Sunday, February 6, 2005

Good Show

Yesterday’s car show in Homestead was great. The weather was perfect – not too hot with just a few clouds – and we had a great turn-out. We have seventy cars pre-registered and another thirty or so that came in on the day-of-show. We had everything from a 1913 Detroiter to a 1976 Chevrolet Corvette. And Mustangs – lots of Mustangs – including a couple of Shelby GT’s.

This is our only officially judged show, and we give awards for each of our sixteen classes, plus a Best Pre-War and Best Post-War. (In car club lingo, World War II is the “war” we use as the break since auto production stopped for the four years of the duration.) The Best Pre-War was a 1936 Cord 810/812. The Cord is a magnificent example of automotive ingenuity; it was the first American car with front wheel drive, hidden headlights, and a rudimentary automatic transmission. The Best Post-War was a tie between a beautiful 1955 Buick Roadmaster convertible and a 1947 Morgan three-wheeler.

The best part, though, was having a good time and seeing a lot of really cool cars, most of which had been restored to factory specs. There were some interesting entries, too, including a 1953 Meteor Victoria. Meteors were built by Ford of Canada and combined elements of both Fords and Mercurys – Ford bodies, Mercury trim, and Meteor badging.

All in all, we had a great time. It was a good way to kick off the fiftieth anniversary year of the club.