Car Show

There was a community car show at the shopping center a couple of weeks ago. It had been a few years since the last time I’d attended one, so I decided to check it out. I prefer to visit car shows early, after most of the display vehicles have arrived and the owners are putting the finishing touches on the displays.

Arriving early allows me to chat with other visitors and to see the cars and trucks before the hoods are opened to display the engines. I wish more display car owners would close the hoods so people could enjoy seeing the clean styling, uninterrupted by opened hoods, doors, and trunk lids. However, the owners spend as much money on their engines as the rest of the vehicles so they want to show off the expensive engines.

The event judges were just beginning their rounds, too, so they and I went about choosing our favorites. The judges would award trophies long after I had left for home. Meantime I have three photos of cars that I liked best, in no particular order.

The hood was already open on the 1939 Ford sedan. This car was a husband and wife restoration project that they had lovingly worked on during several years. The couple happily described which parts of the vehicle they worked on. Their Ford was immaculate and nearly perfect.

The midnight blue Chevrolet Malibu SS is my current favorite out of the batch. The owner told me his car had been a work in progress for a few years. He was especially proud of the wheels. He had adapted the spinners of the wheel covers from a Chevy Impala to fit over aftermarket disk wheels.

The red 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS photo had to be included because I used to own one almost identical to this. I didn’t realize at the time I shot this image that my Toyota Camry was captured at the same time. It’s amusing that a car resembling my first car had my present car in the background–the white car at the center top of the photo. Meanwhile, the vintage Camaro triggered many happy memories of my youth. Isn’t nostalgia part of the appeal of car shows?


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes actor and filmmaker, Gary Oldman. “I was quiet, a loner. I was one of those children where, if you put me in a room and gave me some crayons and pencils, you wouldn’t hear from me for nine straight hours. And I was always drawing racing cars and rockets and spaceships and planes, things that were very fast that would take me away.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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4 Responses to Car Show

  1. These are all great vintage cars, and they do bring back memories old and new. I remember Camaros like that one although I never owned one. The Camaro also reminds me of a recent memory. The grille bears a striking resemblance to a photo that I took in 2017 of a whale shark.

  2. Good choices. I think my favorite (based solely on appearance in these photos as I know nothing about cars) is the Ford Sedan

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