Today was the Hot-Rod-Arama, and I got the car over to the show around 10. The sky was overcast, but there wasn’t much rain at the beginning of the show. Lots of bitchin cars down in the lower lot.
I think my two favorite cars were Dave York’s Shoebox, and the maroon channeled, full-fendered Deuce 5W. There were others that I liked a lot too, but those were the two I studied the longest. Dave’s shoebox has got me all messed up…it’s one of the most bitchin’ customs I’ve laid
eyes on in recent years.
Josh from Amocat had set up an “Obsolete Technology Challenge” board, and I gave that a shot. I ended up getting 38 out of 50, which I guess wasn’t too bad. Some of those fucking vintage specialty tools were absolutely foreign to me…I guess that’s what happens when you do most of your work with just a big ol’ hammer.
The board was a great idea though…it was fun to try to figure it all out.
Sometime in the afternoon the rain starting coming down. It was no big deal, but by about 5:30 I decided that my car had suffered out in the rain long enough. I took it over to a family friend’s shop and dried it off. About the time I was finishing up, I got a call from Chris.
“Hey Brian, you aren’t still out at the Hot-Rod-Arama are you?” Evidently I won an award, and I wasn’t even there to get it! I didn’t even know there were awards….and I felt like a total dick for not being there.
So anyway I hitched a ride back over to the show, and of course I got heckled a bit for splitting before the show was over. I found Steve and he gave me this bitchin’ trophy. I’m still not exactly sure what award it was that I won, but a couple people told me it was the “big one.” All I know is that the trophy is super cool.
Thanks to Steve and all the guys that put the show on. I really had a good time, rain or no rain. It was really nice to meet all the people that I got to talk to up here. Hopefully it won’t actually be the last Hot-Rod-Arama, because I’d like to come back.
For the next couple of days, I’ll be in Seattle spending time with Angie and her family, so the next update probably won’t be until I set out for Salt Lake City.
Thanks for following along…