Well, this year, my olestationbus, you remember my olestationbus don't you?
Anyway, the olestationbus started acting up really bad on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and, of course, just a day before the beginning of the Rod Run.
And to quote the infamous Peter DeLorenzo, All Kinds Of Not So Good.
Yepe, this olelongrooffan was driving up A1A and the dang thing just started missing and sputtering and generally causing me a Mess O' Trouble. I was embarrassed as all get out and had to park it just north of the Bellair Plaza and called the Kid to come rescue me.
I thought it was out of petro but, alas, this was not the case. We abandoned that rescue and waited for thejeepjunkie to embark on another rescue mission.
Yeah Old Car Issues, Not Old Car Problems.
So, in the meantime, the Kid and this olelongrooffan decided to head down to Bellair Plaza and check out the rides.
Well, needless to say, this oleman was bummed out about the status of my olestationbus, thejeepjunkie arrived and got my olestationbus started, full choke, and nursed it back to the Taj Mahal and parked it out front.
No amount of expert advice could get that old Ford 170, C3, Motorcraft 1100 carb working that weekend and then it was time to call in the real professional. I took it, first to Beachside Auto Parts, and of course they told me to, once again, head to Daytona Auto Parts down in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Those World Famous Carb guys are awesome.
A blog is coming soon about their shop.
In the meantime, while I am working on a ton of blogs about the 2009 Turkey Rod Run and a bunch of other stuff, enjoy the repost of one of my 2008 blogs about the Turkey Run.
And remember to Celebrate Life.
So last night, Saturday, was the final night of the events of the Rod Run for this year out at Belaire Plaza. the Kid, thejeepjunkie and the longrooffan were fortunate enough to have some premo parking spots. I had parked my olestationbus in this location earlier in the day and then took my newoleragtop down there after returning from the track. Parking on Friday and Saturday nite is at a premium and one must be diligent to get any spot, much less a good one.
I arrived and my newoleragtop was situated a couple spots away on the same drive aisle as the olestationbus. A 3/4 ton Suburban, similar to The bus's was parked where that CJ5 is and I struck up a conversation with the occupants. When they were headed out for a walkabout, they fretted about locking up that Burban and I mentioned I would keep an eye on it. While they were gone, a group, who turned out to be the Owner's brothers, came up, and as they had a key, I figured all was good. When they returned, I mentioned that a group came up but since they had a key, I ascertained all was okay. The Owner's wife laughed and said, 'Yeah, there are a bunch of brothers around and they all have a key'. We chuckled and I mentioned it sounded like my family. As they were from out of town and, when queried, I recommended a good place to eat. I then asked if they were leaving and the response was positive. I asked if they were returning and the response was negative. I then asked if I could have their spot and of course I got a positive response out of that. So I moved that newoldragtop up to the front row and when the Kid and thejeepjunkie arrived we ended up all together with a great location.
Now, as you will notice in this image, thejeepjunkie is drinking a bottle of water. He commented to me earlier in the day that he needed to quit hanging out with me, for the events at Belaire Plaza, as he always woke up the next morning with a headache. I mentioned to him that he did not need to drink that much. We both got a chuckle out of that as he has used that comment to me previously.
I took the next few shots from the top of some infield bleachers out at the track, just to give you an idea of the enormity of this event.
The strip of asphalt you see in the following image is the "Horseshoe Turn" of the 24 Hours track.
If you enlarge this image, you can see turns 3 and 4 of the NASCAR track, along with the requisite hotels in the background.
This image was taken at the car show at Fortunato Park down near that bridge where the Kid and thejeepjunkie go fishing and where we saw those hoons from Georgia in that boat.
I originally took this image for my Orphans At The Rod Run post but realized this is not a 1959 Plymouth Suburban but a Dodge. Since Dodges are still in production, it didn't make that blog but you get to see it here. A nice piece with cool old fins.
While the Kid, thejeepjunkie and I were hanging out in front of our own, impromptu, car show, we saw a proudad pushing this old fin replica down the parking lot aisle.
I had to go get a shot of this kid carrier, a replica of a 58 Cadillac El Dorado ragtop with huge fins.
When I mentioned to proudad about my blog, he asked for the address and I gave him a card with it on it. I asked him where he got it and he told me his dad made it. Pretty creative and it wins the Best Stroller Award for the whole weekend.
And a shot of proudad and proudmom with the kid who could care less, after all, that kid is checking out the Kid's CJ5.
Earlier in the day, I spotted this 55 Cadillac Series 62 limosine. All original and looking sweet.
And a rare old International Harvestor pickup truck.
This is a forward control Corvair pickup with the rampside.
A nice piece. I never realized they had both the rampside and a tailgate.
And these Model T's I shot down at Fortunato Park. The brass grill on these are $12,000 a piece.
And this REO Speed Delivery. The band REO Speedwagon is named for this manufacturer.
Then there is this cool old professional car.
A 53 Packard Hearse.
The image below states its authenticity.
Now for a couple videos. Look at this old Econoline updated to drive down the road backwards. This might qualify as the funkiest sighting of the weekend.
And for the dirtsister, this is bagged and slammed.
Altogether, another fantastic car filled weekend with the Kid and thejeepjunkie. Over all too soon but the good stuff always is.