexpected rides that consistently make Park on Park a success year after year.
Have a look at some more great rides that were at the Park on Park 10th season Finale
A huge thank you to all the folks that take time out of their busy lives to volunteer and help put on such an awesome show. And another huge thank you to the father/son duo of Pete and Tony Christie, you have organized one heck of a show and congratulations on 10 successful years! Here's to many many more successful seasons! If you would like to find out more about Park on Park check out their website ParkonPark.com
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin
I hit another awesome show this weekend - the 20th Annual Orphan Auto Picnic; put on by the Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiast Club. Much like the Micro/Mini Meet, the Orphan Auto Picnic was a bit off the beaten path for me but well worth the effort! This picnic/show gloriously showcased those rare and unique vehicles that you just don't get to see all that much of anymore. The Orphans at this show were either abandoned marques or brands, or the manufacturer itself is no longer in business; additionally the ride had to be at least 20 years old. Just the right ingredients for a perfectly unique "Picnic". How often do you get to see multiple Metropolitans, a hoard of Hudsons or a crush of Corvairs all in one spot and thats just naming only a few of the defunct darlings of the automotive world that were at this years Picnic.
And when I say a crush of Corvairs, I mean 62 of these rear engine beauties gathered together and displayed as the featured vehicle of this 20th Annual Picnic. There were examples of every Corvair ever produced, including 3 very rare 1st edition 1960 models. I must say, I saw the 50th Anniversary Corvair display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and in my humble opinion, the gathering at this year's picnic was quite a bit larger and packed a much bugger punch - way to go Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts!
To date, this years Picnic was the largest yet and the numbers keep growing each year, both in registered Orphans and spectator attendance. It is understandable because this really is a great show. Who wouldn't love a show where you are greeted with a smile and a commemorative badge upon entering and once you're there you feel like you've been invited to a family reunion. My OAP 20 badge is on my camera bag and I will be keeping that souvenir proudly with me for many shows to come.
The owners of these Orphans are some of the most passionate enthusiasts I have ever encountered. Open and inviting, they were more than happy to answer any passing query about their "babies". In addition to interesting and unique vehicles, the Kendall County Fairground is the perfect venue; plenty of shade and plenty of room to grow. It all makes for a really great vibe to this show and trust me, this is really something special. This is an event that I would highly recommend. Twenty successful years and counting, this show is here to stay! If you are interested in next years Picnic or any of the other interesting things the Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts Club is up to, check out their website. Not only passionate about the preservation and celebration of the Corvair, this club is just as enthusiastic about putting on a great event showcasing all Orphans from across the automotive industry - thanks for keeping the Faith! Enough talking about this great event, check out the slideshow - it goes a little fast but there was a TON to fit in. Enjoy!
'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!