Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show – Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2010
Car building distractions continue!!
This past week was an interesting one for me and very pertinent to the subject of how life tends to get in the way of things we really want to do. Life is too short to do things that are not constructive and positive, especially when we have a choice. On Monday I resigned my position as a Program Coordinator of the Electrical / Electronic Engineering Technology program at the local College I work at. I love my work and I love teaching the students. The administrative side might be attractive to some people but if I had to attend one more “busy” meeting I was going to start sending paper airplanes around the room and running with scissors. I am going to focus on teaching and some other projects at work and hopefully have some time left over for the fun stuff. Once I submitted the resignation, boy, did I feel good!
Most of us still need the day job to pay for the mortgage, bills, and provide a budget for projects. It is a fine balance between everything we need to do and the things we need to do to keep ourselves sane. So for now there might be a bit of opening for some things that I have not been able to do for a while. Wish me luck.
Summer fun – Custom Car Cruises and Car Shows – The Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2010
Summer car shows and cruises are a great way to relax, kick back, and enjoy the summer and life in general. Many of these shows can be a great resource of ideas for your own project. Not only that, you can talk to other car builders and the idea pool can develop.
I live about 20minutes from the location of Canada’s largest outdoor car show. The Fleetwood Country Cruise In located at the Steve Plunkett estate in London Ontario has grown over the years. More information can be obtained at the following link: http://www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com/ . This year, the event will be on June 4th and 5th.
For the past several years, except for last year, I have had the good fortune to be able to attend. The cars in the show are parked in and around Steve Plunkett’s home and personal golf course. All of the money raised at the event is donated to a variety of charities. In June of 2008 I attended and was able to get a few good pictures of the Batcopter and Batmobile from the 1960’s weekly TV series Batman. The Batcopter flew in with the original Batman, Adam West and Catwoman Julie Newmar. Every year the car show has a different theme. This year it will be an American Griffiti theme.
Celebrities like custom car builder Geroge Barris attend the event yearly. I can remember when I was very young, probably around 10 years old, in the mid 1960’s, my father brought me to an Autorama show in the arena located in Sudbury Ontario. One of the main attractions at this show was the Batmobile, and several other movie star cars. As a kid, I was in my glory. For me, to see this rather nostalgic vehicle at the Fleetwood Country Cruise In, brought back many memories of my father from a time long ago.
The attraction to cars started very early in my life, and still continues today. I grew up during the 1960’s and 70’s during the time and growing popularity of the big three, GM, Ford, and Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth muscle cars, I’m not sure why, some would say the car attraction is in your blood or DNA. I can remember when I was in high school I would machine carburetor adapters and match them to bigger carburetors on one of my fathers Volkswagen Beetles. At the time, I even learned how to tune the exhaust on the old VW beetle and build my own simple timing lights. I was lucky to have a father that allowed tinkering with anything he had.
Last year, I intended to bring my Corvette convertible with its custom paint job to the Fleetwood Country Cruise In, but I needed to stay home with my wife’s parents who decided to come and visit with us. It would be bad etiquette to leave them alone while my wife was at work to go and see a car show. There is always next years show, and guess what, it is only about a month away.
Every year the Fleetwood Country Cruise In car show keeps getting larger and more popular. Not only that, each year you get to see some unique and very rare vehicles. The weather is always incredible and cooperates. It’s a full day event and for those that are interested in the evening entertainment, there is always some thing good from days gone by. The event starts Friday night and ends Saturday night will have great music, food, and this year an American Griffiti drive-in movie. Music will be by Brad Rose & Spirit, the Jim Chapman Band, Lou Christie & Brooklyn Bridge.
In past years at the Steve Plunkett estate there was also a weekly cruise every Thursday night, weather permitting. Often, I would often attend depending on what was going on at home. Many of the local car builders and owners attend along with a few out of town builders / owners. It is always an interesting social event and it was just nice to walk around the golf course and ponds just to relax and unwind at bit. Hopefully it will continue again this year.
The weather here is starting to be warm and sunny. Hopefully it will continue for the summer months. Now I need to get the engine back in my Corvette convertible and continue with the build of the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod. Of course I will need to fit this all in with a few more renovations on the old Victorian house we live in. Busy is good, who has time to sit around and watch TV? I like a few outside car shows through out the summer. It is a great excuse to get out in the Corvette convertible and go for a nice ride with the top down. Just maybe I might have the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod completed enough for a test drive.
Things to start watching for on 1929fordhotrod.com
I am hoping to have the plans ready to sell for the chassis I designed and developed for the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod using the C4 Corvette suspension components. The goal will be to have these completed for sometime in June or July this summer. Another plan is to create a series of how to videos related to custom car building. The videos will include everything from using the Mig welder, plasma cutter, to making brackets, and hot rod wiring. The intention is to share my knowledge and abilities so the craft and hobby will continue to grow. I find one of the greatest rewards in life is to build something to use or enjoy.
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